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June 6, 2017 | The Bradford Era (PA)
A group of teenagers from across the country will have packed schedules when they visit Potter County for two weeks later this month. They won’t be filling their time with sightseeing or hiking the mountainside, though. Instead, the young people  ––...
May 24, 2017 | WJRT-TV
A team of workers has arrived in Flint and will be helping with everything from blight elimination to mentoring students with math problems. A house was an eyesore with tall grass, trash and broken windows. Now the grass has been mowed, the trash tak...
May 22, 2017 | The Memphis Commercial Appeal (TN)
Every school day, at least four young adults in khaki pants and red flight jackets stand at the entrance to Brownsville Elementary and belt out cheerful greetings to students on their way into the building. "Hey! It’s you! You’re here! That’s great,...
May 22, 2017 | The Denver Post (CO)
Listening to Paula “Roddy” Godown recount the story of a student who realized he had the ability to overcome perceived limitations is as attention-grabbing as it is inspiring. The student, who quickly exceled among his classmates, is but one of the m...
May 21, 2017 | The Star News (NC)
Grandparents have an extraordinary influence on children’s lives. Carolyn James and James Nixon know firsthand how important that job is. James and Nixon are two of 40 foster grandparents volunteering with the New Hanover County Foster Grandparent Pr...
May 13, 2017 | The Skagit Valley Herald (WA)
AmeriCorps volunteer Kira Chatham knelt in the dirt Thursday morning at the Growing Veterans farm, pulling weeds and rocks from a garden bed and tossing them into a bucket. For the past two weeks, Chatham and nine other college-age AmeriCorps volunte...
May 13, 2017 | WOLO-TV (SC)
When finished, the Palmetto Trail will be one of just 16 cross-state trails in the nation, stretching from the Upstate to the Lowcountry. The Palmetto Conservation Foundation is leading completion efforts. Last summer, they launched the Palmetto Cons...
May 12, 2017 | The Union Newspaper (CA)
Americorps has pulled several hundred pounds of Scotch Broom from conservation easements around Nevada County over the past four weeks, and they continue to work on habitat restoration projects throughout the county. The team is working with Bear Yub...
May 7, 2017 | The Foster Folly News (FL)
Volunteer Florida is proud to showcase Children of Inmates, Inc., a Volunteer Florida grantee. Children of Inmates is Miami-based nonprofit organization that coordinates care and family reunification opportunities for Florida children whose parents a...
May 6, 2017 | The Bismarck Tribune (ND)
Elsie Brenkworth doesn’t like people telling her what to do. So when her daughter who lives in Maryland lined up someone to visit the 93-year-old weekly at her home here, Brenkworth resisted. Volunteer companion Mary McCormack, 64, admits it was a st...
May 4, 2017 | WisBusiness.com (WI)
A new program from Marshfield Clinic Health System will be launched in September to help people suffering from substance abuse in northern Wisconsin. MCHS Recovery Corps program is a part of AmeriCorps, a national service network launched in 1994 und...
May 1, 2017 | The Flint Journal (MI)
Additional patrols will hit the Flint River Trail in and around the downtown area beginning this week through the end of October following an expansion of the River Trail Watchers program. The University of Michigan-Flint announced the addition of tw...
April 30, 2017 | The Blade (OH)
Allean Harris is a hugger, so the two volunteers visiting her were not leaving the home without a warm embrace from the 83-year-old Toledo woman. Beth Veres, 76, and Freddi Roberson, 74, were the week’s Retired Seniors Volunteer Program visitors to M...
April 28, 2017 | FORBES
My late husband, Eli, loved to talk about the people he met in AmeriCorps’ early years (AmeriCorps is the public-private venture for national service across the country), when he served as the founding CEO of the Corporation for National and Communit...
April 26, 2017 | Military Times
When Brett Chappell joined Teach For America and entered its summer training institute in 2012, he had flashbacks to his time in boot camp. Once more he was undergoing intensive training on how to embrace new scenarios, become part of a different cul...
April 26, 2017 | The Hibbing Daily Tribune (MN)
Becky Kapella dislikes grocery shopping. But she enjoys volunteering. “I hate it,” she said. “I don’t like taking the time to do my shopping, so I do it when I grocery shop for the Groceries to Go clients.” Delivering groceries is just one of Kapella...
April 26, 2017 | The Frederick News-Post (MD)
For Kafilat Akande, AmeriCorps was more than a community service. It was a way out during what she described as “one of the lowest points in my life.” Akande, a Frederick resident, was homeless and unemployed, living in the Frederick Community Action...
April 25, 2017 | The Osage News (OK)
There is a new greenhouse in the Osage Senior Housing complex and its open for all Osage elders. It is open to all Osage senior citizens to grow herbs, plants, flowers, fruits and vegetables. The Grand Opening of the greenhouse was on March 30, where...
April 24, 2017 | The Post-Standard (NY)
National Volunteer Week, April 23-29, is an opportunity to recognize and thank volunteers who lend their time, talent and support to causes they care about in our community. I would like to honor a special group of senior-citizen volunteers who bring...
April 24, 2017 | KSL-TV (UT)
Each morning that Janice Jenkins walks into her classroom, she braces herself as 17 preschoolers swarm her with hugs. Jenkins, 70, is a Senior Corps volunteer and participant in the Foster Grandparents program. She donates her time and energy to the...
April 22, 2017 | The Silver City Daily Press (NM)
Some things cannot wait, because time will not. So, the village of Santa Clara and an enthusiastic, young AmeriCorps crew have taken the protection and maintenance of historic Fort Bayard into their own hands for now. Meanwhile, the village continues...
April 22, 2017 | The Post and Courier (SC)
For years, the Sustainability Institute’s Energy Conservation Corps has trained locally based, at-risk youth and veterans, many of whom were homeless, to do low-cost home repairs for elderly and low-income residents who can least afford high energy b...
April 21, 2017 | The Dispatch Argus (IL)
An AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps team is helping Living Lands & Waters through April 27 with wrapping trees in East Moline and removing debris from McKellar Lake, in Tennessee. The seven-member NCCC team from the North Central Regi...
April 20, 2017 | KVCR-FM (CA)
It began with a simple idea: provide a safe place in Boston where ex-cons and former gang members can work out, find support and maybe even get a job. The result is InnerCity Weightlifting, a nonprofit also known as ICW that connects them with job tr...
April 20, 2017 | The Times Daily (AL)
Willie T. Ricks is an integral part of the safety at Northwest Alabama Regional Airport. For the past eight years, Ricks, 76, has been a fixture at the airport as a volunteer in the Retired Senior Volunteer Program, commonly known as RSVP. Airport Di...
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