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Special Initiatives

Special Initiatives

The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) supports a variety of special initiatives, including:


Mentoring Works! - Woman mentoring a child
National Mentoring Month is an annual campaign that aims to recruit volunteer mentors to help America’s youth achieve their full potential.
National Service Recognition Day
Mayors, county officials, and other solution-oriented local leaders understand the unique role of national service in their communities. On National Service Recognition Day, elected officials nationwide take time to honor AmeriCorps members and Senior Corps volunteers.
President's Volunteer Service Award logo
America has a long and proud tradition of volunteer service.  The President’s Volunteer Service Award (PVSA) program is a great way to honor this American tradition and thank those who, by demonstrated commitment and example, inspire others to engage in volunteer service.  

Days of Service

Every year in January, we celebrate the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service, by volunteering our time as A Day On, Not a Day Off. There's hundreds of service opportunities all over the country.  The legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. continues as we give back to our communities and our neighbors. Help us celebrate his legacy by helping others. 
Since 2001, 9/11 victims’ families and survivors have encouraged Americans to consider performing acts of charitable service to honor the memories of their loved ones and pay tribute to those who continue to defend our nation.


Every day, college students help their communities in a variety of ways, from tutoring and mentoring children, to raising funds for worthy causes, to helping families recover from hurricanes and other disasters.
Faith-based and other community organizations recognize the value that national service volunteers bring to their organizations' missions as they help these groups accomplish more by recruiting, training, and supervising additional volunteers.
Indian Tribes and organizations that support Native American communities have been successfully drawing upon national service resources to meet family and community needs for more than 45 years. The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) through its Senior Corps, AmeriCorps State and National, AmeriCorps VISTA, and AmeriCorps NCCC programs has a long-standing commitment to working with tribal nations on a government-to-government basis and is committed to enhancing the collaboration process across all programs to address critical issues affecting Native American communities.

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