National Service Blog

  • Posted on Jun 6, 2014

    This special SSIR supplement, sponsored by GEO, captures the latest thinking about how nonprofit organizations, grantmakers, public funders, and social entrepreneurs can increase the impact of successful solutions to urgent social challenges. Includes interviews with Michael Smith of the Social Innovation Fund and Carla Javits of REDF (a SIF intermediary) on using public-private partnerships to achieve scale.

  • Posted on Aug 5, 2009
    Hi, I'm Leta, a 55 year old who has always tried to volunteer at some level. When I was younger & more fit, I volunteered as a staff member for my church's youth camps. I also started giving blood regularly at my local Red Cross collection center. Then, after a brief marriage and divorce, I plunged into volunteerism again to renew my faith and give myself a purpose in life. Believe me, volunteering does wonders for a wounded soul because I received far more than I gave.
  • Posted on Aug 5, 2009
    My younger brother, Eric, and I have joined the organization "Soldier's Angels" (SA). While there are many subgroups within SA that do different things, Eric and I joined the “Angel Bakers” Group. Each month we receive the name of a Soldier, Marine or Sailor who is in need of a care package and some kind words.
  • Posted on Aug 5, 2009
    The Woodville Community Library is not only a place where citizens of Woodville, WI and the surrounding area can borrow books, audio books, and movies, but it is also a community hub of information and activity.
  • Posted on Aug 4, 2009
    One of the most beautiful places in the Deckers Creek watershed is the scenic gorge along Route 7 in Morgantown, WV. This area is strewn with large boulders, lined with rhododendrons, and filled with waterfalls and cool deep pools. It contains world class kayaking, and is frequented by kayakers, rock climbers, bikers, and swimmers.
  • Posted on Aug 4, 2009
    This May, my family and I decided to restore the community cemetery. The cemetery had been severally neglected by the community and the condition of the cemetery was embarrassing. There were overgrown trees, bushes and grass, and even some trash. Many graves were inaccessible to family members because of the overgrowth. It was very sad to see our past church members’ memories forgotten.
  • Posted on Aug 4, 2009
    I am 14-years-old and I attend a two year summer program called Breakthrough Saint Paul (BSP). This year is my third year which is known as the Breakthrough Leaders Program (BLP). The Breakthrough Leaders Program is meant for 9th graders that have gone through the two year program and only 14 students get through.
  • Posted on Aug 4, 2009
    My name is Zenniah Davis, I am 14 years old, and I am a recent alumna of Higher Achievement. As a Higher Achievement scholar I had the opportunity to emcee numerous events, serve as a tour guide to potential funders, get elected as the Ambassador to the Ward 7 Achievement Center, and most recently, to ser
  • Posted on Aug 4, 2009
    Little did Whole Foods shoppers know that when they donated their unwanted cell phones at Secure the Call’s collection barrels in Ann Arbor and West Bloomfield, MI that not only were they ‘greening’ their community, but they were also helping to keep the Detroit area safe.
  • Posted on Aug 3, 2009
    I hold a part-time summer job at the National Park Service in the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, which is nearby to my home in Milford, PA. The national park system is a unique way all Americans can connect with our country. When I arrived at work the other day (I collect tolls and distribute information at a booth along a 20-mile stretch of road that cuts through the park), a memo sat by the cash register: To: All Department of Interior Employees; From: Secretary; Subject: United We Serve. What a revelation.
  • Posted on Aug 3, 2009
    Shortly after I joined the USDA five years ago, my husband, Bruce, suffered a massive stroke at the age of 42. It was touch and go for five days before I learned that he would survive. But there was no telling how bad his deficits would be since the stroke hit his midbrain; the center where sight, sound, temperature control, reason and mobility intertwine.

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