AmeriCorps

A Presidential Spotlight on National Service

A few years ago, a young teenager named Chris was living the street life in Austin, Texas, a high school dropout dealing drugs and facing bleak prospects for the future. While spending time at a juvenile detention center, two Senior Corps volunteers offered Chris love, support, and consistent finger-wagging, encouraging him to take his life in a new direction. Today, thanks to AmeriCorps, Chris has graduated from high school, gained valuable work skills, and found his passion in life - becoming a wildland firefighter.

From the White House to West Virginia

What an amazing week for national service!  From the White House to West Virginia, service was in the spotlight.

Federal Agencies Announce First Round of School Turnaround AmeriCorps Grants

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Wednesday, July 17, 2013 (All day)
An innovative partnership to help improve the nation’s persistently underachieving schools took another step forward today as the U.S. Department of Education (ED) and the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) announced the first grants for the new School Turnaround AmeriCorps program.

Expanding National Service

In his 1989 Inaugural Address, when President George H.W. Bush uttered the words “a thousand points of light” he launched a movement. By signing the first National Service Act in 1990, President Bush ushered in the modern era of national service, setting the stage for the creation of the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS).

Watch Speech that Shows Why National Service Matters

National service makes a difference for millions of Americans, but few examples demonstrate this idea better than the story of AmeriCorps member Chris Guzman. His inspirational speech during last week’s National Conference on Volunteering and Service in Washington, DC, drew a standing ovation, and we believe his journey is a prime example of how Corporation for National and Community Service programs change lives.

National Service News: Wrapping Up An Eventful Month

Have you ever had one of those days where you can't stop smiling? This month was filled with them. Support for national service grows stronger and stronger; during the past two weeks, we've seen this momentum build in several major arenas. Here's the latest news:

Serving Together, as One America

This week, I had the opportunity to speak at the National Conference on Volunteering and Service here in Washington, DC. Sponsored by Points of Light, the conference is the world’s largest annual gathering of volunteering and service leaders and supporters.

I also announced that President Obama and the First Lady will host a celebration at the White House, on July 15, 2013, in honor of the 5,000th Daily Point of Light award.

New AmeriCorps Grants Strengthen Commitment to Veterans

A year ago, I visited the Qi Life Center, a veterans' transition home in Washington, DC. There I met a neatly dressed gentleman who was focused intently at a computer screen. "That's Ken Harris," the center's director said. "When he came to us, he was lost. He's a veteran who has been homeless for almost 20 years since he was discharged. He became homeless the day he left the military."

National Service Agency Announces $200 Million in AmeriCorps Funding

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Friday, June 21, 2013 (All day)
As thousands of service leaders gathered at the National Conference on Volunteering and Service, Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) today announced $200 million in new AmeriCorps funding to put AmeriCorps members on the ground in communities to tackle some the toughest challenges facing our nation.

Vets Frame Homes, Raise Awareness on National Mall

A construction project in the shadow of the Washington Monument brought 40 AmeriCorps and AmeriCorps VISTA national service members to Washington, DC. to assemble frames and construct accessible ramps for new Habitat for Humanity homes during the 2013 Veterans Build on the Mall June 2-5.

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