National Service Timeline

History of National Service image - see text below for more information

Text Version

1960s Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP); Foster Grandparent Program; Senior Companion Program
Demonstration projects launched for these three programs to demonstrate the effectiveness of the service model and to engage older Americans in a range of service activities.
1964VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America)
Created by President Lyndon B. Johnson as a part of the "War on Poverty."
1970sSenior Service Programs + Peace Corps + VISTA = The ACTION Agency
1973Domestic Volunteer Service Act of 1973
RSVP, Foster Grandparent Program, and Senior Companion Program become authorized through this act.
1989Points of Light Foundation
President George H.W. Bush creates the Office of National Service in the White House and the Points of Light Foundation to foster volunteering.
1990National and Community Service Act of 1990
Signed by President Bush, the legislation authorizes grants to schools to support service-learning through Serve America and demonstration grants. Learn and Serve America is created.
1992AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC) created
1993Corporation for National and Community Service created
AmeriCorps created; Senior Corps incorporates the three senior-focused programs: Foster Grandparents, Senior Companions, and RSVP.
1994King Holiday and Service Act of 1994
Congress establishes MLK Day as a national day of service.
20022002 State of the Union Address
After 9/11, President George W. Bush asks all Americans to devote two years or 4,000 hours to volunteer service during their lifetimes.
2006President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll
Launched by CNCS to honor the nation's top college and universities for their commitment to community service, civic engagement, and service-learning.
2007First Annual AmeriCorps Week
Officially launched in May 2007.
2009Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act signed
April 21, 2009: President Barack Obama signs bipartisan law to expand and strengthen national service programs.
2009First Annual September 11th Day of Service and Remembrance
2010Social Innovation Fund launched
Ensures that high-impact nonprofits are able to attract the resources they need to grow and improve the economic, education and health prospects of low-income communities.
20115-Year Strategic Plan
The plan details specific objectives, strategies and performance measures, which determine how CNCS will evaluate success over the next five years.

FEMA Corps launched
An innovative new partnership designed to strengthen the nation's ability to respond to and recover from disasters while expanding career opportunities for young people.


Back to Top