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AnnMaura Connolly
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AnnMaura Connolly serves as President of Voices for National Service, a coalition formed in 2003 in response to major cuts in federal funding that threatened hundreds of AmeriCorps programs. Voices for National Service mobilizes supporters to spread a critical message: America needs AmeriCorps.

Connolly has been a leader in the National Service movement for more than 20 years. She has served in senior positions with Youth Service America and the Corporation for National Service as well as an independent consultant to a variety of foundations and nonprofits, including the Grantmaker Forum on Community and National Service, Atlantic Philanthropies, the AmeriCorps Anniversary Committee and the Corporation for National Service. In addition to her role with Voices for National Service, Connolly serves as Chief Strategy Officer & Executive Vice President for City Year, Inc., an organization that unites young people of all backgrounds for a year of full-time service in high-need schools nationwide.

AnnMaura holds a B.A. in political science from the College of the Holy Cross. She serves on The Franklin Project Leadership Council, the Advisory Board for the Eli J. Segal Citizen Leadership Program at Brandeis University, the Federal Advisory Council of the Presidio Institute, and the Boards of Directors of the Jesuit Volunteer Corps, My Good Deed, City Year South Africa and City Year UK. She also serves as a principal of the newly created Service Year Alliance. In January 2015, AnnMaura was selected for the first class of the Presidential Leadership Scholars Program, a joint initiative of the Bush, Clinton, Bush and Johnson Presidential Libraries.

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Congress Listened: National Service Is Expanded

(0) Comments | Posted December 21, 2015 | 9:10 PM


Something important happened in Washington, D.C. last week. Our nation's legislators reached across the aisle and passed a landmark budget bill that includes a significant expansion of national service programs that will directly benefit communities across the country.


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Voters Speak: Protect National Service Funding

(0) Comments | Posted November 5, 2015 | 3:31 PM


Last month, 75,000 new AmeriCorps members were sworn in to serve in communities across the country, pledging to do what they do best: use their energy and talents to improve communities, impact lives, and tackle some of the biggest challenges facing our nation....

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Getting Things Done for America

(0) Comments | Posted September 12, 2014 | 1:43 PM

Friday marks the 20th anniversary of the founding of AmeriCorps, and all across the country, including at the White House, supporters of the program will gather to mark the occasion by simultaneously swearing in the 2014-2015 class of AmeriCorps members. The new cohort will, as the 900,000 who have come...

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Today's Heroes Inspire Service in the Shadows of Gettysburg

(0) Comments | Posted June 13, 2014 | 9:55 AM

Gettysburg is an historic site that embodies the power of service to country, inspires patriotism, and calls upon us all to commit ourselves to the continued improvement of our nation. Last week, inspired by the hallowed grounds and the lasting resonance of President Lincoln's profound words, the Aspen Institute's Franklin...

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Honoring Olympic-Sized National Service Heroes

(0) Comments | Posted February 11, 2014 | 3:24 PM

I am inspired by the Olympics. Every two years, I sit glued to the television set, watching athletes who dedicate their lives to accomplishing a particular goal: achieving athletic greatness. They prepare tirelessly for years and persevere through physical limitation and incomprehensible odds. And, in the end, they are champions....

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Thank a National Service Member Today

(0) Comments | Posted November 26, 2013 | 4:55 PM

This is the time of year when all of us give thanks -- for the food on our tables, for the health of our families and for the roof over our heads.

This year, I'm especially grateful for our country's powerful national service programs -- AmeriCorps and Senior Corps --...

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Serving After Sandy

(0) Comments | Posted October 30, 2013 | 12:19 PM

Only weeks into a brand new program, Samantha Hawke, John Tamariz and their inaugural FEMA Corps teammates were in Baton Rouge helping FEMA wind down recovery efforts from Hurricane Isaac when Superstorm Sandy began barreling towards the East Coast.

FEMA Corps members were immediately sent to the front lines of...

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Lessons From Katrina and Sandy

(2) Comments | Posted September 4, 2013 | 10:32 PM

Eight years ago, in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, hundreds of thousands of people along the Gulf Coast faced an overwhelming task: rebuilding the lives and communities ravaged by the storm. Just days after the storm, the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) deployed national service members to help....

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Fulfilling the Promise of Service

(5) Comments | Posted June 26, 2013 | 10:00 AM

I believe that national service is the most effective and efficient way to harness the power of ordinary citizens to solve our nation's greatest challenges.

I believe in national service because I've seen the essential impact it has on people and communities nationwide.

A strong American legacy of service takes...

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Poverty and Student Success

(0) Comments | Posted February 26, 2013 | 6:03 PM

For children growing up in generational poverty, graduating from high school or college and becoming career-ready is often an uphill climb.

Poverty keeps students from attending school regularly, diminishes their ability to pay attention in class and undermines a foundational driver of positive student behavior -- the...

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Service Strengthens America

(0) Comments | Posted February 11, 2013 | 1:50 PM

As we begin another countdown to looming federal funding reductions, decision makers in Washington are looking for creative ways to avert the impact of potentially devastating cuts.

In this pressured fiscal environment, leaders across the country are heralding the role national service and community volunteering play in effectively and...

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Unleashing America's Talent

(3) Comments | Posted August 9, 2012 | 2:33 PM

"Back to school" season is in full swing. Hundreds of thousands of our nation's recent graduates are wishing it were "off to work" season.

We are at risk of losing the tremendous creative, intellectual and economic potential of a generation of young people. Youth unemployment is double the national average....

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National Service: An Imperative In Today's Economy

(14) Comments | Posted July 31, 2012 | 12:24 PM

When our country faces difficult times, economically or otherwise, it is almost always our citizenry that show us the way forward.

Today, we are faced with increasingly difficult choices. How can we meet the growing need for services with shrinking fiscal resources at every level of government? How can...

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Investing in National Service

(7) Comments | Posted July 18, 2011 | 12:48 PM

Much air time has been given to the debate over the national debt ceiling occurring in Washington today, and it remains to be seen whether Congress will decide to slash funding for discretionary programs or eliminate tax breaks in the face of the nation's current economic crisis. Or both.


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