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ServiceWorks VISTA Is Changing the Narrative of South Central LA

Tracy Hoover | Posted 09.09.2016 | Impact
Tracy Hoover

This morning, as part of a 9/11 Day commemoration, I had what anyone would consider a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to stand with a group of service ...

The Ability to Serve: AmeriCorps VISTA as a Pathway to Possibility

Max Finberg | Posted 08.31.2016 | Impact
Max Finberg

Our AmeriCorps VISTA members are asked to serve their communities under conditions of hardship, receiving a poverty-level living allowance in return f...

It's never too late to answer the call to serve

Max Finberg | Posted 06.16.2016 | Impact
Max Finberg

As Director of AmeriCorps VISTA, I have the privilege of serving with individuals committed to service and making a change in their community. Today, ...

Salt of the Earth (Day): AmeriCorps VISTA

Max Finberg | Posted 04.22.2016 | Impact
Max Finberg

Five years ago, my hometown of Margaretville in Upstate New York was flooded. Record rain from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee resulted in seve...

Committed to the Greater Good: Cesar Chavez and AmeriCorps VISTA

Max Finberg | Posted 03.30.2016 | Impact
Max Finberg

When AmeriCorps VISTA began more than 50 years ago, some of the first VISTA volunteers started their service at migrant farm worker camps in California.

The Crisis of Sports in Inner-City America

Paul Caccamo | Posted 03.09.2017 | Impact
Paul Caccamo

Today, a child waking up in a low income urban community is four times less likely to play sports after school than a child waking up in a more afflue...

VISTA: A Legacy of Service

Max Finberg | Posted 01.17.2017 | Impact
Max Finberg

Today, millions of Americans from all walks of life will join their neighbors in marking the national Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service to help achieve Dr. King's dream of building a more beloved community. And as we settle into a new year, there is no better time to reflect on the progress we've made as a country and the challenges we still face.

A Challenge on King Day

John Bridgeland | Posted 01.15.2017 | Impact
John Bridgeland

Since 9/11, millions of Americans have spent the King holiday serving through groups like Earth Conservation Corps, City Year, Martha's Table, and Habitat for Humanity. Those experiences renew the spirit -- our own and the country's -- at a time of historically low levels of social trust and lingering tensions that divide us by race, ethnicity, income and immigrant status.

National Service Chaplains: A Call to Congregations Serving Those Who Serve

Wayne Meisel | Posted 10.28.2016 | Religion
Wayne Meisel

f young people serving in the military have chaplains, why not have chaplains for those serving in our communities? This is why the Center for Faith and Service has launched the National Service Chaplaincy Initiative.

A Call to Action: Summer Service

Wendy Spencer | Posted 06.05.2016 | Impact
Wendy Spencer

If we continue to work together, we can ensure that more young people feel empowered to take an active role in making our communities better.

AmeriCorps Celebrates 20 Years of Service

Rep. Gwen Moore | Posted 12.01.2014 | Impact
Rep. Gwen Moore

AmeriCorps members have completed over one billion hours of service since 1994, and have had an immense impact on mobilizing communities to work together for a more promising future. As a former VISTA volunteer, I know firsthand the tremendous impact volunteering can have for both the volunteer and the community.

Getting Things Done for America

AnnMaura Connolly | Posted 11.12.2014 | Impact
AnnMaura Connolly

Friday marks the 20th anniversary of the founding of AmeriCorps. Over two decades and spanning three presidential administrations, AmeriCorps has built a legacy of high-impact and cost-effective national service that has united and strengthened communities and mobilized a generation of citizens.

Expanding a Culture of Service

Kirsten Lodal | Posted 10.12.2014 | Impact
Kirsten Lodal

Service is an essential part of our nation's DNA. Throughout our history, volunteers across the country have stepped up to fill a range of critical needs.

Expanding National Service on the College Campus

Scott Cowen | Posted 04.28.2014 | Impact
Scott Cowen

When I get invited to speak at conferences and events, people typically want to hear about the rebirth of Tulane, the story of how Tulane came back st...

Clay Bigler, CSSC, Overcoming Adversity to Achieve Success

Don McNay | Posted 04.20.2014 | Impact
Don McNay

Thank God my daughter Gena didn't listen to me. She never listened to me much, but this is one where Dad was dead wrong. She fell for him immediately, and after 20 years, you would think they were still on a honeymoon. I was right about the 30 guys that I ran off before him, but completely missed on Clay.

AmeriCorps: Changing the Education Story

Wendy Spencer | Posted 04.09.2014 | Impact
Wendy Spencer

Whenever the talk begins about our nation making quality education a priority, it's no surprise that some may be cynical. After all, we have too many ...

Sandy's Survivors: Stronger Than the Storm

Wendy Spencer | Posted 12.28.2013 | Impact
Wendy Spencer

There's a famous saying that goes, "None of us is as good as all of us." I am thankful that our country recognizes this and unites to give our best to those in need when times are at their worst.

Jessica Prois

AmeriCorps VISTA Members Earning $10,800 Per Year Told To Work Through Shutdown Without Pay | Jessica Prois | Posted 05.16.2014 | Impact

Tiffany Dale receives a $10,800-per-year allowance at her AmeriCorps job. She was told last week that, despite the government shutdown, she would have...

Government's off, Soup's on!

Wayne Meisel | Posted 12.03.2013 | Religion
Wayne Meisel

Just because the government can't bridge gridlock doesn't mean that we can't break bread together. Time for a Soup-in!

What it Means to Serve your Country

Jason Mangone | Posted 11.09.2013 | Impact
Jason Mangone

Serving my country was an inflection point--it set my life on a new course. A former Marine, I find myself in a constant pursuit of re-attaining the meaningfulness of those four years, chasing the feeling I had when my profession involved working in challenging conditions with teams of great people to solve big problems whose scope exceeded personal gain.

Cutting Programs to the Poor Hurts Those at Highest Risk

Sandi Vidal | Posted 05.13.2013 | Impact
Sandi Vidal

This year Families in Transition in Seminole County Florida is serving 2026 children at last count who have no place to call home. This problem has gotten worse, even as we come out of the recession, Florida is still experiencing an 11 percent increase in child homelessness.