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The Power of Service

Angel Taveras | Posted 11.10.2013 | Impact
Angel Taveras

When I graduated from college, I had a great opportunity to return home and dedicate myself to serving the community that had given me so much.

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.

Lessons From Katrina and Sandy

AnnMaura Connolly | Posted 11.04.2013 | Impact
AnnMaura Connolly

The unpredictable nature of storms like Sandy and Katrina catch communities off-guard and overwhelm existing support networks of first responders. Recovery and rebuilding takes time and a cadre of committed, full-time boots on the ground.

AmeriCorps VISTA Working With Partners to Expand Opportunity

Wendy Spencer | Posted 10.23.2013 | Impact
Wendy Spencer

All three of these AmeriCorps VISTA programs are terrific partnerships that show what the public and private sectors can accomplish when we are willing to volunteer our time and resources to help make a difference in our communities.

Significant Work Deserves Special Attention... RIP Reece

Jamiel L. Alexander | Posted 09.28.2013 | Impact
Jamiel L. Alexander

Over the weekend a brother of yours was killed! Maurice Randall, a graduate of YouthBuild Columbus, was killed as part of a robbery.

A Presidential Spotlight On National Service

Wendy Spencer | Posted 09.25.2013 | Impact
Wendy Spencer

For decades, presidents of both parties have invested in national service as a cost-effective way to tap the ingenuity and can-do spirit of the American people. They have recognized that service is an enduring American value.

Supporting More Effective National Service

Craig Newmark | Posted 09.17.2013 | Impact
Craig Newmark

A lot of really good people are helping Americans in need via the Corporation for National and Community Service. It's a "private-public partnership," meaning that people in business, government, and the nonprofit sector work together with citizens to get results.

This Denim Jacket Is TERRIBLE ... And It Could Be Yours!

HuffPost Live | John Stephens | Posted 07.17.2013 | HuffPost Live 321

In 2012 a record number of Americans applied to serve their country, but 500,000 applicants to AmeriCorps were turned away because funding for the Ser...

Wake Up Church: National Service and the Crossroads of Faith and Justice

Wayne Meisel | Posted 09.01.2013 | Religion
Wayne Meisel

I cannot yet tell what is more alarming. The fact that the architects of this National Service strategy have such a limited view of the role that faith communities have played and still play or that it appears that religious leaders have little idea that this service work is going on.

Let's Leverage Our National Investment In AmeriCorps To Build Civic Leadership

Ben Duda | Posted 08.31.2013 | Impact
Ben Duda

The nearly 1 million AmeriCorps alums nationwide are uniquely positioned to be the nation's 21st century civic leaders. They've demonstrated their commitment. They've cultivated their talents. They're hungry to lead. Now we must leverage our investment to pave the way for continued service to community and country.

Becoming The "Peaceful Offense" For Change

Shakim Johnson | Posted 08.30.2013 | Impact
Shakim Johnson

To me, AmeriCorps and national service, and The Corps Network that Green City Force is part of, are like Homeland Security. As an AmeriCorps member, I am part of a "peaceful offense" fighting against climate change and for health and opportunity.

Where Will You Serve?

Aaron Marquez | Posted 08.28.2013 | Impact
Aaron Marquez

I serve because I believe national service is the most powerful idea we have to transform America. Through it, we redefine the foundation of citizenship and what we expect from all Americans.

How National Service Changed Our Lives

Sidra Bonner | Posted 08.26.2013 | Impact
Sidra Bonner

Ultimately, being a part of Community HealthCorps has allowed me to not only witness the impact service can have on the health of communities but also provided me the platform necessary to expand the skills and beliefs I will carry into my future career.

Fulfilling The Promise Of Service

AnnMaura Connolly | Posted 08.26.2013 | Impact
AnnMaura Connolly

There is no excuse for turning away civilians -- especially young people -- who are looking for ways to put their energy and idealism to work for our country because there aren't adequate opportunities for them to do so.

National Service 2.0

Shirley Sagawa | Posted 08.25.2013 | Impact
Shirley Sagawa

It is time to use 21st century strategies to create a national service certification system open to any 501(c)3 nonprofit, public agency, tribal government, or social enterprise. With such a system, the number of Americans officially performing "national service" could double, triple, or quadruple within a few years. National service could become deeply embedded in our culture and a rite of passage for millions.

Global Service In The 21st Century

Carrie Hessler-Radelet | Posted 08.25.2013 | Impact
Carrie Hessler-Radelet

In today's interconnected world, international volunteer service is building the careers of highly trained, culturally competent new leaders -- the kind of leaders our country needs to succeed in the global economy.

On Serving Our Fellow Americans and the World

Richard Walden | Posted 08.24.2013 | Impact
Richard Walden

I have trouble believing that a large majority of America's young (with their parents' support) would not serve if offered the opportunity.

5 Reasons You Should Attend #NCVS

Joseph Peterson | Posted 08.12.2013 | Impact
Joseph Peterson

So whether you are a volunteer manager, CSR practitioner, NGO leader, or anyone working or interested in the industries and companies that seek to do good and do it well, then it's time you invest in the NCVS experience.

Once Homeless Vet Builds Houses For People In Need

Posted 06.03.2013 | Impact

After losing her job and her home, Air Force veteran Regina Best felt that she had hit rock bottom. But she wasn’t willing to give up. “There...

Children Need to Fly Too: End Sequestration

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 07.03.2013 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Anyone despairing that Congress can't get anything done should note last week's swift vote to get furloughed air traffic controllers back to work. Congress can move very quickly and efficiently when it wants to and when their own comfort and that of constituents well-off enough to fly was affected. Reduced unemployment benefits, children dropped suddenly from Head Start programs, poor mothers and babies losing food supplements, teacher layoffs, and cancelled meal deliveries for seniors didn't move them -- but airport delays as members headed out of town for their April recess were apparently unacceptable.

The New Innovation

Michael Lombardo | Posted 06.29.2013 | Impact
Michael Lombardo

Education, like art, is never 'done.' We have to constantly iterate and adapt, which means building a national culture of continuous improvement and innovation, responding to the challenges and opportunities of the day.

Sam Stein

Sequestration Victims To Congress: WTF? | Sam Stein | Posted 04.27.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Victims of sequestration lashed out at Congress on Friday, after lawmakers moved swiftly to address long lines at airports while leaving...

Current and Former Presidents Gather for the Openings of Presidential Libraries and Funerals

Michelle Nunn | Posted 06.26.2013 | Impact
Michelle Nunn

They get together around openings and, well, closings. That is to say, current and former presidents seem to gather only for the openings of presidential libraries and funerals.

A Nation of Selfless Service

Ken Harbaugh | Posted 06.23.2013 | Impact
Ken Harbaugh

Imagine what we could accomplish if an army of Americans spent the next year serving in our schools, our hospitals, our communities struggling with poverty or disaster.

Volunteer With Service and Conservation Corps on Earth Day

Levi Novey | Posted 06.18.2013 | Impact
Levi Novey

Earth Day is a great opportunity to volunteer within your community or at a local park. This year, I recommend spending your time with Youth Service a...