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'Tis the Season for Helping Others

Wendy Spencer | Posted 11.27.2015 | Impact
Wendy Spencer

On #GivingTuesday, Dec. 1, more than 30,000 nonprofit organizations will highlight charitable giving and philanthropy, but the spirit of the day reaches even further -- right down to the street where you live.

National Service for a Just and Equitable Society

Adren O. Wilson | Posted 11.19.2015 | Impact
Adren O. Wilson

As our cities grow larger and more diverse, we can no longer afford to overlook, dismiss, or ignore the promise and potential of so many who live in them. Justice and economics demand that we create more opportunities for young adults, and national service is a proven strategy.

Voters Speak: Protect National Service Funding

AnnMaura Connolly | Posted 11.05.2015 | Impact
AnnMaura Connolly

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.

How My Year of Service Matured My Head and My Heart

Mi’Jan Celie Tho-Biaz | Posted 11.10.2015 | Impact
Mi’Jan Celie Tho-Biaz

Unfortunately, I also witnessed the financial obstacles this pathway of service posed for low-income members who wanted to serve in their own communities, but needed additional financial support in order to participate in full-time service year programs.

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

Wayne Meisel | Posted 10.28.2015 | 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.

The Strength of the Gulf Coast - From Destruction to Growth and Recovery

Wendy Spencer | Posted 09.02.2015 | Impact
Wendy Spencer

My visit to Waveland, Mississippi, last week brought back one of the most searing images of destruction I have seen in my nearly two decades of working in the disaster response and volunteer management field.

10 Years Later: Katrina's Legacy of Service

Reese May | Posted 08.26.2015 | Impact
Reese May

But despite the storm's destruction, and the ongoing problems with disaster recovery in America -- New Orleans' story is hardly all doom and gloom. In the years since Katrina, New Orleans has given many the opportunity to become our very best selves.

You Can Change the World in 5 Hours. Here's How.

Josh Schukman | Posted 08.12.2015 | Impact
Josh Schukman

Fresh out of high school, I crammed my little Honda with my earthly possessions, swallowed my fear, and pointed that fine piece of Japanese engineering northward. My destination? Cleveland, Ohio. The reason? A year of service with AmeriCorps.

Keeping Education Connected to National Service

Wendy Spencer | Posted 08.05.2015 | Impact
Wendy Spencer

With the help of national service, volunteerism, and social innovation, students are getting the extra boost they need to succeed in school and beyond.

Harnessing Uncertainty as a Learning Tool

GenDIY | Posted 07.09.2015 | Education

It was September in Washington D.C., on a weeknight, just after midnight, and I had a one way ticket to Boston. 21 years young, I had just traded in my marketing job in Seattle for a year serving as an AmeriCorps VISTA with YouthBuild USA. And, I was without a place to live when the Greyhound pulled up to the curb.

Shaping a Culture of Inclusion

Wendy Spencer | Posted 07.02.2015 | Impact
Wendy Spencer

Rooted in the ingenuity of everyday Americans, the spirit of service reminds us that we are all united by a common purpose. For generations, the national service family has rallied around this ideal to advance the cause of equal access for Americans with disabilities.

A Call to Action: Summer Service

Wendy Spencer | Posted 06.05.2015 | 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 Tutors Boost Literacy, Give Kids Tools for Success

Wendy Spencer | Posted 05.30.2015 | Impact
Wendy Spencer

Those who read proficiently by third grade are four times more likely to graduate from high school than those who don't. Being proficient in reading and graduating from high school are critical steps for success in our 21st century economy.

Would a Year of Voluntary Public Service Bring Out America's Best?

Michael Friedman, Ph.D. | Posted 05.11.2015 | Impact
Michael Friedman, Ph.D.

This national shift in priority would give young adults not only the opportunity to address significant national problems, but also develop the qualities that would help improve their own health and well-being.

Living as a Seed of Hope During and After AmeriCorps

Sondra Samuels | Posted 05.11.2015 | Impact
Sondra Samuels

Who is accountable for improving the lives of low-income people of color for whom the American dream has been denied? Of course each individual is responsible for his or her own success, but we cannot do it alone. We need each other more than ever now.

A Service Year for the Nation's Young People Would Hasten King's Vision for America

Michael Brown | Posted 03.20.2015 | Impact
Michael Brown

Several of my favorite King quotes speak powerfully to an idea that I believe can help advance King's vision for America. That idea is large-scale, voluntary national service as a civic rite of passage.

Read the 5 Success Stories of the 2015 Service and Conservation Corpsmembers of the Year

The Corps Network | Posted 02.14.2015 | Green
The Corps Network

Each year, The Corps Network honors several individuals as Corpsmembers of the Year. These young people have joined Service and Conservation Corps, an...

National Service and My Brother's Keeper

The Corps Network | Posted 01.20.2015 | Impact
The Corps Network

By Mary Ellen Sprenkel, President & CEO, The Corps Network This post was originally published on The Corps Network's website. Recently released repo...

Honoring Veterans by Expanding National Service

Stephen J. Hadley | Posted 01.12.2015 | Impact
Stephen J. Hadley

The service and sacrifice of our men and women in uniform has been the foundation for American leadership in the world. That world still needs American leadership. But that leadership does not just require a strong armed forces.

Military and Civilian Service Make for a Powerful Combination

Robert L. Gordon III | Posted 01.11.2015 | Impact
Robert L. Gordon III

Our experience underscores the commitment my family made to serve our country across two generations, and now we watch proudly as our children carry the legacy in national civilian service.

A Common American Future

Jack Gardner | Posted 01.11.2015 | Impact
Jack Gardner

My parents, and most of the parents in the neighborhood where I grew up, were products of the Depression and the Second World War.

National Service and Military Service Are Two Sides of the Same Coin

Dr. Chris Howard | Posted 01.11.2015 | Impact
Dr. Chris Howard

The "National Service Coin" could symbolize the connective tissue our civil society needs, and could weave together important personal service narratives for the young men and women we need in order to sustain our great Republic.

Service Before Self: Reflections on Military and Civilian Service

Major Rebecca “BB” Lange | Posted 01.10.2015 | Impact
Major Rebecca “BB” Lange

Sometimes, you need a push. Or a shove. At 17, my parents told me I was on my own to pay for college.

Veteran: A Word That Means a Lot, and More Than You Think

Kevin C. Miller | Posted 01.10.2015 | Impact
Kevin C. Miller

Transitioning from the Marine Corps in 2006 to the civilian world was far from easy. Even after earning a college degree, I struggled to find meaningful employment.

Numbers That Prove Just How Good Volunteering Is For You

Posted 11.03.2014 | Impact

When you were young, you may have been forced to answer the question: "what do you want to be when you grow up?" Maybe you've just graduated from coll...