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A Year of Service, With a Dose of Entertainment

Zach Maurin's | Posted 03.27.2014 | Impact
Zach Maurin's

We have a generation of young people who are desperate for the chance to earn a living, learn new skills, and make a difference in the lives of others. Simply put, our country needs the Millennial Generation to become another Greatest Generation.

It's Time for a New Civic Institution

Jason Mangone | Posted 03.12.2014 | Impact
Jason Mangone

We believe our country needs a new civic institution. That's a big idea, but I'm convinced and encouraged that it's the right one for our time: young people want it; prevailing conditions allow for it and our country needs it.

Clay Bigler, CSSC, Overcoming Adversity to Achieve Success

Don McNay | Posted 02.18.2014 | 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.

Honoring Olympic-Sized National Service Heroes

AnnMaura Connolly | Posted 04.13.2014 | Impact
AnnMaura Connolly

I am inspired by the Olympics. Champions deserve to be celebrated. This week, Voices for National Service will honor our own champions who, in my eyes, demonstrate tremendous resilience and tenacity in their efforts to fight for national service.

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 ...

Administration Helping Holocaust Survivors

AP | Posted 12.11.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is working to help Holocaust survivors in the United States, many of them living in poverty, by coordinat...

It's Quick, It's Easy and It's Time to Get Rid of This Law

Steven Conn | Posted 01.27.2014 | Politics
Steven Conn

If we aren't going to have a draft in any imaginable future, and if we aren't even going to enforce the Selective Service registration law -- the last prosecution took place in 1986 -- then it is time to get rid of draft registration.

Thank a National Service Member Today

AnnMaura Connolly | Posted 01.26.2014 | Impact
AnnMaura Connolly

Without these 440,000 national service members hard at work, budget-constrained communities might not be able to feed those who are hungry or give children the extra support they need in school to reach their full potential.

For Veterans Day, Three Powerful Stories of Service

Tracy Hoover | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Tracy Hoover

I’d like to pay tribute to all veterans by telling you the story of three people – a boy who lost his dad on 9/11, an Army helicopter pilo...

From Veteran's Day to National Service Day

Christopher Holshek | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Christopher Holshek

Just cutting the defense budget and rebalancing to the Reserves will go only so far to make us stronger, more secure, and most of all freer. Institutionalizing national service and sacrifice will help restore enduring national strengths.

Serving After Sandy

AnnMaura Connolly | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
AnnMaura Connolly

As we mark one year since Sandy, just weeks after a fiscal battle in Congress that shut down the government, national service offers an opportunity to unite the country and rekindle the American spirit of service and sacrifice for a cause greater than self.

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.

Grassroot Nonprofit Funds Delayed Amid Shutdown, So Everyday People Step In

The Huffington Post | Jessica Prois | Posted 10.15.2013 | Impact

Amid the government shutdown, much attention has been paid to funding gaps with Head Start, AmeriCorps and other nonprofits receiving federal resource...

Ariel Edwards-Levy

Shutdown Stalls AmeriCorps Training Program, Leaving Jobless Members Living With Parents

HuffingtonPost.com | Ariel Edwards-Levy | Posted 10.10.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Natalie Minas quit her job in Seattle last week in preparation for her upcoming 10-month stint with the AmeriCorps National Civilian Com...

Jessica Prois

AmeriCorps VISTA Members Earning $10,800 Per Year Told To Work Through Shutdown Without Pay

HuffingtonPost.com | Jessica Prois | Posted 10.08.2013 | 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...

AmeriCorps: Capturing a Renewable Resource for Good

Wendy Spencer | Posted 11.20.2013 | Impact
Wendy Spencer

Is it possible to effectively harness youthful enthusiasm and idealism and turn it into it a renewable resource for good? We think so. Twenty years ago, President Clinton signed a bill that created AmeriCorps and gave our country a new outlet for national service that did just that.

AmeriCorps Alums: The Return on Your Investment

Ben Duda | Posted 11.20.2013 | Impact
Ben Duda

Since the founding of AmeriCorps 20 years ago, 800,000 Americans have contributed 1 billion hours of service at 15,000 community-based organizations. And, after 20 years of testing, we know the AmeriCorps experiment worked.

National Service is a "No Brainer"

Terry Branstad | Posted 11.16.2013 | Impact
Terry Branstad

It is no secret in Iowa that service and volunteerism are near and dear to my heart. Service was a core component of my first inaugural address in 1983 and, in my most recent inaugural address in 2011, I highlighted service as part of a new covenant between government and the people we serve.

It's Up to Us to Be Ready When Disasters Strike

Wendy Spencer | Posted 11.13.2013 | Impact
Wendy Spencer

Storms highlight the importance of emergency preparedness and the responsibility we all have to be ready when disasters happen. We want everyone to make preparedness a priority this month. Here are some steps you can take now to get ready to help.

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.