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.
This week is AmeriCorps Week, during which AmeriCorps programs around the country shine a spotlight on the ways "AmeriCorps works." I asked our service members deployed in 250 schools in 12 states around the country what they think makes this service model work.
Last year, AmeriCorps received a record of more than 580,000 applications for just 80,000 positions. More than half a million people applied to join the program, not for financial gain, but because they were driven to make real community impact.