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Corporation for National and Community Service

Overseeing America's Community Service

Tom Fox | Posted 05.30.2014 | Politics
Tom Fox

Wendy Spencer is the CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service, the federal agency that administers AmeriCorps, Senior Corps, Social I...

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.

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.

Listen Up, Millennials! Volunteer Experience Really Does Help Get You Hired

The Huffington Post | Nader Salass | Posted 08.09.2013 | Impact

With half of college grads working jobs that don't require degrees, the unemployment rate for 20-24 year-olds hovering around 12.6 percent, and an inc...

6 Ways To Turn A Volunteer Opportunity Into A Job

Idealist | Posted 09.25.2013 | Impact
Idealist

Volunteering not only allows you to gain valuable experience and strengthen your skills but it also allows you to network with people and find a cause you are passionate about. But once you have your foot in the door and are volunteering for an organization you love, what can you do to turn that experience into a job?

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.

Honoring a Legacy of Service: The George H.W. Bush Volunteer Generation Fund

Wendy Spencer | Posted 06.12.2013 | Impact
Wendy Spencer

America is a nation of volunteers. Results from our annual Volunteering in America survey show how willing our friends and neighbors are to lend a helping hand. More than 64 million Americans volunteer each year, strengthening the nation's safety net and providing vital services to our communities.

Under-Performing Schools: Stop Experimenting, Start Fixing

Dan Cardinali | Posted 05.13.2013 | Impact
Dan Cardinali

At it now stands, School Turnaround AmeriCorps is a grand experiment that inadvertently treats both students and volunteers as guinea pigs. Is it morally acceptable to risk their future on a theoretical framework when we already have effective interventions backed by strong evaluations?

Poverty and Student Success

AnnMaura Connolly | Posted 04.28.2013 | Impact
AnnMaura Connolly

To move towards high impact, cost-effective student support strategies, we need to adopt evidence-based, targeted student supports and deploy nonprofit organizations to leverage community volunteers and national service to address this challenge.

Scaling Community Solutions: Reflecting on the Social Innovation Fund With Paul Carttar

Kathleen P. Enright | Posted 03.26.2013 | Impact
Kathleen P. Enright

In the face of continuing cutbacks from government austerity measures, many nonprofits and their grantmaker partners are exploring ways to increase their impact and most effectively invest their resources in communities.

National Volunteer Rate Hits 5 Year-High

Posted 12.13.2012 | Impact

The holidays may be the season of giving, but good deeds aren't just limited to this time of the year, a new report shows. The national volunteer r...

The National Day of Service -- Let's Come Together and Do Our Part

Jim Gibbons | Posted 11.11.2012 | Impact
Jim Gibbons

When the time comes to pull together, no other nation does it better than the citizens of the United States of America.

Amanda Terkel

National Service Ignored In 2012 Candidates' Discussion Of Jobs Crisis

HuffingtonPost.com | Amanda Terkel | Posted 08.20.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In July 2008, then-candidate Barack Obama promised that public service would be "a central cause" of his presidency. The pledge excited ...

Crowdsourcing the Student Loan Mess

Adam Levin | Posted 07.18.2012 | Money
Adam Levin

For the record, I am not now, nor have I ever been, a member of the Hitler Youth. I point this out because based on the comments to my last few column...

The Promise Of Pro Bono

Evan Hochberg | Posted 04.27.2012 | Impact
Evan Hochberg

We often say that nonprofits are not in business to make a profit. But they are in business. And they have business objectives that require business know-how in order to be met.

Save Civilian Service -- It Boosts Local Economies & Strengthens Communities

Sally T. Prouty | Posted 11.01.2011 | Impact
Sally T. Prouty

Like military service, civilian service boosts pride among those who serve and can help make people feel a profound sense of connection to their country. It also provides countless benefits for communities and their residents.

Gen-Xers Are Propping Up U.S. Volunteering Rates

Robert J. Rosenthal | Posted 10.16.2011 | Impact
Robert J. Rosenthal

We often hear how Millennials are the most conscious consumers and that Boomers transition from careers to civic engagement. But according to a new federal report on volunteer trends, the oft-overlooked Gen Xers are becoming an important factor in social good efforts.

Fully Fund AmeriCorps to Support Veterans and Military Families

Aaron Marquez | Posted 07.31.2011 | Impact
Aaron Marquez

Despite the vision for a Veterans Corps, we have not moved aggressively enough to develop these types of programs. The primary challenge has been the uncertainty of Americorps funding.

Patrick Corvington Out As CNCS CEO: Who's Next?

Robert J. Rosenthal | Posted 07.11.2011 | Impact
Robert J. Rosenthal

After a little more than a year on the job, Patrick Corvington, the new CEO of CNCS, is resigning soon to take an "opportunity in the nonprofit community."

Stopping Cuts That "Knock the Legs Out" From Our Communities

Angela Glover Blackwell | Posted 06.04.2011 | Politics
Angela Glover Blackwell

Many of the cuts proposed in the House so far target a wide array of programs that empower low-income people to climb out of poverty and serve their communities.

The Leadership Development Case for National Service

Max Klau | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Max Klau

Zeroing out the national service budget is a terrible idea. National service represents a critical pipeline for developing the next generation of effective, committed, inspired civic leaders.

Invest in Democracy, Don't Cut it

Carolyn Lukensmeyer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Carolyn Lukensmeyer

While our nation invests billions of dollars to promote democracy abroad, Congress is considering significant cuts that threaten democracy here at home.

AmeriCorps Faces Budget Cuts At Height Of Civilian Enrollment

Aaron Marquez | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Aaron Marquez

The Millennial Generation is ready to serve. But despite champions on both sides of the aisle in Congress, national service programs can't compete with powerful special interests groups.