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Wendy Spencer
Wendy Spencer is the CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service, a federal agency that engages more than 5 million Americans in service through Senior Corps, AmeriCorps, and other programs, and leads President Obama's national call to service initiative, United We Serve. For more information on Senior Corps, visit

Entries by Wendy Spencer

Keeping Education Connected to National Service

(0) Comments | Posted August 5, 2015 | 1:58 PM

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Shaping a Culture of Inclusion

(0) Comments | Posted July 2, 2015 | 3:04 PM

Volunteers serve at the Capital Area Food Band during the 2014 MLK Day of Service.

Rooted in the ingenuity of everyday Americans, the spirit of service reminds us that...

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A Call to Action: Summer Service

(0) Comments | Posted June 5, 2015 | 5:27 PM

As a mother, I always strived to ensure that my children had access to educational opportunities that extended beyond the traditional school year.

And as the CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), a federal agency that...

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AmeriCorps Tutors Boost Literacy, Give Kids Tools for Success

(0) Comments | Posted March 30, 2015 | 10:38 AM

One of my priorities as CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service is using evidence and data to show results and drive greater impact on pressing national challenges. That's why I'm so excited about new research that demonstrates AmeriCorps tutors are increasing literacy and kindergarten readiness...

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Summer of Service Gives Boost to Jobseekers

(0) Comments | Posted July 21, 2014 | 3:54 PM

Around this time of year, many young people are well into summer jobs. Taking advantage of time between school years, they're gaining skills and experience that can translate to future employment success. For some, this might be their first job and they are learning what happens in a work environment....

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Green Service: Creating Opportunity and Protecting Our Planet

(0) Comments | Posted April 18, 2014 | 9:06 PM

Like many transitioning service members, Mike Bremer was having a tough time finding work after he came home. Then he joined AmeriCorps, serving on the all veterans fire team with the Southwest Conservation Corps. With the skills he learned, Mike was able to secure a job with the...

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AmeriCorps: Changing the Education Story

(0) Comments | Posted February 7, 2014 | 10:01 AM

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 children entering school unprepared, too many falling behind early, and too many dropping out before graduation. Why can't we change this story? The truth...

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The Mentoring Effect

(0) Comments | Posted January 31, 2014 | 3:04 PM

Can a simple mentoring relationship rescue a life in peril? In a world with few easy solutions, there are innumerable stories -- and a new survey -- that demonstrate this could be possible. Let's start with one of these stories.

Dago was on the...

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Volunteering Is a Core American Value

(0) Comments | Posted December 17, 2013 | 10:28 AM

During this holiday season, we are reminded of a timeless lesson: it is better to give than receive, more blessed to serve than be served. And our new Volunteering and Civic Life in America report shows that Americans embrace this idea -- not only during the holidays, but...

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Sandy's Survivors: Stronger Than the Storm

(1) Comments | Posted October 28, 2013 | 12:16 PM

When Hurricane Sandy struck the East Coast last year, areas that rarely saw a storm of that magnitude discovered what it was like to live through a disaster. Experiences like this reinforce what it really means to say that we're all in this together.

This week, storm survivors in...

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AmeriCorps: Capturing a Renewable Resource for Good

(0) Comments | Posted September 20, 2013 | 5:51 PM

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....

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

(1) Comments | Posted September 13, 2013 | 11:16 AM

When I served as the CEO of the Florida Governor's Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service, eight hurricanes -- including Rita and Katrina -- struck the state during a particularly rough period from 2004 to 2005. While the storms caused billions of dollars in damage, they really highlighted the importance...

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AmeriCorps VISTA Working With Partners to Expand Opportunity

(0) Comments | Posted August 23, 2013 | 11:05 AM

To strengthen our communities, we have to break down the barriers that can discourage Americans from building a better life for themselves and their families. Whether these barriers to economic opportunity are structural or behavioral, change is possible, and our AmeriCorps VISTAs are leading the way by creating partnerships that...

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A Presidential Spotlight on National Service

(0) Comments | Posted July 26, 2013 | 1:06 PM

A few years ago, a young teenager named Chris was living the street life in Austin, Texas, a high school dropout dealing drugs and facing bleak prospects for the future. While spending time at a juvenile detention center, two Senior Corps volunteers offered Chris love, support, and consistent finger-wagging, encouraging...

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We Need More Companies in the Business of Change

(0) Comments | Posted June 17, 2013 | 10:35 AM

Imagine what would happen if the marketing experts behind your favorite Super Bowl ad developed a campaign to help a nonprofit recruit volunteers or raise awareness of an important cause. Or if the engineers at a leading technology company served as tutors at a local school, bringing STEM subjects (science,...

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Senior Corps: Making a Difference for Generations

(0) Comments | Posted May 16, 2013 | 9:10 AM

All last week we celebrated the extraordinary contributions of the 360,000 men and women who make up our Senior Corps.

From coast to coast, elected officials and community leaders have recognized the value and impact of Senior Corps -- including 45 governors who have issued proclamations for...

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

(0) Comments | Posted April 12, 2013 | 12:05 PM

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.


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Harris Wofford: Celebrating a Beacon of Citizen Service

(0) Comments | Posted February 11, 2013 | 4:26 PM

The Presidential Citizens Medal, the nation's second-highest civilian honor, recognizes American citizens who have performed exemplary deeds of service for their country or their fellow citizens. Sen. Harris Wofford will be honored along with other recipients at a White House ceremony on Friday, Feb. 15.

We are thrilled...

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Service: Citizenship in Action

(0) Comments | Posted January 18, 2013 | 2:16 PM

On the night of his reelection, President Obama called us to our higher selves as citizens. "America has never been about what can be done for us," he said. "It's about what can be done by us, together, through the hard and frustrating, but necessary work of self-government."

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Older Volunteers: Making a Difference for Generations

(2) Comments | Posted May 11, 2012 | 5:06 PM

After Air Force serviceman Al Collins of Harrison County, Mississippi, retired, he enjoyed spending time with family and friends, and checking off household projects on his ever-growing list. "After fixing everything I could think of in my own house, I realized so many neighbors my age and older can't undertake...

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