National Service News: Expanding the Service Family

By CNCS Staff


This week we welcomed a new leader to the national service family — Paul Monteiro, incoming director of AmeriCorps VISTA. Most recently, Paul served President Obama in the Office of Public Engagement at the White House. During his tenure, he was responsible for long-term strategic planning related to critical investments in low-income communities.

Paul comes to us at a time when we have a lot of momentum for national service participation — just check out this week’s highlights!

Thank you and have a good weekend,

Ted Miller
Chief of External Affairs
Corporation for National and Community Service

P.S. – Monday, April 21, marks the fifth anniversary of the signing of the Serve America Act. Be prepared to help us share a new tool that shows how national service #GetsThingsDone…


Earlier this week, the Social Innovation Fund hosted a Twitter town hall using our new handle,@SIFund. Participants joined Director Michael Smith, the Stanford Social Innovation Review, and the Case Foundation to get more information about this year’s grant opportunity.


Encouraging Participation in STEM: Every day, our Senior Corps volunteers—Senior Companions, Foster Grandparents, and RSVP participants—improve the lives of students. The Senior Corps RSVP of Montgomery County’s My Free Tutor program pairs freshmen high school students with volunteer tutors. These volunteers lead online one-on-one sessions and host science, technology, engineering, and math workshops to encourage students to pursue careers in the STEM fields.


Helping Communities Rebuild: Earlier this week, CEO Wendy Spencer (at right, with Jim Cantore of the Weather Channel) spoke at the National Hurricane Conference in Orlando, FL. She and Kelly DeGraff, senior advisor for disaster services, explained how AmeriCorps members and Senior Corps volunteers help homeowners and communities get back on their feet after disasters strike.


Celebrating the AmeriCorps Anniversary: We engage citizens and volunteers in the important mission of environmental stewardship. This month, as part of the 20th anniversary of AmeriCorps, we are highlighting the valuable contributions that AmeriCorps members and Senior Corps volunteers make to the environment. Last year, AmeriCorps NCCC members planted more than 329,000 new trees across the country.

National Service in the News

Senior Corps

Foster grandparents recognized for their service
KSWO-TV (OK), April 11, 2014
[VIDEO] The Delta Community Action Foster Grandparent program held their annual recognition luncheon Friday in Duncan. The group came together to celebrate their senior citizen volunteers who are serving as mentors to kids right here in classrooms across southwest Oklahoma.


Reading Corps tutors help students become better readers
Winona Daily News (MN), April 12, 2014
She began doing research and discovered Minnesota Reading Corps, a statewide AmeriCorps program designed to help students become successful readers by the end of third grade. She found there certainly was a need. More than two-thirds of fourth-grade students in the United States can’t read as well as they should, according to a study by Minnesota Reading Corps released last month by the Corporation for National and Community Service. Students who aren’t proficient by then have a lesser chance of graduating, the study found.

AmeriCorps NCCC

More than 100 pitch in at Bergen Community College planting, repairing grounds (NJ), April 12, 2014
Casey Bruce, a field team leader for AmeriCorps’ National Civilian Community Corp, said her team of eight were also celebrating global youth service day on Saturday. “It’s so wonderful to see first-time volunteers coming out,” Bruce said. “This is the perfect event.”

AmeriCorps VISTA

Hoop house for HALO
The Journal Times (WI), April 13, 2014
The hoop house was made possible by a $10,000 grant from Sustainable Edible Economic Development, a Racine- and Kenosha-based nonprofit that promotes the buying and growing of local food, according to Amy Macemon, an AmeriCorps VISTA worker serving as the food enterprise coordinator for HALO and SEED.

Social Innovation Fund

Waco aiming at big grant to fund antipoverty plan
Waco Trib (TX), April 13, 2014
The Waco City Council on Tuesday will vote on applying for grants from the Social Innovation Fund from the federal Corporation for National and Community Service.

National Service Blog

Meet the New Director of AmeriCorps VISTA
By Wendy Spencer, April 16, 2014
It is my honor to welcome Paul Monteiro as the new Director of AmeriCorps VISTA. Paul brings an impressive record as a public servant dedicated to improving the lives of his fellow citizens.

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