By CNCS Staff
230 AmeriCorps members and Senior Corps volunteers are serving in five central and southern states after weather-related disasters this week.
Getting things done — it’s our mantra and mandate. Every day, in communities across the country, national service has a powerful impact. Whether it’s Senior Corps volunteers helping kids learn to read, or AmeriCorps members responding to disasters, or Social Innovation Fund grantees connecting unemployed Americans to jobs, national service gets it done.
This week, the White House joined us in announcing the results of the 2014 AmeriCorps grant competition, hundreds of national service participants responded to disasters, and we kicked off our celebration of Senior Service Month. Read more below!
National Service in Action: As of today, 230 AmeriCorps members and Senior Corps volunteers are serving in five central and southern states experiencing severe weather-related disasters. They are manning volunteer reception centers, leading clean-up and debris removal efforts, assessing damage, and providing client casework services. “As those affected by these storms begin to dig out and begin to rebuild, the national service family stands shoulder to shoulder in their time of need,” said CNCS CEO Wendy Spencer.
AmeriCorps Grants Strengthen Communities: This week we joined national leaders to announce $205 million in AmeriCorps grants to support 43,000 members meeting critical needs across the U.S. The White House did their part with an announcement on Air Force One and White House blog post, and more than a dozen members of Congress joined us in making press calls to share the good news. Congratulations to the 288 organizations that rose to the top in this tough competitive year! Through our investment and the additional $527 million these grants will leverage, these organizations and the AmeriCorps members they support will improve countless lives and communities next year. Check out our Storify for all the action!
Saluting Senior Service: Every day in communities across the country, Americans age 55 and older are getting things done through AmeriCorps and Senior Corps. They bring a lifetime of skills and experience to service, using their extraordinary talents to make a difference for others. As part of Senior Corps Week and the 20th anniversary of AmeriCorps, we’re observing May as Senior Service Month. Together with our partners, we’ll highlight the many ways that older Americans are making a difference for America. You can help us! Use our toolkit to salute seniors in service all this month, including during Senior Corps Week (May 19-23). Send us your stories at firstname.lastname@example.org and be sure to use the #SeniorsGetThingsDone hashtag in social media!
National Service in the News
St. Bernard Project needs your help in helping New Orleans
KHOU-TV - Online (TX), May 6, 2014
[VIDEO] The St. Bernard Project is completing the repairs on their home, training a team of AmeriCorps members in the skills needed to repair hurricane-damaged houses.
FEMA Corps Teaches Students Emergency Preparedness
FEMA (NJ), May 5, 2014
FEMA Corps is a branch of the AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps program (NCCC) created in 2012 when the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) formed a partnership. FEMA Corps members participate in a 10 month program in which members travel the country in teams, usually composed of a diverse group of 8-10 young adults, who work with FEMA on projects related to disaster preparedness, response and recovery.
Baylor receives $280,000 grant for summer program to help recovery in West
KXXV-TV (TX), May 7, 2014
Baylor University has received a $280,009 grant to establish a summer program that will give high school students a summer job while they help the rebuilding process in West. The Corporation for National and Community Service grant will allow the Baylor Interdisciplinary Poverty Initiative and the city of West to establish an AmeriCorps VISTA Summer Associates Program.
National Senior Corps Week salutes programs
KTVZ (OR), May 5, 2014
For more than four decades, Senior Corps and its three programs - Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP), the Senior Companion Program, and Foster Grandparents Program - have proven to be a highly effective way to engage Americans ages 55 and over in meeting national and community needs.
Foster Grandparents give thousands of hours
Messenger News (IA), May 8, 2014
Fort Dodge’s Foster Grandparents were celebrated for another year of service at Citizens Central Thursday. According to Jeanine Nemitz, program director, more than 40 volunteers have contributed nearly 40,000 hours of service during the 2013-14 school year. Each volunteer donates a minimum of 15 hours to schools every week.
RSVP Volunteers celebrated as the ‘Shining Stars’ they are
Times-Picayune - Online (LA), May 5, 2014
Volunteers of America Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) provides a wide range of volunteer opportunities for its 300-plus members in St. Tammany Parish. Volunteers mentor children in reading, help seniors remain in their homes by providing companionship and transportation, help educate the public on topics such as the environment and elder abuse, as well as volunteer in local hospitals.
Social Innovation Fund
Inducted into National Alumni Hall of Fame By Boys and Girls Clubs of America
Alice Echo-News Journal - Online (TX), May 5, 2014
Other 2014 Alumni Hall of Fame honorees included…Michael Smith, Massachusetts, director of the Social Innovation Fund, a White House initiative and program of the Corporation for National and Community Service.
National Service Blog
Continuing to Support National Service Through the Latest Round of AmeriCorps Grants
nationalservice.tumblr.com, May 7, 2014
For example, at this moment, AmeriCorps members are on the ground in Arkansas, Mississippi, and Kansas to help the survivors of the recent round of destructive tornadoes – just as they responded to Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy; tornadoes in Joplin, Missouri, and Moore, Oklahoma; and the mudslide in Oso, Washington.