National Service News: Try Not to Cry

By CNCS Staff

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Vets Helping Vets Video Tells Powerful Story 

As always, you can find our latest and greatest below. Try not to cry when you watch the “vets helping vets” video. It’s the perfect lead-in to Senior Corps Week, which starts on Monday. Get ready to share more of these powerful senior service stories!

Seniors in Service: As part of our yearlong celebration of the 20th anniversary of AmeriCorps, we are continuing to use the month of May to highlight the many contributions of senior volunteers. For 40 years, volunteers who serve through our Senior Companion program have positively impacted thousands of lives. Watch and share this video of how one Senior Companion volunteer builds a bond of friendship.

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Celebrating #AmeriCorps20: We join Volunteer Florida in celebrating the success of its first AmeriCorps 20th anniversary service event. AmeriCorps members from several programs joined Northwest Florida Environmental Stewards and representatives from Northwest Florida State College to restore the local ecosystem in Santa Rosa Beach. Check out the great photo gallery!

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Delaying Harvard: Every day, our national service participants take unique measures to help others in need.Akash Nandi is one shining example. The 17-year old, who graduated high school early and scored a perfect 2400 on his SATs, took a year off to serve as a City Year AmeriCorps member. Akash will begin his studies at Harvard University this fall, but first he’s teaching children life skills in Queens, NY.

National Service in the News

Senior Corps

Fostering Better Children
KULR-TV (MT), May 9, 2014
[VIDEO] Barbara Brady, Program Director for the Foster Grandparent Program, says the theme for this year is re-purposing because there’s nothing better than retired senior citizens, re-purposing their lives, to brighten the lives of children.

Senior Companions of Northern Nevada
KTVN-TV (NV), May 15, 2014
[VIDEO] Northern Nevada’s 65 companion volunteers work with 325 seniors in need. Brock says it gives the volunteers a sense of purpose because the clients count on them. “They visit seniors still living independently and we want to keep them living independently for as long as possible.”

Program matches seniors with volunteer opportunities
Long Beach Press Telegram (CA), May 12, 2014
Last year, more than 500 RSVP workers like Goldstein contributed over 200,000 hours of community service within the city….“RSVP can be the matchmaker to successful aging,” she said. “Research indicates that volunteering not only has socialization benefits, but individual health benefits as well.”

AmeriCorps

Illinois receives $4.4 million in AmeriCorps grant
Associated Press, May 14, 2014
Gov. Pat Quinn announced on Tuesday that AmeriCorps programs will receive $4.4 million from the Corporation for National and Community Service.  The grants will go toward teaching, tutoring, and mentoring at-risk youth in Illinois. Quinn says AmeriCorps is the foundation of the volunteer infrastructure in the state.

AmeriCorps NCCC

AmeriCorps NCCC Class 20 Corps Member Spotlight: Robyn Philips
Vinton Today (IA), May 14, 2014
Robyn Philips, from Bowie, Maryland is serving on team Cedar 1 in AmeriCorps NCCC Class 20. She arrived in Vinton on February 11 to start her 10-month service term. Cedar 1 is made up of nine people from across the country who will serve together around the Midwest.

AmeriCorps VISTA

AmeriCorps worker promotes student service
The Barnstable Patriot (MA) , May 9, 2014
Stacey Sexton outside the Cape Cod Community College Library that houses her office as service learning resources project coordinator for the college. She has been serving in the position this academic year through AmeriCorps VISTA.

Social Innovation Fund

Searching for new ways to boost third grade reading, but only if they show results
Chalkbeat Colorado, May 14, 2014
The Early Literacy Social Innovation Fund initiative aims to move the needle on third grade reading proficiency.   The 5-year SIF initiative, which is partially funded with federal money and managed by Mile High United Way, is a collection of nine research projects run by non-profit organizations around the state.

National Service Blog

AmeriCorps and GRID Alternatives: Partnering for a Clean Energy Future
NationalService.gov, May 15, 2014
Last week, President Obama traveled to Mountain View, CA, to share a progress report on America’s clean energy future and announce new commitments to expand the deployment of solar power.   

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