Closing Out Senior Corps Week…
As we come to the close of Senior Corps Week 2014, we have another impact video to share. Under the big sky of Missoula, MT, Senior Corps volunteers in the RSVP, Senior Companion, and Foster Grandparent programs are coming together to build houses for Habitat for Humanity, help frail veterans and elderly residents stay independent, and provide one-on-one tutoring for kids. This is their story.
Celebrating #MakeBetterHappen: CEO Wendy Spencer joined President Clinton and other luminaries at the City Year Leadership Summit in Boston on Thursday. Wendy saluted City Year AmeriCorps members and explained how 25,000 members have made a powerful impact on education across America.
Wendy also emphasized the importance of their service in many of our nation’s lowest-performing schools, including the recently formed School Turnaround AmeriCorps. She encouraged them to continue to tell their stories of service to anyone who would listen, but especially elected and civic leaders to encourage their continued support.
Celebrating Seniors in Service: We are proud of the impact Senior Corps volunteers make every day. This video is a tribute to the more than 300,000 Senior Corps volunteers who are making a difference. Check out the GIF!
To cap off Senior Corps Week, CEO Wendy Spencer today joined Kathy Greenlee, the Assistant Secretary of Aging and Administrator of the Administration for Community Living, to sign an agreement between the two agencies which will expand the use of Senior Corps volunteers within the Aging Network. Read Wendy and Kathy’s blog post about the power of senior volunteers.
National Service in the News
Overseeing America’s Community Service
The Washington Post (DC), May 22, 2014
Wendy Spencer is the CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service, the federal agency that administers AmeriCorps, Senior Corps, Social Innovation Fund and other programs that engage more than 5 million Americans in service and volunteering.
Students’ Correspondence Crosses the Generations
Globe Gazette-Online (IA), May 19, 2014
After corresponding for most of the school year, Lincoln Intermediate fifth-graders were excited to meet their new friends during an end-of-the-year celebration Monday. Through the Pen Pals program, close to 90 Lincoln students have been writing area residents involved in the Retired Senior and Volunteer Program (RSVP).
Governor Martinez Praises Work of NM Seniors
The Deming Headlight (NM), May 20, 2014
New Mexico’s Aging and Long-Term Services Department is committed to helping seniors live healthy, independent lives. One way the Department does that is through senior volunteer programs. More than 4,500 seniors volunteer through the Department’s Retired Senior Volunteers, Foster Grandparents and Senior Companions programs.
Newly Formed RSVP Inaugurated
Osceola Sentinal-Tribune (IA), May 20, 2014
While the Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) is just getting started in our area,” said Jesse Bolinger, RSVP director, “it is over 40 years old and is America’s largest volunteer network for people 55 and over with more than 400,000 volunteers nationwide.”
Woman becomes a volunteer in-action in Danville
The Advocate-Messenger - Online (KY), May 19, 2014
The main goal of the [AmeriCorps] VISTA program is to fight poverty…”I think understanding finances is a good way to boost someone out of poverty,” [she said.]
AmeriCorps NCCC Class 20 Corps Member Spotlight: Lindsay Jackson
Vinton Today (IA), May 20, 2014
Lindsay Jackson, from Oakley, California is serving on team Oak 7 in AmeriCorps NCCC Class 20. She arrived in Vinton on February 11 to start her 10-month service term. Oak 7 is made up of eight people from across the country who will serve together around the Midwest.
National Service Blog
Adventures in Service: From AmeriCorps Member to Eli Segal Fellow
NationalService.gov, May 21, 2014
As an AmeriCorps NCCC member, I had the opportunity to participate in rebuilding efforts in the New Orleans area, serve as a counselor at a camp for kids and adults with special needs, build trails on an island in the Puget Sound, support the Los Angeles Food Bank, and reduce the risk of fire in the San Bernardino Mountains.