Accepting the Service Challenge

By CNCS Staff


National Service News Week in Review

From Iowa to Louisiana, our partnerships with other agencies, state leaders, universities, and faith-based groups strengthen communities and expand ways to serve. This week’s updates highlight the important gains we have made and the exciting work that lies ahead as we continue to create new service opportunities.

Read more below where you will find the inspiration to get involved.


Establishing a New Partnership: As first reported today by USA Today and, we announced a new partnership, justice AmeriCorps, in collaboration with the Department of Justice. justice AmeriCorps will create new opportunities to serve while facilitating the effective and efficient adjudication of immigration proceedings involving certain unaccompanied immigrant children. Learn more about this exciting new partnership here.


Accepting the Challenge:  What would you do if you had a great idea that you wanted to expand?  The AmeriCorps Partnerships Challenge is a call to action to the private sector, nonprofits, philanthropies, and public agencies to expand AmeriCorps across the country. 

We’re dedicating up to $30 million in education scholarships to support this challenge. This amount of Segal AmeriCorps Education Awards is enough to support more than 8,000 new AmeriCorps members. Learn more about the challenge here.

CEO Wendy Spencer announced the  AmeriCorps Partnerships Challenge yesterday during the 2014 Summit at Gettysburg titled, “Our Unfinished Work.” The annual event, which is developed by the Franklin Project at The Aspen Institute, brings together leaders from the national service family, the military, higher education, faith communities, philanthropy, and nonprofits.


Expanding the Impact of Service: Earlier this week, we announced the 2015 Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for Senior Corps RSVP grants. CNCS will fund Senior Corps RSVP programs that are committed to serving six focus areas, including disaster support, education, and veterans and military families. Established in 1971 and now one of the largest senior volunteer programs in the nation, Senior Corps RSVP offers a diverse range of activities for volunteers ages 55 and older.

National Service in the News

Senior Corps

‘Foster Grandparents’ add to Broome County schools
WBNG Action News—Online (NY), June 2, 2014
[VIDEO] For six years, Pratt has worked as a foster grandparent for kindergarten and first graders at Roosevelt Elementary. She said the program has given her new life.


‘Graduation’ celebrates year of community service
Miami Herald—Online (FL), June 2, 2014
The group’s AmeriCorps members must commit to a year of full-time service in schools. Members receive a small stipend to cover living expenses and a grant toward furthering their education.

AmeriCorps VISTA

AmeriCorps VISTA Summer Associates help clean park
The Daily Guide - Online (MO), May 30, 2014
Sixty-six AmeriCorps VISTA Summer Associates, hired by the Waynesville R-VI School District, take pride in St. Robert and Waynesville during city clean up service projects

AmeriCorps NCCC

Chicago’s first NCCC team serves with Coppin Community Center
Vinton Today—Online (IA), June 4, 2014
For the past two weeks, AmeriCorps NCCC team Maple 2 has served with the Coppin Community Center in Chicago’s Washington Park neighborhood

National Service Blog

The Desire to Serve Makes Aging Meaningful, June 5, 2014
As adults age 60 and over become the fastest-growing segment of the U.S. population, it’s important to think about how can we provide opportunities to give them purpose during this new stage in their lives. 

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