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National Service News Week in Review

As this week comes to a close, we’re acknowledging the ways service inspires innovation and brings leaders and communities together. 

We also congratulate José Phillips, incoming director of AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC). He is currently the AmeriCorps NCCC Campus Director for the Pacific Region. He also served in leadership roles with California Conservation Corps for nearly two decades.

José assumes this new role at a time when we’re creating more opportunities for Americans to serve.  Read more below to find out how.


Shining a Spotlight on Service: The national service community came together this week at the annual Conference on Volunteering and Service in Atlanta, GA.  The conference drew thousands of leaders in service and volunteer programs from the nonprofit, government, faith-based, and corporate sectors.  During the event, AmeriCorps members and Senior Corps volunteers, like Stanley Barnes (above), shared their personal stories of service.


Inspiring New Ideas: In conjunction with National Day of Making, the White House hosted its first-ever Maker Faire on Wednesday to inspire the next generation of entrepreneurs, inventors, and innovators. CNCS also announced the expansion of the AmeriCorps VISTA Maker Education Initiative in five cities: Baltimore, MD; Detroit, MI; Pittsburgh, PA; Miami, FL; and San Antonio, TX. These new efforts will build on those of the 10 AmeriCorps members currently serving through Maker Ed projects in California, which AmeriCorps VISTA Leader Jeremy Mitchell (above) is helping to coordinate.

Strengthening Education: Every day, elected officials across the country use national service as a tool to help students succeed.  This week, Rep. Brian Higgins announced a $1,369,762 award for AmeriCorps Builds Lives through Education (ABLE): a program that provides tutoring for students in a variety of schools in Buffalo, NY. ABLE tutors serve one year of service as AmeriCorps members. In addition to tutoring students, ABLE members participate in professional development and trainings to prepare them for future careers.


Celebrating Our Birthday: State service commission Volunteer Florida hosted a service event last month, as part of an ongoing series of celebrations to mark the 20th anniversary of AmeriCorps. Volunteer Florida CEO Chester Spellman and Chair Susan Towler, University of North Florida Vice President and Chief of Staff Tom Serwatka, Ph.D, and Rep. Reggie Fullwood of Jacksonville joined AmeriCorps members and community volunteers at the University of North Florida to create 2,000 hygiene kits for people living in poverty, paint a mural for a local school, and package 6,000 pounds of food for Duval County seniors.

National Service in the News


Ask the experts: How can we solve the young adult unemployment crisis?
NationSwell (NY), June 18, 2014
Young Invincibles is pushing to increase funding for AmeriCorps, an intensive national-service program that employs Americans to work at nonprofits, schools, public agencies and community groups across the country. 

AmeriCorps VISTA

Smiles and sweet potato slips
The News & Advance - Online (VA), June 17, 2014
Through a program called MarketKids, run by the Blacksburg farmers market, a group of 35 6-12 year-olds and their fearless AmeriCorps VISTA leader Maureen McGonagle are growing their own vegetable garden.

AmeriCorps NCCC

AmeriCorps NCCC and Westminster Woods preventing fires
Sonoma County Gazette-Online (CA), June 17, 2014
A team of ten AmeriCorps Nation Civilian Community Corps (NCCC) members will be serving with Westminster Woods summer camp and conference center from June 3rd until July 16th,. This is the team’s fourth project in their ten-month service commitment to AmeriCorps NCCC, a program celebrating its 20th anniversary this year.

Senior Corps

Foster grandparent program marks 42 years (PA), June 14, 2014
Kubik, 85, and O’Hara, 80, and the others were recognized at the Foster Grandparent Program’s 42nd Anniversary Recognition at the Genetti Hotel with nearly 200 in attendance.

Social Innovation Fund

The Government as Venture Capitalist
Prague Post (CA), June 16, 2014
Likewise, the new federal Social Innovation Fund provides grants to social-sector intermediaries – foundations, non-profits, and social enterprises – that develop new programs to tackle problems like unequal educational opportunity. These grants are awarded on a competitive basis, and funding is contingent on achieving measurable outcomes.

National Service Blog

The Pride and Joy of Serving Others, June 20, 2014
When I was a child I wanted to serve this country as a member of the armed service. That dream came to an end my freshman year of high school when I was diagnosed with a degenerative eye disease called retinitis pigmentosa.

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