By CNCS Staff
National Service News Week In Review
As we celebrate the Fourth of July, we are reminded that service is a core part of the American experience. This week’s update highlights several recent actions by bipartisan governors and state leaders who recognize the value of national service and its role in improving communities across the nation.
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Expanding Service in Washington: On Tuesday, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee (center) signed an executive order that will lead to the expansion of national service opportunities in his state. It calls on Serve Washington to develop partnerships, recommend policies, and provide leadership to expand national service and “make service a part of the lives of all Washingtonians.” This effort aligns with the goals of President Obama’s Task Force on Expanding National Service.
Recognizing Michigan’s Service Stars: Last week, Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder (center) presented the 2014 Governor’s Service Awards in Detroit. Among the honorees was the Senior Corps RSVP program in Kalamazoo, which engaged 458 volunteers who donated 75,443 hours to 84 different organizations at a value of $1.7 million. “It’s an honor to celebrate these extraordinary volunteers and organizations and highlight their dedication to their communities,” said Gov. Snyder.
Alleviating Childhood Hunger in Montana: 1-in-5 children struggle with hunger in Montana. On Tuesday, Gov. Steve Bullock announced that AmeriCorps members will help alleviate childhood hunger in targeted communities throughout the state. Montana No Kid Hungry, an AmeriCorps program, was awarded $65,000 from the Montana Commission on Community Service. In addition to enhancing participation in school breakfast programs, AmeriCorps members will build new and existing childhood hunger coalitions, conduct surveys on school nutrition programs, and organize local service projects in Billings, Great Falls, Missoula, Kalispell, and Helena.
Honoring Service in Wisconsin: Last month, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker presented Governor’s Service Recognition awards to AmeriCorps and Senior Corps participants supported by CNCS and Serve Wisconsin. The honorees included AmeriCorps VISTA Olivia Hendricks (far left), who created two successful mentoring groups that provide more than 50 teens with mentors and tutors. “Today, we recognize outstanding organizations and individuals who exemplify the strong character and principles that make Wisconsin such a wonderful place to live,” said Gov. Walker. “I thank each of these recipients, and all citizens engaged in community service and volunteering, for your willingness to make Wisconsin a better place to live.”
Lifting Up Maine Seniors in Service: Every day, Senior Corps members who serve through the Foster Grandparent and Senior Companion programs help lead students along the path of academic success. Speaker of the Maine House of Representatives Mark Eves of North Berwick (left) recently honored Foster Grandparent and Senior Companion volunteers during an annual recognition luncheon. “The work of these senior volunteers provides an excellent model for how Maine can turn the challenges we face with our aging population into an opportunity,” Eves said.
National Service in the News
Elementary schools offer free summer learning
The Herald-Dispatch - Online (WV), June 29, 2014
Leading the program are mentors through West Virginia University’s Extension Service and AmeriCorps. Volunteers are part of the programs’ success as well.
AmeriCorps helps local man find his path
Times News (TN), June 29, 2014
VISTA stands for Volunteers in Service to America. Perkins thought it sounded like a good opportunity and signed up for the 10-week program. He enjoyed the program, but still wanted time to figure out what he wanted to do with his life before he received his degree.
Stroudsburg’s Streamside Camp gets helping hand
Pocono Record (PA), June 30, 2014
“It’s just the time to do all of these projects and having AmeriCorps come in was a tremendous encouragement for us all. Without them, we probably would have had to wait another year or so to get this done,” Brown said.
Foster Grandparents Program celebrates 40 years
Sheboygan Press (WI), June 27, 2014
The local Foster Grandparent Program recently celebrated 40 years of service Wednesday, May 28, at Breaking Bread Banquet Hall. The occasion included a special tribute to Dorothy Minster, founding director, for her passion and leadership from 1974 to 1995. On July 30, 1974, the Rehabilitation Center received a $25,000 federal grant to recruit 14 older adults to serve as “Foster Grandparents” to children with special needs.
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8 TV Characters Who Would Make Great AmeriCorps Members
NationalService.tumblr.com, June 26, 2014
Leslie’s hardworking spirit and passion for strengthening the Pawnee community would make her a great AmeriCorps member. We can envision her on an AmeriCorps NCCC team, helping to build parks in small communities.