So Much AmeriMentum!

By CNCS Staff


National Service News Week In Review

Every year, thousands of Americans take the pledge of service and devote themselves to getting things done for America.

This week, we celebrated the graduation of another great class of AmeriCorps NCCC members, highlighted the story of one of our inspiring Senior Corps volunteers, announced the advancement of two new partnerships, and continued gearing up for the upcoming AmeriCorps 20th anniversary.

Continuing a Culture of Service: Whether they’re mentoring youth, renovating and improving building infrastructure, or completing projects that benefit the environment, the passion and perseverance of our AmeriCorps NCCC members revitalize communities all over the nation.

This week, our AmeriCorps NCCC campus in Denver celebrated its 20th graduating class in style at a ceremony at Red Rocks, a natural amphitheater built by the Civilian Conservation Corps.  The 250 graduates completed a whopping 330,000+ hours of service this past year.

Somebody Call Webster’s: “AmeriMentum” is one of our favorite new AmeriWords… check Facebook for more.

Winter September 12 is Coming:  We are just 42 days away from the nationwide simultaneous AmeriCorps pledge ceremony. Next week, we’ll unveil a brand new online resource that will help us close the yearlong celebration of the AmeriCorps anniversary with a bang. Stay tuned!


Partnering for Success: Partnerships with other agencies, nonprofits, and organizations ensure we’re investing in solutions that work. Funded by a $10 million grant from the Citi Foundation, a new CNCS partnership with Points of Light called ServiceWorks will engage 225 AmeriCorps VISTA members in service projects over three years.  Members will help 25,000 underserved young adults in 10 cities develop the skills they need to prepare for college and careers.  CEO Wendy Spencer was on hand yesterday (read her blogpost) to swear in ServiceWorks AmeriCorps members as they begin their year of service.

Also yesterday, the National Association of Community Health Centers announced a new partnership with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to train their 500 Community HealthCorps AmeriCorps members to deliver financial education and tools to health center patients across the country.


Strengthening Response and Recovery: Every day, our AmeriCorps members and Senior Corps volunteers help communities across the nation prepare, respond, and recover from natural and man-made disasters. We will use August, the final month of our yearlong celebration of the 20th anniversary of AmeriCorps, to highlight the important contributions that our members make to the disaster services field. Checkout out this month’s toolkit for ways to get involved!


Leading a Life of Purpose: Senior Corps volunteers who serve through our Senior Companion, RSVP, and Foster Grandparent programs exemplify what our research shows: volunteering can lead to a healthier, happier, and longer life.

Virginia Burgher, a Foster Grandparent in South Dakota, says making a commitment to service changed her for the better.

“Before becoming a Foster Grandparent, I was bored with life, sleeping a lot and even a little depressed,” she said.  “The Foster Grandparent program has been one of the most positive and rewarding experiences I have ever encountered.”

National Service in the News

Senior Corps

Seniors can earn income as Foster Grandparents, Senior Companions
North Escambia (FL), July 30, 2014
Foster grandparents work with children in schools, HeadStart programs and child care centers. Activities may include helping with classwork, reinforcing values and caring for children with disabilities. Foster grandparents generally work four hours per day, Monday through Friday.


Glidden grad volunteers in inner-city Denver schools
Daily Times Herald (IA), July 30, 2014
Though the 23-person AmeriCorps team is involved in the classrooms for the Power Lunch Program, the majority of its work deals with handling data to improve attendance, engagement and test scores. The combination makes the program a good fit for both Jessica and her business degree, and Trevor and his interest in teaching. 

AmeriCorps NCCC

Local volunteers assist AmeriCorps workers on Illini Trail
Shelbyville Daily Union - Online (IL), July 29, 2014
The AmeriCorps NCCC crew got a boost of help on July 19 from community volunteers to work on the Chief Illini Trail at Lake Shelbyville. The crew is rehabilitating the trail, which has been neglected over time. The 11-mile hiking trail runs between Lone Point Recreational Area and Eagle Creek State Park.

AmeriCorps VISTA

From College to Career: Her First Job After Graduation
The Huffington Post (NY), July 30, 2014
For the next year, Erin is volunteering with AmeriCorps VISTA in Indianapolis. AmeriCorps VISTA’s focus is on combating poverty. She will serve as the Director of Alumni Relations at the Oaks Academy, a K‒8 school in inner city Indianapolis. Her goal is to continue to provide support for the Oaks Alumni and encourage lifelong relationships within community. 

National Service Blog

AmeriCorps VISTA Champions Student Veterans, July 31, 2014
One of the most common challenges veterans face is re-entering society.  Adelle Yin, an AmeriCorps VISTA member serving with Montana Campus Connect (MTCC), is working to ease this transition.

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