Friday, January 4, 2013

National Day of Service during the 57th Presidential Inauguration weekend, which coincides with the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service

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Dear National Service Communicators and CNCS Colleagues,
We skipped this message last week to spend a little time with our friends and family, and we hope you did the same. Of course, national service never takes a day off. We're happy to share that we're working with the Presidential Inaugural Committee (PIC) to plan and host the National Day of Service during the 57th Presidential Inauguration weekend, which coincides with the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service.
As today's Washington Post reports, "The committee, whose inaugural theme is 'Our People, Our Future,' has teamed up with the Corporation for National and Community Service and hired staff around the country to help organize events for the National Day of Service." Stay tuned for more information about how you can get involved.
Below please find other recent media clips about our programs and initiatives.
Thanks and enjoy your weekend.
The External Affairs Team

AmeriCorps NCCC member Katherine Wiley discusses Hurricane Sandy response

Media Highlight

In an interview with a Fox affiliate in St. Louis, Missouri, AmeriCorps NCCC member Katherine Wiley shares her experiences on the front lines of the Hurricane Sandy relief effort in storm-ravaged New York. 

National Service in the News

Volunteering and Civic Life in America

Volunteering and civic life- the backbone of a better AmericaMcClatchy (Washington, DC), December 27, 2012
Overall, one in four adults volunteered almost 8 billion hours through an organization, providing an estimated economic value of $171 billion. In addition to volunteering through organizations, two out of three Americans serve informally by helping out their neighbors, an increase of 9.5 percentage points from last year. The findings come from Volunteering and Civic Life in America, a report issued last week by the Corporation for National and Community Service and the National Conference on Citizenship.


Your kids can warm up with a cool bookKNDO 25 (Washington), January 2, 2012
The Regional Service Corps-AmeriCorps this week is holding afternoon reading activities at the Mid-Columbia Libraries branches. Corp member Valery Tolle says children of all ages can play games and take part in arts and crafts all aimed at inspiring them to read.

AmeriCorps VISTA

Brooklyn ‘A’ kicks off new years with arrival of new staff
Brooklyn Daily Eagle (New York), January 3, 2012
Brooklyn Legal Services Corporation A, more commonly known as “Brooklyn A,” the long-term provider of free legal services to low-income residents and community organizations in the neighborhoods of North and East Brooklyn, is celebrating the new year with the arrival of an extraordinary group of nine VISTA volunteers and law graduate fellowship winners.

AmeriCorps NCCC

St. Louisan On The Front Lines Of Hurricane Sandy ReliefFox 2 Now (Missouri), December 23, 2012
It’s been quite a homecoming for Katherine Wiley, 21, a recent college graduate from St. Louis, who just returned from the front lines of the Hurricane Sandy relief effort in storm-ravaged New York. She shared her unforgettable experiences and pictures with Fox 2 Sunday. That tortured place where flood gave way to fire and all hope seemed lost became home to Wiley and her team of 10 fellow AmeriCorps volunteers.

Senior Corps

Making a Difference for kids: School literacy program: A win-win for volunteers and childrenTimes Standard (California), December 28, 2012
”The nickname doesn't really fit until I do the face that makes kindergartners laugh,” he said. “I tell them there’s no smiling in school, but can’t get them to do the grumpy face. All they can do is smile and laugh.” Davis is among the 96 volunteers placed with 280 kindergarten through second-grade students as part of the Early Literacy Partners Program coordinated by the Humboldt County Office of Education and United Way.

Social Innovation Fund 

Scaling Smarter, Scaling for KeepsStanford Social Innovation Review (California), December 28, 2012
In his first term, President Obama committed to “seeking out creative, results-oriented programs … and helping them replicate their efforts across America.” In 2011, the federal Social Innovation Fund (SIF) made one of its first awards to the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), a national community development intermediary dedicated to the revitalization of low-income neighborhoods, to expand itsFinancial Opportunity Center (FOC) program. Blog

National Mentoring Month Celebrates Adults Who Inspire, January 3, 2013
Each new year draws millions to make resolutions designed to change their lives. And while the focus on self-improvement is fine, the arrival of National Mentoring Month gives us an opportunity to recognize men and women who channel their energy to helping and inspiring young people toward a brighter future.

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