AmeriCorps Seniors: Creativity and Community During COVID-19

Submitted by kaparker on Wed, 12/09/2020 - 13:58

AmeriCorps CEO Barbara Stewart and AmeriCorps staff Adrienne Nash Meléndez and Andrea New recently visited AmeriCorps Seniors grantee, Modern Maturity Center, Inc. (MCC) in Dover, Delaware. While needs have increased exponentially due to COVID-19, programs like MCC that engage senior volunteers are working to keep both volunteers and those they serve safe.

A Lifetime of Service: Veterans Serve Through AmeriCorps Seniors

Submitted by admin on Thu, 11/12/2020 - 13:16

Yesterday was Veterans Day, an annual opportunity to express our gratitude to the courageous men and women in uniform who have given so much to our nation. Our veterans know the meaning of service, sacrifice, and camaraderie, and their experiences enrich the lives of their communities long after they leave the armed forces. Many veterans choose to continue to give back: often to their communities, but sometimes to each other, as well.

It takes an important commitment to community and others to put service before self. Recently, AmeriCorps CEO Barbara Stewart and Retired U.S. Navy Rear Admiral Earl Gay, the AmeriCorps advisor for veterans and veteran-service organizations, had the honor of meeting a special cadre of AmeriCorps members who chose to do so twice. 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – AmeriCorps, the federal agency for volunteering and service, today announced the launch of a new food security initiative to create a comprehensive and collaborative approach to hunger. The four awards, totaling $2 million, will support 100 new AmeriCorps VISTA members in New Hampshire, Maine, Ohio, and Texas, which are launching new projects or expanding projects to combat the growing hunger crisis.  

A message from our CEO

Submitted by admin on Tue, 09/29/2020 - 09:21

For decades, our agency has engaged people of all ages and backgrounds in getting things done - improving lives, strengthening communities, and expanding opportunity. Today, service is needed more than ever. To meet current and future challenges, it is essential that more individuals know how they can serve their communities and country. But all too often, the public doesn’t know what national service is, the benefits, or how to get involved. That’s why we are taking steps to increase awareness and ensure more people know about opportunities to serve. 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the Corporation for National and Community Service, the federal agency for service, awarded the annual Excellence in AmeriCorps awards to five alumni, grantees, and advocates for their outstanding service. From California to Puerto Rico, COVID-19 response to mental health awareness, this year’s award recipients go above and beyond every day to make our country safer, smarter, and healthier. 

Kurtis Edwards: An AmeriCorps VISTA Taking On Poverty and Racial Injustice with the Power of Literacy

Submitted by admin on Wed, 09/09/2020 - 08:58

Kurtis Edwards can’t recall how he found the AmeriCorps VISTA program, but after almost two years of service, he feels lucky that he did. As he completes his second year of service, he is even more resolute in his determination to “work tirelessly at a career in human service and community building.”

AmeriCorps Members are Trailblazers in Transitioning Communities to Remote and Distance Learning

Submitted by admin on Thu, 09/03/2020 - 12:52

All around the country, AmeriCorps members are taking the lead in helping communities transition to online learning. These efforts come at an especially critical time for the country, while states and school districts are still making decisions about instruction in the fall. 

Pandemic in Navajo Nation has AmeriCorps members adapting to serve community members in need

Submitted by admin on Thu, 09/03/2020 - 11:29

Tribal economies have taken hard hits too. Communities that rely on tourism, gambling revenue, or other businesses operating on their land have had their tax base effectively cut to zero, making it infinitely more difficult to run health clinics and provide other services crucial to the vitality of their communities.