AmeriCorps and AmeriCorps Seniors COVID-19 Response

Submitted by kaparker on Wed, 12/09/2020 - 14:07

In spite of the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, national service  programs continue to respond to the needs of their communities in innovative and timely ways.

Since the beginning of the public health crisis, more than 21,400 AmeriCorps members and AmeriCorps Seniors volunteers have responded to the pandemic through direct service initiatives. Collectively, these  members and volunteers have:

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. 

Jessica Bulling: An AmeriCorps VISTA Using Her Passion for Education to Break the Cycle of Poverty

Submitted by admin on Tue, 09/22/2020 - 16:53

When Jessica Bulling went for an interview at the Phenix City Housing Authority (PCHA), she felt completely out of her comfort zone. She hadn’t worked in housing before, and it wasn’t her goal to become an AmeriCorps VISTA, but a relocation to Benning, Georgia had made it necessary for Jessica to look for a new job. She was drawn to the description of the role at Phenix City Housing Authority. Her belief that education is the key to unlocking the chains of poverty fit perfectly with the work of PCHA’s Resident Services team.

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. 

AmeriCorps VISTA Uses Power of Storytelling to Impact Lives

Submitted by admin on Mon, 09/14/2020 - 13:27

Jillian Maynard is helping the aging Jewish community in Youngstown, Ohio tell their stories. From surviving the Holocaust to making a new life in the United States, the Life Stories Project serves as a form of narrative therapy while also helping to strengthen the connection between participants and their children and grandchildren.

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.