AmeriCorps Members Served with the President and First Lady

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National Service News

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

Thank you for helping us make the 2016 Martin Luther King Day of Service a day on!

We hope you enjoy looking through this Storify where you will see service from across the country, and in Washington, DC, where the President and First Lady served  as well asmany members of his cabinet.

Today we’re highlighting stories from MLK Day, including from Administration officials who chose to #ServeRural as well as from the AmeriCorps members who served with the President and First Lady.

And, we’re honoring the Resilience AmeriCorps members who visited DC last week to begin their year of service.

Thank you and have a great weekend!

In service,

Ted Miller
Chief of External Affairs
Corporation for National and Community Service

President Obama and The First Lady serve with Americorps members at Leckie Elementary on MLK Day

Serving with the President and First Lady on #MLKDay: To honor Dr. King, the President and the First Lady participated in a service project at an elementary school alongside students and AmeriCorps members. Some of the AmeriCorps members who participated shared stories from the day:

  • “[The President and First Lady are just] like you and me trying to make the world a better place by serving the community.” –Rickford Smith, Reading Partners
  • “I hope to use the First Lady’s Let’s Move Initiative as inspiration to revitalize our school garden. We want to create more community equity in the garden and connect it with healthy eating and healthy living. We want to bring our produce and healthy eating and cooking habits into the cafeteria and even into our students’ homes.” – Natalie Harris, FoodCorps
  • “For me [serving with the President and First Lady] emphasized that servicing communities is a team effort and demonstrated the great value the President places in the work people like AmeriCorps members do everyday.” – Sam Jacques, Reading Partners

Volunteers Serve Rural on MLK Day

#ServeRural: Serve Rural is a national effort to enlist volunteers and local organizations to help build thriving rural communities. In honor of #MLKDay, leadership from the White House Rural Council and AmeriCorps VISTA, teamed up with their colleagues from the U.S. Departments of Agriculture and Education to help address poverty and hunger in rural communities. Visit our blog to learn more.

OMB Director Donovan swears in the first class of Resilience AmeriCorps members

Resilience AmeriCorps: Recently, the first-ever group of Resilience AmeriCorps members were welcomed to the White House as they began their on-the-ground work in communities across the country to help develop and implement local resilience plans. This week, the White House announced that CNCS would make available more funding to place approximately 150 Resilience AmeriCorps members in up to 27 low-income communities.  

National Service in the News


College Possible connects students with mentors for college prep
My Dayton Daily New (MN), January 16, 2016
Minneapolis-based nonprofit expanded to Chicago this fall, embarking on an effort to help hundreds of low-income Chicago Public Schools students earn college degrees. College Possible, which puts AmeriCorps volunteers to work preparing low-income students for higher education, has landed in Chicago, led by Christine Poorman, executive director of College Possible Chicago, previously led the Chicago chapter of the National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship.

AmeriCorps NCCC

AmeriCorps team going to Flint to help after water problems
Associated Press, January 8, 2016
An AmeriCorps team plans to be in Flint to support state and local efforts to protect public health after problems with lead in the city’s water supply. The Corporation for National and Community Service announced the plans Friday for the AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps team, which will be deployed for three months starting Feb. 1. Serving through the United Way of Genesee County, the team will carry out projects to improve education and public health, including going door-to-door to educate residents on using water filters appropriately. The team will work closely with other agencies.

AmeriCorps VISTA

Service Volunteers Continue Successful Food Drive
The Kittanning Paper (PA), January 20, 2016
Armstrong and Indiana County residents helped out families in need through food and monetary donations Monday. During the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service Food Drive held at the Franklin Village Mall Shop `n Save and the Indiana County Giant Eagle supermarkets Monday, AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) Sara Beatty calculated that volunteers collected two cardboard boxes-worth of non-perishable food items and more than $220 in cash.

Senior Corps

98 Foster Grandparents mentor kids at 33 sites across 4 counties
The Daily Item (PA), January 16, 2016
A grieving Bob Roth said he found a purpose later in life, not once, but twice, volunteering as a Foster Grandparent at the Oaklyn Elementary School. “It gives you reason to get out of bed every day, a reason to live,” the 87-year-old said of the six hours a day, five days a week he spends mentoring and tutoring third- and fifth-grade students as a volunteer with the Foster Grandparent Program of Central Pennsylvania.

Social Innovation Fund

The Huffington Post, January 19, 2016
There are solutions to many of the challenges facing our society today. This isn’t just New Year’s optimism; it comes from what I see every day. My faith in supportive housing stems from proof that it solves some of the toughest issues and the promising results springing from its many applications. Occasionally I cite facts and figures because data is vital to proving supportive housing’s case. One of its hallmarks is that it is performance and data-driven.

National Service Blog

Leadership and Service Go Hand in Hand at Student Veterans of America National Conference, January 15, 2016
In early January, Student Veterans of America (SVA), the country’s largest association of student veterans, held their 8th annual national conference (NATCON2016) at the Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida. This year’s conference brought together more than 1,700 student veterans to exchange best practices, network, and connect with organizations that provide services and support to veterans. In addition to leadership, the theme of service was also ubiquitous.


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