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Monday’s Senior Corps luncheon brought together more than 700 program directors to hear Senior Corps Director Dr. Erwin Tan discuss the program’s strategic direction and celebrate RSVP’s 40th Anniversary.

Last week, we gathered fourteen inspirational citizens to hear about their tireless efforts to renew and strengthen their communities through service and innovation. We met in New Orleans, the host city for the 2011 National Conference on Volunteering and Service, an annual convening of over 4,000 people working to make a difference in the lives of others.

The private sector spends many millions of dollars each year listening to its customers – but what about the nonprofit sector? And who are its customers?

This Saturday, June 11th, is National Get Outdoors Day! This annual event, in its fourth year, aims to encourage healthy, active outdoor fun at sites across the nation. With partners in federal agencies, nonprofit organizations, and the recreation industry, the Department of the Interior is ensuring that this event will provide diverse opportunities for American families to experience traditional and non-traditional types of outdoor activities.

Two women have been helping make an environmental impact in Stark County, North Dakota for nearly two decades. Lyla Schulz, 91, and Jean Herauf, 90, have each volunteered over 1,000 hours doing routine office work to allow conservationists with USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service to spend more time working directly with farmers and ranchers.

Each year, the Corporation for National and Community Service and the Points of Light Institute convene thousands of volunteers from across the nation at the National Conference on Volunteering and Service, which will take place on June 6-8, 2011.

Last week, when South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard designated the South Dakota Nonprofit Association as South Dakota’s State Commission for National and Community Service, he made service history for South Dakota. With his signature on the executive order, South Dakota became the 50th state to name a service commission.

The Service News Digest is a regular feature on the Serve.Gov blog. In this series, we showcase news highlights that feature national service and Corporation for National and Community Service programs. Take a look at some of the great stories that had people talking recently.

As Earth Day nears, people around the world will take part in events across the country and abroad to raise awareness about our natural surroundings and promote efforts to tackle pressing challenges facing our environment.

To the children at Moody Air Force Base Child Development Center, the nine volunteers from the Senior Volunteer Connection Foster Grandparent Program are all “Grandma,” and the volunteers wouldn’t have it any other way.

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