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Due to a legacy of isolation, economic decline and policy neglect, pollution runs rampant in many parts of the Appalachian coal and Western hardrock mining regions.

In celebration of AmeriCorps Week, AmeriCorps VISTAs – past and present – gathered at Busboys & Poets in Washington, DC on May 11, 2011 for an evening of readings and reflections. Inspired by the author, Maureen O’Connor, and contributors of Knocking on Doors: VISTA Volunteers Remember 1965-1971, alumni and currently serving members shared the impact of service on their lives and careers.

We’re halfway through this year’s AmeriCorps Week, the fifth event of its kind. Each year, a theme is selected – and with one like “My AmeriCorps Story” we thought it would be fun to tell the story of an AmeriCorps member who continued his service globally with the Peace Corps.

National Service and Volunteerism are about to have their time in the spot light. Over the next few weeks there are two big events, National AmeriCorps Week, taking place May 14th-21st, and the National Conference on Volunteering and Service (NCVS).

What is AmeriCorps Week, you ask? It's an opportunity to celebrate the tremendous impact that AmeriCorps makes each year. Still not sure what AmeriCorps is? Take a look at this.

After enduring severe thunderstorms, tornadoes, and widespread devastation, the Southern and Midwestern U.S. is preparing for yet another natural disaster – the flooding of the Mississippi River.

Colleges across the country are preparing to honor their graduates but six schools have yet another reason to celebrate – they’ve just received Presidential Awards in the 2010 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.

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 stories that had people talking recently.

Frelicia May and her family of 16 – a husband, sister, children, and grandchildren –remained at the American Red Cross shelter in Clinton, Mississippi, days after everyone else left.

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.

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