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Over the past few weeks, a series of devastating tornadoes swept across the country. From Mississippi to Virginia, communities are suffering great losses. The Corporation for National and Community Service’s (CNCS) Disaster Services Unit rapidly mobilized thousands of volunteers to assist local recovery efforts.

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.

The last few months have seen a deadly and historic series of tornadoes tear through much of the Southern and Midwestern U.S.

Whether natural or man-made, disasters cause loss of life, environmental damage, and exacerbate social and economic problems. CNCS maintains a sustained commitment to disaster services through the Disaster Services Unit, which coordinates the agency’s disaster related activities.

Every year in the U.S., disasters turn lives upside down. Whether natural or man-made, disasters cause loss of life, environmental damage, and exacerbate social and economic problems. CNCS maintains a sustained commitment to disaster services through the Disaster Services Unit, which coordinates the agency’s disaster related activities. This Wordless Wednesday takes a look at these work and lives of these volunteers.

A few weeks ago, the Corporation for National and Community Service joined First Lady Michelle Obama, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, Members of Congress and their spouses for a day filled with strenuous and physically hard, yet rewarding work.

In recent days, the scale and magnitude of the tsunami and earthquake in Japan have emerged through video footage connecting us to the horrific details and aching loss in the aftermath of one of nature’s most violent furies. Early video showed a wall of water sweeping away everything in its path--vehicles, buildings, even fires were escorted by the force of the water.

The captivating power of instant communications, whether it’s Facebook, Twitter, or the 24-hour news cycle, creates the illusion that we are more “plugged in” than we really are. Jolting images of events taking place around the world awaken our sense of compassion and desire for justice. We wish there was something we could do.

The supermoon wasn’t the only unusual sight to grace Washington D.C. this past week. Monday saw an occurrence just as rare – the meeting of all four living past presidents. President Jimmy Carter, President Bill Clinton, and President George W. Bush came together as part of a tribute to President George H. W. Bush for his commitment to national service and volunteering. President Obama, who was in Latin America at the time, participated in the tribute via a video message.

Wordless Wednesday is a weekly feature on Serve.Gov that shines the spotlight on spectacular projects and organizations by telling their story through photos alone. With Sunday March 20th marking the first official day of spring, this week's post includes photos from gardening and landscaping projects from around the country.

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