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For Anita, the Senior Corps Senior Companion program was a life saver. Ninety-year-old Guadalupe "Lupita" Trujillo has participated in Senior Companions through Christian Senior Services for several years. During her hours of service she saved the life of 86-year-old Anita Avalos.

Joining AmeriCorps was a way to tackle issues of educational inequality and poverty housing head-on. I joined to share my love of learning with at-risk students and help rebuild the Gulf Coast after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

The disaster in Japan brings many environmental questions to the forefront of public discussion. Is nuclear power a good alternative source of energy to fossil fuels? To what extent does human activity contribute to climate change, and how can we assess different viewpoints? When does human presence threaten the existence of key species, and how can we lessen our impact on fragile ecosystems?

The documentary Waiting for “Superman” started a national dialogue about our education system by showing how an excellent education for low-income children is often a matter of chance. But the film largely overlooked a vital force that is making a difference for millions of students today — volunteers.

Even Jack Bauer would have had a hard time cramming so much activity into a 24-hour period. Once Corporation for National and Community Service CEO Patrick A. Corvington touched down in Boston early on Wednesday, March 24, until it was time to head back to DC the next day, the action never stopped.

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.

Cesar Chavez (1927 – 1993) was an American farm worker, labor leader, and civil rights activist. His birthday, March 31st, is a state holiday in California and a number of other states and is also celebrated by many as a day to promote service to the community in honor of his life and work.

Women’s History Month is a time to recognize women in service who are leaders in their communities. This month, we’ve shared the stories of students – both young and old, of a Peace Corps volunteer, a live-saving Senior Companion, an AmeriCorps member, and of educators and volunteers.

For the first time in U.S. history, mothers are now the primary breadwinners or co-breadwinners in nearly two-thirds of American families, according to the October 2009 Shriver Report. Yet women are sometimes clustered in low-wage jobs with few opportunities to advance, and are just a fraction (often less than 3%) of workers in jobs that will drive economic recovery – including clean energy, advanced manufacturing, biotechnology, and infrastructure.

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.

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