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Last week I joined my good friend Aaron Williams, Director of the Peace Corps, for a lively discussion on the importance of public service with several hundred Howard University students.

Since his inauguration, President Obama has emphasized interfaith cooperation and community service – as an important way to build understanding between different communities and contribute to the common good.

Rein in Spending, Ramp Up Service

John Bridgeland, The Huffington Post

“If AmeriCorps were eliminated, 100,000 jobs would disappear over night -- jobs that provide services and a social safety net to disadvantaged children, veterans, seniors and other vulnerable populations.”

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. Find previous entries here and here.

The Service News Digest will be a new feature on the Serve.Gov blog. Each week, we will showcase news highlights that feature national service.

Today President Obama is sending his Fiscal Year 2012 budget request to Congress, including proposed funding for the Corporation for National and Community Service and its programs. You can read the complete budget request now on our budget page.

5,750 is the official number of homeless men, women and children in Dallas. This year the buildingcommunityWORKSHOP honored Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s birthday, through an installation project advocating for a solution to the challenges our homeless citizens face every day. A series of small installations were assembled at a number of locations across the city. These aimed at calling attention to homelessness in Dallas and specifically at the divide between those who have and those who live without.

Last week, in the State of the Union, the President offered a plan for America to win the future. He challenged us to out-innovate, out-educate, and out-build our global competitors. The White House Council for Community Solutions will take on this challenge by encouraging the growth and maximizing the impact of innovative community-developed solutions related to youth development, education, and employment.

Throughout the month of January, mentoring organizations from across the country took part in National Mentoring Month by recruiting, honoring and celebrating new and established mentors and their mentees. While the month may have passed, mentoring is service that happens year-round.

Yesterday, five AmeriCorps alums received the most prestigious honor given to youth leaders by the United States Congress – the Congressional Gold Medal Award. This year, 250 were chosen as honorees and five were AmeriCorps NCCC alumni but of the 1,000 Bronze, Silver, and Gold medalists that are chosen each year more than 1,000 are affiliated with AmeriCorps.

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