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Honoring Our Veterans

by John S.

By CNCS Staff

National Service News Week In Review
From helping communities respond to and recover from natural and man-made disasters to mentoring students from traditionally underserved communities, veterans who serve in AmeriCorps and Senior Corps use the skills they honed during their military service to address pressing issues across the country.
This week, we highlighted the stories of veterans who are making contributions to the national service family every day. Also, we celebrated the opening of a new AmeriCorps NCCC campus.
Finding a New Niche: Through the AmeriCorps program, Chris Rodriguez (above right with AmeriCorps Director Bill Basl), a Marine Corps veteran, found another way to serve the country. As a construction volunteer lead and construction site coordinator with Habitat for Humanity Seattle–King County, Rodriguez combined his military training with his passion for helping others.
“There are so many ways to serve,” he said. “One is not better than the other. It’s all service.”
Visit our blog to learn more about his story.

Still Giving Back: More than 500 Senior Corps projects and 26,000 volunteers support veterans and military families. Senior Corps RSVP volunteer Sarah Styger (above right with Senior Corps Director Erwin Tan), a 90-year-old Navy veteran who served in WWII, has contributed to her community and the country in a variety of ways. Read more about her story in our blog.

A New Addition to the Family: This week, we welcomed a new AmeriCorps NCCC campus to the city of Baltimore. CNCS CEO Wendy Spencer and AmeriCorps NCCC Director José Phillips joined U.S. Sen. Barbara Mikulski and Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake in welcoming 180 AmeriCorps NCCC members and staff to the Atlantic Region’s newest training facility.
“I assure you that Baltimore will be proud of what future AmeriCorps NCCC teams accomplish in Maryland and other states as a result of the training they receive at this new campus,” Wendy said.
National Service in the News
AmeriCorps VISTA
Local Red Cross merges under leadership in Grand JunctionThe Durango Herald (CO), November 3, 2014The change went into effect at the beginning of November. The local Red Cross office in the 1900 block of Main Avenue will remain open, staffed primarily by an AmeriCorps VISTA member, one of several AmeriCorps VISTA participants who will be working with the Colorado Red Cross as part of the restructuring.
Senior Corps
First State Community honors Senior CompanionsCape Gazette (DE), November 3, 2014First State Community Action Agency held a luncheon for the agency’s Senior Companions on Oct. 22. The event was also a retirement celebration for First State’s Senior Companion Program Manager Gerry Horsey.
AmeriCorps
Oswego AmeriCorps members help homeless populationThe Oswego County Weeklies - Citizen Outlet (NY), November 4, 2014Due to the growing homeless population in Oswego County, the Oswego County Department of Social Services (DSS) has partnered with the Oswego City-County Youth Bureau, Oswego County Opportunities (OCO), and Catholic Charities to utilize AmeriCorps members under the Economic Opportunity Program to help provide homeless services for many at-risk individuals.
AmeriCorps NCCC
AmeriCorps NCCC HighlightVinton Today (IA), November 4, 2014Mike Daniel, from Rockwell, NC, is the team leader for Hickory 1 in AmeriCorps NCCC- FEMA Corps Class 21.
National Service Blog
Honoring Those Who ServeNationalservice.tumblr.com, November 1, 2014At the Corporation for National and Community Service, we are working with veterans in communities across the United States, tapping their unique skills and leadership abilities to tackle assignments ranging from disaster response and mentoring at-risk youth to building homes and helping returning soldiers adjust to civilian life.

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