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Service News Digest: CNCS In the News

by Kate Enos

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.

Volunteer Pay Goes Beyond Riches
The Reno Gazette-Journal
, February 6, 2012

RSVP director of volunteer programs Scott Trevithick said Burns “is a terrific example of the many great people who volunteer in all capacities and he is definitely making a difference in those students' lives. RSVP has a wide variety of volunteer opportunities, ranging from assisting senior centers to the Seniors Auxiliary Volunteer Effort (SAVE) program with the Reno Police Department. And the rewards are plentiful.” Read more >>

Retirees Teach, Learn from Immigrants
The Denver Post
, February 5, 2012

Through Spring Institute for Intercultural Learning's Project SHINE program, they became AmeriCorps volunteers last fall and now teach health literacy to older adults from Bhutan and Burma. Read more >>

Why Volunteer Programs like City Year, the Peace Corps and Teach for America Reward Children
The Root
, February 3, 2012

Young people today want to give back in real and significant ways and more than ever are choosing a year of service as their way to make an impact. In fact, the number of applications to many service programs has skyrocketed in the last few years. AmeriCorps applications grew from 91,399 in 2008 to 258,829 in 2010 and applications to City Year nearly tripled from 3,500 in 2008 to 9,200 in 2011. Read more >>

AmeriCorps Expands Senior's Horizons
The Plattsburgh Press Republican
, February 1, 2012

Through AmeriCorps' host site at Literacy Volunteers, she teaches ESL and assists with the citizenship class. She also teaches basic literacy at the Chazy and Champlain libraries twice a week to extend the organization's outreach to the Northern Tier. Trained online, she also assists in the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program, which teaches computer literacy, primarily to seniors. Read more >>

New Workforce Program In Downtown Tulsa
KTUL-TV
, February 1, 2012

Tulsa Mayor Dewey Bartlett took part Wednesday in the grand opening of the Transportation Connections WorkAdvance Program. It is a new workforce program that will prepare low-income individuals to be successful in launching their careers in the transportation, aviation and aerospace industries. Read more >>

Mike Pound: Politicians United on Value of AmeriCorps
The Joplin Globe
, January 31, 2012

It's hard to overstate what a great program AmeriCorps has turned out to be. Sure, in 1993, when President Bill Clinton signed the National and Community Service Trust Act, not everyone thought it was such a good idea. Read more >>

The Man Who Bailed Out MLK
The Root
, January 30, 2012

Let it never be said that James "Alley Pat" Patrick was one of your run-of-the-mill do-gooders. At least, don't say it in the legendary disc jockey's presence. Patrick, who has been tabbed by the White House as one of more than 1,000 recipients of the Martin Luther King Drum Majors for Service Awards, cultivates an image of disreputability the way some politicians cling to sanctimony and jingoism. Read more >>

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