The Service News Digest is a regular feature on the Serve.gov blog. In this series, we showcase articles 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.
Victims of Sandy count on ‘angels'
North Jersey.com (New Jersey), Jan. 30, 2013
The project got a boost when about two dozen young AmeriCorps volunteers from California yanked out old boards and insulation from dozens of trailers this month, allowing builders to install new fiberglass insulation before the recent bitter cold. Read more >>
The New York Times (China edition), Jan. 29, 2013
Teach for America, the 22-year-old nonprofit organization that recruits high-achieving college graduates to teach in some of the nation's poorest schools for two years, in particular has garnered renewed interest among the business-oriented set. Teach for America says that its 2012 class contained about 400 recent graduates with a major in business or economics. Of those with professional experience, about 175 worked in finance. Read more >>
Workers, volunteer repair aging houses in Oklahoma City
The Oklahoman (Oklahoma), Jan. 28, 2013
When Eunice Russell first saw the pale pink house with its hot pink garage, she fell in love. But in the 17 years since she moved in, the house on NE 14 has aged, and love alone won't paint the walls. ...
Russell's house was one of 10 projects near Interstate 35 between NE 23 and NE 10 renovated by 65 members of CapacityCorps, a national program that stations young workers at Rebuilding Together chapters across the country. Rebuilding Together is a nonprofit that renovates homes for senior citizens. Read more >>
Dropouts build house for low-income, first-time homebuyers
La Presna (Texas), Jan. 27, 2013
Sixty former high-school dropouts, who are now AmeriCorps members of SA Youth's YouthBuild program, spent the past 17 months hammering, drilling and sawing to construct one of their biggest outdoor projects – a 1,216-square-foot, 3-bedroom, 2-bath house complete with energy-efficient features at 227 Jemison St. on the city's East side. Read more >>
SU program grant to fight childhood obesity
NV Daily (Virginia), Jan. 30, 2013
Shenandoah University's AmeriCorps Volunteers in Service to America program recently received a $1,000 grant from United Healthcare to implement a "Hiking Your Way to Healthy Living" program. … The college's program was one of three Virginia youth-led projects to receive grants addressing childhood obesity. Read more >>
A Day in the Life: Senior and companion- two for the road
Arizona Daily Sun (Arizona), Jan. 28, 2013
The Senior Corps program is funded through a federal agency, the Corporation for National and Community Service -- sort of like AmeriCorps, but for seniors. Read more >>
Volunteers find many ways to help veterans
Times-Standard (California), Jan. 29, 2013
Once the van arrives in Bandon, Ray Colby either transfers the veterans to another van or makes the drive himself, shuttling the veterans to the Roseburg Veterans Medical Facility. When all appointments have been completed, Colby reverses his route and safely delivers the veterans back to their homes. This round-trip journey makes for a 12-hour day. Colby has been navigating this route for 15 years and has logged more than 10,000 hours of driving time. Colby is an RSVP volunteer. Read more >>