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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.

Winthrop Students Collect Books, Read to Children
The Rock Hill Herald
, December 9, 2011

"They bring in large, traveling tents and set them up in rural areas," explained Matthew Sohner, AmeriCorps VISTA worker at Winthrop University. "People walk for miles to come in and spend the day reading books with the children, and they take books home. It's an opportunity to increase literacy in an area that really doesn't have a structured library available in every community." Read more >>

AmeriCorps Clearing Trails for Marine Education Center
WLOX-TV
, December 8, 2011

AmeriCorps workers are wrapping-up a trail making project in Ocean Springs. They've spent the past several weeks removing Katrina debris from the University of Southern Mississippi owned Cedar Point property. The AmeriCorps team helped create a series of trails in the woods adjacent to the Gulf Coast Research Lab's Cedar Point facilities. Read more >>

Reaffirming Our Commitment to National Service
The Hill, December 6, 2011

As the country struggles to get the economy moving forward and families and communities are seeking new and cost-effective ways to solve the problems they face, those participating in citizen service across the country are quietly rolling up their sleeves and bringing new ideas and new energy to solving the problems related to education, affordable housing, energy and much more. Read more >>

AmeriCorps Team Working to Make Iowa Greener
The Cedar Rapids Gazette
, December 7, 2011

The group's mission is to assist Iowans in developing a “green” consciousness through home energy audits, environmental education and community outreach. Members, who earn a stipend for their 10 months of service, have been involved in tree planting, highway cleanup, solar car modules, developing eco-crafts and educational discussions on recycling and reducing personal energy consumption. Read more >>

Group Deploys Aides for Military's Children
The Tampa Tribune, December 6, 2011

Sims is a volunteer with the Foster Grandparent Program, part of Seniors in Service of Tampa Bay Inc., a nonprofit organization that offers senior citizens a chance to serve as mentors.For nearly three decades, the Foster Grandparent Program has provided volunteers such as Sims to schools in Hillsborough and Pinellas counties with the largest concentration of poverty. Read more >>

Glory Mose's Military Service Helps her Connect with Veterans
The Ventura County Star, December 2, 2011

Glory Mose was a company commander for three platoons while serving as a registered nurse in the Army. Now the 67-year-old Oxnard resident volunteers at Oxnard Family Circle supporting local veterans through the Senior Companion Program. Read more >>

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