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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.

Four Michigan Red Cross Volunteers Head to North Carolina

By Laura Misjak

Lansing State Journal, April 18, 2011

Chelsea Ridenour and Azra Salihovic, both AmeriCorps members, will assist those in shelters whose homes were destroyed or damaged by the tornadoes. Read more>>

City of Trenton Receives National Community Service Award

By Denise Wilson

Middletown Journal, April 18, 2011

The City of Trenton has been recognized by a U.S. Senator for making a difference in the community. Read more>>

Elizabeth City Program Gives High School Dropouts New Hope, Chance to Become Graduates


By Kristin Pitts

The Daily Advance, April 16, 2011

In some ways, the commencement ceremony for River City YouthBuild was just like any other. Graduates wore caps and gowns. Proud families snapped photos. Young children fidgeted restlessly. But that's about where the similarities stopped. After all, this wasn't a typical graduation ceremony. This was a second chance.

Unique Fund Helps Government Work

By Milton Little and Alicia Philipp

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, April 15, 2011

By developing a new role for government as a catalyst for public-private partnerships, the SIF enables investment in proven solutions, harnessing the expertise and resources of the private and philanthropic sectors. This allows both sectors to collaborate in solving seemingly intractable problems in a manner that can be replicated in communities across the country. Read more>>

AmeriCorps Reaches Out to Deaf Children and Families

By Aubrey Ashbaugh

Ciabola Beacon, April 14, 2011

AmeriCorps, a service program for the people, has heard the cries of the deaf and the families struggling to understand them. Beginning last October, Americorps has sent out their Native Sign Language speaking members to schools and families in Grants, Pinehill, and Thoreau areas to assist in helping families, teachers, and school staff learn sign language for children who are deaf. Read more>>

Foster Grandparent Program Helps Both Young and Old

By Kristine Wadsworth

Davis County Clipper, April 14, 2011

The Foster Grandparent Program of Northern Utah provides one-on-one tutoring help to children in elementary schools. Included in the Northern Utah region are Davis, Weber, Morgan, Box Elder and Cache counties. According to Charity Moon, the Foster Grandparent Program Director, last year there were 2,100 students benefiting from the help of a foster grandparent. Currently 54 schools in the northern Utah district have a foster grandparent in them. Read more>>

Back to School: Seniors Help Struggling Students

By Norman Draper

The Minneapolis Star-Press, April 13, 2011

It wouldn't be completely accurate to call them "volunteers" or "retirees", but a growing number of Minnesota seniors who have left the workforce are giving back by going back to school. They are members of the Minnesota Reading Corps and Minnesota Math Corps, serving in preschools and elementary and middle schools throughout the state, tutoring one-on-one or in small groups with children who are having difficulty mastering their reading or math skills. Read more>>

‘Hero Packs’ Made by Potsdam Youth Will Help Kids Connect With Military Parents On Deployment

North Country Now, April 13, 2011

A local AmeriCorps volunteer with the American Red Cross of Northern New York will join with a Potsdam High School civics and government teacher to run a support project for kids with military parents during AmeriCorps week May 14 through 21. Read more>>

SD Designates Community Service Commission

The Associated Press, April 12, 2011

Officials say the state commission will help coordinate and expand volunteer efforts in the state. Patrick Corvington with the Corporation for National and Community Service in Washington, D.C., tells KCCR radio that the commission opens up federal money for South Dakota nonprofits.

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