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Service News Digest: CNCS In the News

by Kate Enos

Courtney Washburn Talks About AmeriCorps

The Knoxville News Sentinel, April 27, 2011

Video of AmeriCorps member in Tennessee encourages others to take a gap year and join AmeriCorps. Read more >>

City Year's Mentors Show Up for Truants at Bronx Public Schools

Jennifer H. Cunningham

The New York Daily News, April 26, 2011

Amani is among a growing number of public school children who have been coaxed back into attending school regularly through the work of nonprofit City Year and its "success mentors." The 12 mentors at Amani's school - Public School 75 in Hunts Point - are part of the Mayor's Task Force on Truancy and Chronic Absenteeism. The mentors focus on the entire school as well as the 150 kids at the school on the mayor's attendance focus list, like Amani. Read more >>

Habitat for Humanity’s Women Build to Make a Mother’s Day Dream Come True

Holly Boldrin

Sanibel-Captiva Islander, April 25, 2011

Teaming up to make a Mother’s Day dream come true for a local single mom and her two young sons, sponsors participating in Habitat for Humanity’s Women Build program will renovate a home in Cape Coral. Read more >>

Guest Column: Join the Celebration of Volunteerism

Michelle Nunn, Judith Smith

The Florida Times-Union, April 22, 2011

While those before him had promoted national volunteerism programs, the first President Bush created a turning point with the National and Community Service Act of 1990, the first piece of federal national service legislation in almost 20 years. The act established the Commission on National and Community service, the foundation on which President Bill Clinton grew AmeriCorps, President George W. Bush extended the USA Freedom Corps and President Barack Obama signed the historic Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act, heralding the next phase in voluntary action. Read more >>

AmeriCorps Volunteer Teaches Children to Care About Wildlife

Dina Samfield

Nashoba Publishing, April 22, 2011

Gaynor Bigelbach decided to volunteer for AmeriCorps last fall after she read the Nashua River Watershed Association's advertisement for a service-learning coordinator. Read more >>

Green Iowa AmeriCorps Aids in Weatherization

Kurt Ullrich

The Telegraph Herald, April 22, 2011

Green Iowa AmeriCorps has teamed up with Four Mounds Energy Center to provide weatherization assistance to any homeowner or landlord who requests it. In addition, it offers information on energy education, as well as programs on going green. Read more >>

Foster grandparent program provides 'win-win' situation

Sara Higgins

Midland Reporter-Telegram, April 19, 2011

"It's a win for foster grandparent volunteers and win for the kids, and it's also a win for the teachers, schools and education community," he said. "As class sizes increase, it's all the more reason you'd want a better ratio of adults to children." Read more >>

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.

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