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by Tess Hetzel

AmeriCorps ‘Champions of Change’ Deliver InspirationThe Huffington Post, August 16, 2012 Morgan Tracey knows a lot about the word "champion." She's from Champion, Ohio. She's training to be an Olympic champion in skeleton, a sledding event similar to the luge. And on Friday, she'll be named a White House Champion of Change for her outstanding record of community service. Read more >>

Back to School: Stopping the Summer SlideThe Washington Post (DC), August 16, 2012
In a 2010 interview on the “Today” show, President Obama addressed the summer slide calling for a longer school year saying, “students are losing far too much of what they learn during the school year during the summer.” Later, first lady Michelle Obama, launched United We Serve: “Let’s Read: Let’s Move,” an initiative to address summer learning loss. Read more >>

Braddock Mayor to Receive AmeriCorps Award
Pittsburgh Business Times (PA), August 15, 2012
Fetterman arrived in Braddock as an AmeriCorps volunteer and four years later became mayor. Read more>>

Job Training Fund Received $2 Million Federal Grant
Chief Learning Officer (MA), August 14, 2012
The National Fund for Workforce Solutions (NFWS), through its implementation partner, Jobs for the Future, has received an additional Social Innovation Fund (SIF) grant for $2 million, bringing the total to $9.7 million during the past two years. Read more >>

First FEMA Corps Volunteers Now In Mississippi
Mississippi Public Broadcasting (MS), August 13, 2012
More than 200 young adults are now training in Vicksburg to help respond to disasters. MPB's Jeffrey Hess reports the volunteers are part of a new program known as FEMA Corps. Read more>>

Boro Resident Helps in Hepatitis C Outbreak
Statesboro Herald (GA), August 13, 2012
Statesboro resident and AmeriCorps National Civilian Corps service member Dana Armel assisted a New Hampshire testing clinic for hepatitis C last week after syringes used to treat patients were intentionally contaminated. Read more >>

Fused Agencies Draw Volunteers
VIP Jackson Magazine (MS), August 13, 2012
The 220 public servants ages 18-24 were the first group of volunteers in a program that fuses two federal agencies - AmeriCorps' National Civilian Community Corps and the Federal Emergency Management Agency - to get young feet on the ground with disaster recovery. Read more >>

Clarke Schools Launch First-Ever Drive to Recruit Volunteers
Athens Banner-Herald (GA), August 10, 2012
Last school year, 17 volunteers put in thousands of hours at seven Clarke schools through the Foster Grandparent Program, a partnership with the Athens Community Council on Aging that places low-income volunteers in schools. The volunteers serve as mentors and tutors for children deemed at risk. For serving 15 to 40 hours each week, the volunteers, aged 55 or older, get a small stipend, insurance, meals, transportation, and training. Read more >>

Evaluation in Philanthropy: A Team Effort
The Huffington Post, August 9, 2012
GreenLight Fund, Capital Area United Way, The John A. Hartford Foundation, and Twin Cities Strive, in partnership with Greater Twin Cities United Way, were selected as recipients of the third round of federal Social Innovation Fund grants, joining the ranks of 16 more organizations previously selected to identify and support proven programs with the ability to transform lives in low-income communities across the country. Created in 2009 by the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act, the Social Innovation Fund leverages public and private dollars to address some of society's most pressing problems. Read more >>

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