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by Tess Hetzel

AmeriCorps Project Will Help New Community College Student Succeed
The Cleveland Plain Dealer,
August 2, 2012
The 22 men and women, members of a new AmeriCorps program, will serve as "college completion coaches" at 10 community college campuses in Ohio, including Cuyahoga Community College and Lakeland Community College. Read more >>

Skilled Volunteers and Mentors Helping Improve Student Performance
The White House, August 1, 2012
First, for us, it's AmeriCorps. Through AmeriCorps, we have over 200 full-time recent college graduates who are working long hours in schools with kids. Read more >>

How Generous Are Baby Boomers?
Next Avenue - PBS, August 1, 2012
About 22 million boomers — 28.8 percent of the generation — volunteered in 2010. In 2003, roughly a third of boomers (33.5 percent) volunteered, according to the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS). Read more >>

Man Runs Across Nation For Fundraiser, Stops in Twin Falls
KMVT-TV, August 1, 2012
Hamblock met Chris and Megan during his AmeriCorps experience in 2009. Read more >>

Summer Enrichment Series Engages Bodies and Minds Of Children
DC Examiner, August 1, 2012
Preschool and elementary age students from schools and centers in the Washington D.C. metropolitan area attended the Let's Read! Let's Move! Summer enrichment event on July 25 at the U.S. Department of Education headquarters building. Read more>>

National Service: An Imperative in Today's Economy
Huffington Post, July 31, 2012
Nevertheless, despite the overwhelming evidence that national service is integral to the health and strength of the American economy, the House Appropriations Committee voted last week to cut funding for national service programs through the Corporation for National and Community Service by 74 percent, eliminating AmeriCorps, the Volunteer Generation Fund, VISTA, the National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC), and the Social Innovation Fund. Read more >>

Rediscovering a Town's Roots, Feet First
The New York Times, July 31, 2012
Through the AmeriCorps program, Mr. Milnes hired Becky Hill, 23, an alumna of Davis & Elkins, and with money from a Kickstarter fund and some small state grants, the two traveled along Route 33, which runs east to west across the state, interviewing the oldest square dance callers they could find, documenting their dance styles and histories. Read more >>

The Social Innovation Fund Adds Four New Intermediaries to Its Portfolio
The White House, July 30, 2012
After its completion, the President directed the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) to launch a cornerstone initiative of the new law, the Social Innovation Fund (SIF). Read more >>

Duluth Sail & Power Squadron Offers Boat Trip For Kids Waiting for Mentors
Duluth News Tribute (WI), July 29, 2012
Rebecca Haavik, an AmeriCorps member who has been working with the program for the past year, said it matches adult volunteers with children from single-parent families. Read more >>

Lewiston Clinic to Open Doors to Veteran Advocates
Lewiston-Auburn Sun Journal (ME), July 29, 2012
"Veterans need all the help they can get," said Jerry DeWitt, a VISTA volunteer and veteran who lobbied to bring the VA's new community-based outreach clinic to Lewiston. Read more >>

Olympic Torchbearer Hopes To Share The Inspiration
Ledger-Sentinel, July 26, 2012
He worked with the Volunteers in Service to America (now called AmeriCorps) when he graduated from college, serving two years on an Indian reservation in Utah. More recently he has volunteered and served on the resource counsel with Big Brothers Big Sisters for 12 years since he moved to Kendall County in 2000. Read more >>

CAUW Gets Two-Year Grant
Baton Rouge Advocate (LA), August 1, 2012
The federal Corporation for National and Community Service awarded the grant from its Social Innovation Fund, which is designed to put public and private money together to help grow community-based programs that improve the lives of people in low-income communities, according to the corporation's website. Read more>>

Social Innovation Fund Awards $42 Million
The Chronicle of Philanthropy, July 31, 2012
The Social Innovation Fund, a federal program designed to help nonprofits expand effective programs, has awarded more than $42-million to 11 groups in its third round of annual grants, the Corporation for National and Community Service announced today. Read more >>

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