What an amazing week for national service! From the White House to West Virginia, service was in the spotlight.
On Monday, President Obama welcomed President George H.W. Bush to the White House to celebrate his lifetime of public service and leadership in volunteerism. The President announced a new National Service Task Force to identify additional ways that the public and private sectors can partner to support national service and volunteering. This task force is a huge vote of confidence in our mission, and provides a unique opportunity to expand service opportunities in America.
On Wednesday, we announced of the first round of School Turnaround AmeriCorps grants. These grants will bring 650 new AmeriCorps members into some of our lowest-performing schools this fall, where they will work to boost student academic achievement, attendance, and high school graduation rates. This partnership between CNCS and the Department of Education is a perfect example of the kind of collaboration the new task force is seeking to expand.
Today, CNCS CEO Wendy Spencer is in West Virginia for a truly extraordinary service project. In conjunction with the Citizens Conservation Corps of West Virginia and the National Boy Scout Jamboree, more than 40,000 volunteers are carrying out 350 service projects across nine southern West Virginia counties this week. National service is playing a key organizing role – with 14 AmeriCorps NCCC teams, other AmeriCorps and AmeriCorps VISTA programs, and RSVP all pitching in. It’s a shining example of how service gets things done and brings people together.
During the Task Force announcement, we shared a custom badge at the national service Facebook page (Facebook.com/NationalService).
Do you believe service works??
Take a minute to visit the page and share the badge with your friends on Facebook, Twitter, and elsewhere. Don't forget to use the hashtag #serviceworks in your posts and updates.
Have an outstanding weekend.