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President Obama Announces New Initiative: Employers of Service

September 12, 2014

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For Immediate Release September 12, 2014
Contact: Maria Caruso

President Obama Announces New Initiative: Employers of National Service

An effort that recognizes that AmeriCorps and Peace Corps alumni

bring great skills and experience to the workplace

Atlanta, GA – As part of the 20th anniversary of AmeriCorps commemoration at the White House, President Obama announced Employers of Service, a new cross-sector partnership that encourages employers to create recruitment, hiring, and advancement opportunities for alumni of AmeriCorps and Peace Corps. AmeriCorps Alums has worked with the Corporation for National and Community Service, a federal agency that administers AmeriCorps, and its partners, the Peace Corps and the Franklin Project of the Aspen Institute to launch this initiative.

The first group of Employers of National Service includes leading employers from private, public, and nonprofit sectors. Together, these companies and organizations will work to create recruitment, hiring, and advancement opportunities for individuals who served in AmeriCorps or the Peace Corps. AmeriCorps Alums Co-Executive Director Mary Bruce says, “Public, private, and nonprofit recruiters tell us time and again that AmeriCorps alumni are just what they’re looking for: proven, dedicated, results-oriented leaders … the best of America. Employers of National Service is a critical step to connect those who have served our country through national service to organizations seeking top talent.”

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Made in AmeriCorps

September 12, 2014

Mary Bruce and Ben Duda, AmeriCorps Alums Co-Executive Directors

Today’s post is by AmeriCorps Alums Co-Executive Directors,  Mary Bruce and Ben Duda, and originally appeared on Huffington Post on September 12, 2014.  

Do you know any ruthless optimists? You know, the friends who just won’t take no for an answer and instead organize the best food drive you’ve ever seen? Know any rugged idealists, who can make a fundraiser out of nothing in no time to support disaster relief efforts? It’s always more than just “something,” it’s fabulous, and the local paper features them as “everyday heroes” because they made it look so easy.

If you know folks like these, you probably know humble, hard-working AmeriCorps Alums.

Today, at the White House and in all 50 states, the nation will celebrate the 20th anniversary of AmeriCorps. Since 1994, nearly 900,000 individuals have joined AmeriCorps, providing more than 1.2 billion hours of service that’s done what it was designed to do: “make our people safer, smarter, and healthier.”

AmeriCorps members don’t take the easy road. We break tradition, and our parents’ expectations, by taking a year on (it’s not a year off). We serve, even if it’s not the cool thing to do. We serve when it’s hard – probably because it’s hard.

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Reflections on 9/11: Faced With Adversity, I Will Persevere

September 11, 2014

Roger WongToday’s guest blog is from Roger Wong and originally appeared on the Huffington Post Blog on September, 8, 2014The original post is part of a series produced by The Huffington Post and The Franklin Project at the Aspen Institute, in conjunction with both 9/11 (designated a national day of service & remembrance) and the 20th anniversary of AmeriCorps (9/12). Roger Wong is currently Global Philanthropy Manager at eBay. He served two years with AmeriCorps through the Massachusetts Promise Fellowship, first at Social Capital Inc., (2003-2004) then at Boston Cares (2004-2005). On September 8, 2014, he was named one of AmeriCorps Alums 20th Anniversary Leadership Award Winners.

It’s impossible to forget the moment when I realized finding myself was less about finding a career, and actually about discovering my purpose. For me, that moment was on September 11, 2001 when I saw my friend brutally murdered as her plane slammed into the World Trade Center. I was angry, confused, and sad. I had questions. How was this possible? What could I do? I was looking for a way to respond to this tragedy that rattled our nation and our world. So, faced with apathy, I took action.

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AmeriCorps Alums Thanks Our National Service Corporate Champions

September 9, 2014

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For Immediate Release: September 9, 2014
Contact: Maria Caruso

AmeriCorps Alums Thanks Our National Service Corporate Champions


Champions_badgeATLANTA, September 2014 — As part of AmeriCorps Alums’ 20th anniversary of AmeriCorps celebration, AmeriCorps Alums – a Points of Light enterprise – today is thanking 25 AmeriCorps Alums’ National Service Corporate Champions. These champions have demonstrated outstanding commitment to national service in one or more of these areas: thought leadership, investment in national service programs, and/or hiring and mentoring alums. AmeriCorps Alums, with Points of Light, thanks champions for being catalysts driving the powerful idea that service changes lives.

Our Corporate Champions include 2U, Aramark, AT&T, Bank of America, Capital One, Cisco, Citi Foundation, Civic Enterprises, Cognizant, Comcast/NBC Universal, CSX, Delaware North, Deloitte, Fidelity Investments, Gap Inc., Google, IBM, Microsoft, Pearson, sagawa / jospin, The Sheridan Group, State Farm, Target, UPS, and Wells Fargo.



About AmeriCorps Alums
AmeriCorps Alums is a community of engaged citizens and civic leaders that gets things done for America. An enterprise of Points of Light, AmeriCorps Alums is the only national network that connects the nearly 1 million alumni of all AmeriCorps programs (including an estimated 80,000 new alumni each year) to the people, ideas and resources that support their commitment to a lifetime of service. AmeriCorps alumni are predominantly between the ages of 21 – 35, more racially diverse than the U.S. population, and over 60 percent female. For more information, please visit and connect with us on Facebook and Twitter.

About Points of Light
Points of Light, the largest organization in the world dedicated to volunteer service, is home to AmeriCorps Alums. Points of Light mobilizes millions of people to take action that is changing the world. For more, visit

AmeriCorps Alums Announces 20 National Leadership Award Winners

September 8, 2014

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For Immediate Release: September 8, 2014
Contact: Maria Caruso

20 FOR 20: AmeriCorps Alums Celebrates 20 Years of Alumni Success by
Naming 20 National Leadership Award Winners


ATLANTA, September 2014 — To commemorate the 20th anniversary of AmeriCorps, AmeriCorps Alums – a Points of Light enterprise – today announced 20 winners of its National Leadership Awards, all of whom exemplify a commitment to a lifetime of service. The 20th anniversary celebrations honor the nearly 1 million AmeriCorps alumni represented by AmeriCorps Alums.

Building on their experiences as AmeriCorps members, these award winners continue to work to solve community problems in areas including economic development, state governance, educational opportunity, social entrepreneurism, food justice, health care, corporate social responsibility, global philanthropy, youth empowerment, veteran services, arts engagement, disaster services and international development. For a full list of award winners, see below or click here.

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Are You an “Ameri-lifer?” Meet Reading Partners’ AmeriCorps Alumni All-Stars!

September 5, 2014

Today’s guest post comes from Sarah Delaney-Busch and Reading Partners, one of AmeriCorps Alums 70+ 20th anniversary of AmeriCorps partners. The post originally appeared as “AmeriCorps Turns 20″ on the Reading Partners blog on September 1, 2014. Sarah Delaney-Busch serves as Reading Partners’ Communications Infrastructure Architect.


Twenty years ago president Bill Clinton signed the National and Community Service Trust Act of 1993, which established AmeriCorps and the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS). Today, CNCS serves millions of Americans through its core programs (AmeriCorps, Senior Corps, and the Social Innovation Fund) and provides opportunities for individuals to give back to their communities.

As AmeriCorps marks 20 years of service, CNCS is calling on YOU to show your support bycommitting to get things done. Whether you’re an AmeriCorps alum, current member, relative, fan, or friend — you can show the world the power of service. In addition, Americorps communities across the country will gather together on September 12 to recommit to the Americorps pledge. In all 50 states the pledge will ring, “I will get things done for America – to make our people safer, smarter, and healthier…”

Here is a look at some noteworthy Americorps members who have served with Reading Partners throughout the years:

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AmeriCorps Alums: Still Serving Even When No One Counts the Hours

August 29, 2014

Today marks the last #Iamthe20th  guest blog celebrating alums who shared stories on as part our mission to discover and honor AmeriCorps alumni leaders. We will soon be sharing 20 National Leadership Award winners with you! With this last blog in our series, we feature one new story and highlight a few of the amazing alums to whom we are grateful for sharing their stories throughout our series. Are you inspired to share your story on our blog, learn how!

 Melissa Strapec

Melissa StrapecWhy did you share a story on

I shared because I want alums to continue to connect, and I want those who are considering serving with AmeriCorps to jump in fully committed and do it! AmeriCorps changed my life, and it can change yours, too!


Where did you serve, and where are you now?

THEN: Michigan Campus Compact (MiCC) AmeriCorps*VISTA (2009-2010), MiCC AmeriCorps*VISTA Leader (2010-2011)

NOW: Michigan Campus Compact Associate Director


Describe how you were #MadeInAmeriCorps in 6 words.

Opened doors and changed my life!


Below, we recap some of the best pictures and quotes from our #Iamthe20th Blog Series! Click on an alum’s picture to read the full story.

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