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Virginia Becomes First State to Join Employers of National Service

January 27, 2015
AmeriCorps Alums Co-Executive Director with Governor McAuliffe

AmeriCorps Alums Co-Executive Director with Governor McAuliffe

Could your state get more done with more alums on staff? The state of Virginia plans to be the first to find out.

Today, Governor McAuliffe and First Lady Dorothy McAuliffe proclaimed the Commonwealth of Virginia would become the first state to join Employers of National Service. A new initiative to create recruitment, hiring, and advancement opportunities for national service alumni, Employers of National Service is gaining ground.

Over 150 companiesnonprofits, and public agencies have signed on. Governor McAuliffe shared this morning why Virginia is tapping into the national service talent pipeline.

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What Service Means for Native American Communities!

January 21, 2015

Philan Tree headshotToday’s guest blog comes to us from Philandrian (Philan) Tree who served with the Coconino Rural Environment Corps (now called Arizona Conservation Corps) in 2010-2011. She is currently a Tribal & Program Liaison for the Coconino County District 4 Supervisor.

Native American culture is known for its consistent civic engagement to provide for one’s community, whether it’s providing food or partaking in traditional ceremonies. Though these opportunities are now more difficult and costly to partake in during today’s reality due to remote locations, travel costs, and little to no access to basic everyday necessities, or inadequate funding for wrap-around service delivery, there are avenues that are complementary to our societies. I was able to experience this through Americorps. I served two terms as a mentor for Energy Efficiency Crews who provided Weatherization for the housing on the Navajo Nation. Read more…

Taking a “Day On” for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day!

January 20, 2015

From joining community conversations with hundreds of leaders to sorting Mardi Gras beads for a nonprofit whose sales proceeds help save dogs from kill shelters, AmeriCorps Alums chapters made #MLKDay2015 a “Day On.” Check out a few of the great ways AmeriCorps members and alums honored Dr. King’s legacy through service and community dialogues with their local AmeriCorps Alums chapter.

Sorting Beads and Saving Puppies

AmeriCorps Alums New Orleans’ chapter joined Save-An-Angel (a local dog rescue) for a “Mardi Gras Bead Sorting Pawty.” Bead sales help save dogs from kill shelters and the streets while also contributing to funds supporting canine lymphoma research.

AmeriCorps Alums New Orleans chapter poses for a picture earlier this year and has a "bead pawty" for #MLKDay2015

AmeriCorps Alums New Orleans chapter poses for a picture earlier this year and has a “bead pawty” for #MLKDay2015

Securing Safety First, Then Dessert

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Learn, Gather, Act: Celebrate #MLKDay2015!

January 15, 2015


Make January, 19th a day on, not a day off. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. first challenged us when he said, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’”

Get inspired this week to rise to the challenge. Learn more about Dr. King’s legacy and tell us how you’re carrying on his work during the King holiday. To make it easy to celebrate the holiday, we’ve rolled up great resources and tools from the web, Points of Light, and the Corporation for National and Community Service.

Here are a few ways to learn, gather, serve, and share how you’re celebrating #MLKDay2015.

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City of Philadelphia First to Award Civil Service Points for National Service

January 13, 2015

Did you serve? The City of Philadelphia Wants YOU!

Yesterday, City of Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter made the ground-breaking announcement that AmeriCorps alums and Returned Peace Corps volunteers will receive preferential scoring in their civil service applications for all city job openings. This announcement underscores the potential of service to launch careers and shape civil service leaders for the 21st century.

AmeriCorps Alums joined Philadelphia Mayor Michael A. Nutter, the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) CEO, Wendy Spencer, Peace Corps Director, Carrie Hessler-Radelet, and Greater Philadelphia employers for a historic moment in the Employers of National Service initiative. Announced by President Obama during the 20th anniversary of AmeriCorps, Employers of National Service, is a joint effort led by CNCS, AmeriCorps Alums, the Peace Corps, and the Franklin Project to create recruitment, hiring, and advancement opportunities for national service alumni.

The City of Philadelphia, a charter member of Employers of National Service, has become the first employer in the nation to award civil service points to AmeriCorps and Peace Corps alumni after they pass their civil service exam. Mayor Nutter shares in a press release that “the City of Philadelphia is truly a city that embraces national service. I am pleased to honor the work of AmeriCorps and Peace Corps members and alumni who provide such valuable service to our country.”

AmeriCorps Alums Co-Executive Director, Mary Bruce (left-center) with CNCS CEO, Wendy Spencer, Mayor Nutter,  and City of Philadelphia Employers

AmeriCorps Alums Co-Executive Director, Mary Bruce (left-center) with CNCS CEO, Wendy Spencer, Mayor Nutter, Peace Corps Director, Carrie Hessler-Radeletand, and City of Philadelphia Employers

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Think Big. Dig Deep. Make Change.

January 8, 2015

Mona with 20 tagToday’s guest blog comes to us from Mona Mowafi who recently received an AmeriCorps Alums National Leadership Award for her commitment to a lifetime of service. Mona began serving in 1999 as an AmeriCorps Health Educator with the Latin American Youth Center in Washington D.C. She is now the Co-Founder and President of RISE Egypt, an organization mobilizing the global Egyptian diaspora and its networks to invest in social entrepreneurship for development in Egypt. This blog is the sixth blog in our International Careers Series sponsored by IPSL that profiles leading alumni of AmeriCorps working in international and intercultural careers.

Think Big. Dig Deep. Make Change.

This motto defines our outlook in RISE Egypt, an organization that I co-founded and lead that connects Egyptian social entrepreneurs to a global ecosystem of support to enable, catalyze and scale development in Egypt.

It defines how we envision a more expansive tomorrow and work towards it. As I look back on the past 15 years since I graduated college and served in AmeriCorps, I realize that it has also served as an inner mantra for many years.

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RISE Fellows bond after orientation and deep dives in Dec 2014 (Ain Al Sokhna, Egypt)

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15 Videos To Inspire Service in 2015

January 1, 2015

Making a list of New Year’s resolutions? Here are 15 videos to inspire you to add service to your list!

1. President Obama proclaims, “People who love their country can change it. That’s the genius of America!” Relive one of the best moment from the 20th anniversary of AmeriCorps.

2. PBS NewsHour interviews President Bill Clinton and AmeriCorps Alums National Leadership Award Winner Matthew Little about the impact of AmeriCorps.

3. General McChrystal shares a big idea: What would happen if all Americans have an opportunity and an expectation to serve?

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