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AmeriCorps on TV & Making Headlines

February 6, 2015

When was the last time you heard a TV character say, “I’m joining AmeriCorps”? In the past week, AmeriCorps reached TV screens while service and its alums and champions made headlines. Below, we highlight some of the most exciting ways service found a spotlight this week!

Melissa & Joey  Features AmeriCorps

Melissa and Joey and AmeriCorpsThe television show, Melissa and Joey made history when one of its main characters, Ryder, joined AmeriCorps. Ryder says, “I wanted to do something meaningful, I volunteered for AmeriCorps.” Read more and watch clips here on ServiceNation’s blog.

How did service find its way to TV? It’s part of efforts from the  Serve A Year campaign led by Service Nation to encourage all young people to serve a year. Click here to read more about this campaign and how AmeriCorps Alums supports it.

President’s Budget Aims for Record-High 2016 AmeriCorps Class

(Photo : Oliver Douliery/Getty Images)

(Photo : Oliver Douliery/Getty Images)

What was our favorite section of the President’s 2016 budget? A request for an almost 12% increase to the Corporation for National and Community Service’s (CNCS) current budget that would allow for a record-high 90,150 AmeriCorps members to serve in 2016.

CNCS CEO, Wendy Spencer shared on Twitter that the “budget would bolster the volunteer sector, expand service opportunities and invest in evidence-based solutions.” Click here to read more about the impact such funds could have on AmeriCorps.

Two AmeriCorps Champions Receive Top Service Awards

rachelleTwo AmeriCorps champions were honored for their service and impact this week. In Florida, Governor Rick Scott and Volunteer Florida awarded three volunteers with a Champion of Service Award. Among those awardees was Rachelle Duroseau, who serves as the Community Outreach and Engagement VISTA at the Children’s Home Society programs in Tampa Bay. You can read more about Rachelle’s service supporting  children who have suffered abuse and neglect and  providing at-risk families with resources here.

Photo Credit: Community Health Corps Blog

Photo Credit: Community Health Corps Blog

AmeriCorps alum, Martin Garibay Jr., a Community HealthCorps alum who served with the 2013-2014 Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic (YVFWC) team, received a Rising Star Award. Martin was honored for empowering patients and improving outcomes for them. As a Corps member, Martin helped save patients more than 1.2 million through the Prescription Assistance Program. Read more about Martin’s impact here.

Senator Thad Cochran’s Office Visits VISTA Site in Mississippi

Billy Canty with Sen. Thad Cochran's office and Joel Berg, executive director of the VISTA Anti-Hunger and Opportunity Corps, have a preliminary tour of the grounds at MEGA in Shelby Friday. Read more: The Bolivar Commercial - MEGA hosts VISTA Anti Hunger and Opportunity Corps. Photo Credit: The Bolivar Commercial

Billy Canty with Sen. Thad Cochran’s office and Joel Berg, ED of the VISTA Anti-Hunger and Opportunity Corps.
Photo Credit: The Bolivar Commercial

Does your Senator or Congressional Representative take time to visit AmeriCorps sites in your state & witness what service looks like on the ground?

We’re thankful service is one of the few issues that receives bipartisan support. Bill Canty of Senator Thad Cochran’s office visited one of four VISTA sites in Mississippi working to end poverty and hunger in rural areas. Click here to read more about the VISTAs serving in Missisippi to fight hunger and connect people to opportunities.

NonProfits Seek Pioneering Leaders

 

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Daniel Lee stands with the Pioneers. Photo courtesy of Levi Strauss Foundation.

The best way to increase your nonprofit’s impact may be to offer more training and networking opportunities for your leadership. An article on the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy Blog highlights the importance of investing in nonprofit leaders. Author Daniel Lee, shares “Investing in nonprofit leadership development is a high-yielding, high-leverage strategy that can further the goals of any foundation.” To test this theory, The Levi Strass Foundation created a five-year intiative called Pioneers in Justice. The initiative supported five social sector leaders in San Francisco.

Click here to read more about what these pioneering leaders could teach us about developing leaders that can make a lasting social impact.

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