[Community-service] {Disarmed} Fwd: See Us on the Today Show?

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> From: "National Service Press Office" <pressoffice at delivery.nationalservice.gov>
> Date: October 18, 2013 at 10:01:09 AM PDT
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> Subject: See Us on the Today Show?
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> Dear Colleagues and Communicators,
> We didn't have the opportunity to share news with you over the past few weeks, so let's catch up on how national service members have continued to make a positive difference. Two recent stories featured on national television demonstrate the ongoing impact of national service:
> As part of NBC News' Education Nation initiative, the "Today Show" joined a group of Senior Corps volunteers as they mentored students and helped reinforce academic concepts. One Foster Grandparent, 104-year-old Virginia McLaurin (below), talked about the importance of helping children learn both traditional topics like math and reading, as well as social graces like courtesy and respect.
> The effects of Hurricane Sandy are still being felt -- and our service members are still working to help communities recover. The "Queen Latifah Show" featured a group of AmeriCorps members (below) who joined CEO Wendy Spencer, KaBoom!, and the Dr Pepper Snapple Group to rebuild a destroyed playground for the students of Boyd Elementary in Seaside Heights, NJ.
> Read on for more recent clips, and enjoy your weekend!
> The External Affairs Team
> National Service in the News
> AmeriCorps
> A turn to tech
> Boston Globe (MA), October 6, 2013
> Ellen Daoust graduated from Smith College in 2009 with a degree in government and Spanish and an interest in communications, but no real idea of how to turn that into a career.  But after three years in the national service program AmeriCorps, where she worked with video while involved in community and youth development, Daoust landed a job as a multimedia developer at the Boston Museum of Science.  Daoust is an example of how job seekers can build on existing skills to launch careers in fast-growing and well-paying fields, such as technology.
> AmeriCorps VISTA
> Scholarships to benefit Cedar City soldiers, families
> The Spectrum/Gannett (UT), October 11, 2013
> A local group of Volunteers in Service to America, part of the AmeriCorps network of federal programs, has completed a fundraising effort to provide scholarship assistance at Southwest Applied Technology College for local soldiers and their families.  Michele Nicks, who serves as a VISTA volunteer at SWATC, said VISTA members worked with the community on a project that brought in more than $3,000 from more than 50 local donors to be allocated for the scholarships to SWATC. The funds collected will provide six $500 scholarships.
> AmeriCorps NCCC
> Mokena woman credits national volunteer program for personal growth
> Southtown Star/Chicago Sun-Times (IL), October 3, 2013
> Carolyn Windberg, 23, wasn’t sure how she wanted to use her religion and Spanish degree.  Windberg decided that volunteer work would be a good choice. She found the right fit with the AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps and became part of a 10-person disaster response team based in Sacramento, Calif.  The AmeriCorps NCCC is a national service full-time program for people 18 to 24 who provide volunteer help where needed across the country.
> Senior Corps
> Retired Senior Volunteers Program more valuable than ever
> Republican & Herald (PA), October 8, 2013
> Schuylkill County's Retired Senior Volunteer Program will celebrate its 30th anniversary in 2014, and with recent cuts in federal funding, the program's role in the community has never been more important.  Sponsored through the Office of Senior Services, the program recruits volunteers age 55 and older for a variety of volunteer needs throughout the county.
> AmeriCorps volunteer, retirees offer aid to the homeless
> News and Sentinel/The Marietta Times (WV), October 1, 2013
> The end of the month is often a crucial time for many people in the community.  However, for people on fixed incomes, the homeless or a person whose resources have run out, it’s important to have a little help.  An AmeriCorps [member], Caitlin Harville, 22, of Dayton, is working with the local Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) and will work on the homelessness issue while she is here for the next year.
> National Service Blog
> American Graduate Event Highlights Service-Education Connection
> Serve.gov, September 30, 2013
> On Saturday, PBS stations across the country aired programming to highlight solutions to the nation’s high school dropout crisis during the second American Graduate Day. The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) joined our partners at the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and WNET in New York in support of the effort. The seven-hour special highlighted community partners, educators, and celebrities involved in education and youth intervention programs to help keep at-risk students in school. In addition to transforming communities in need, service opportunities change the lives of the AmeriCorps members themselves, said Director of AmeriCorps Bill Basl.
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