• CPS - CNCS

    Corporation for National and Community Service

    The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) based in Washington, D.C. is the federal agency that leads President Obama’s national call to service initiative. It is their goal to engage Americans of all ages and backgrounds in community service. On average, more than 1.5 million Americans volunteer through CNCS each year. CNCS operates a number of different programs to aid the community. Their three major programs are Senior Corps, AmeriCorps, and Learn and Serve America.

    The Senior Corps works to utilize the experience and skills of Americans over the age of 55 by funding and supporting special programs designed to serve the community. Programs like Foster Grandparents and the Senior Companion Program connect seniors with children and adults with special needs. Senior Corps also hosts the RSVP Database, which offers “one stop shopping” for seniors looking for meaningful and challenging volunteer opportunities.

    AmeriCorps is a program in which committed volunteers travel, live, and work in the most distressed parts of the country. There are over 70,00 members of AmeriCorps that assist more than 3,000 nonprofits, public agencies, and other community organizations. The AmeriCorps State and National program funds a number of service programs and recruits, trains, and places AmeriCorps members to meet critical community needs. For those seeking a full time live-in opportunity to serve, AmeriCorps Volunteers in Service to America (VISTA) and AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC) programs offer exciting opportunities. AmeriCorps VISTA volunteers work to bring low-income individuals and communities out of poverty whereas AmeriCorps NCCC focuses on training volunteers for service while living on one of five campuses across the country.

    Learn and Serve America is geared toward using service as a vehicle of learning. This is done by coupling experiences in the classroom with meaningful community service. Grants are awarded through Learn and Serve to schools, universities, Native American tribes, and others to fund service based learning programs. Additionally, they provide training and technical assistance through the National Service-Learning Clearinghouse by offering a free collection of lesson plans, research, and example projects. Finally, this branch of CNCS awards outstanding youth with the President’s Volunteer Service Award.

    With an operating budget of over 1 billion dollars, the Corporation of National and Community Service is expanding in leaps and bounds and is always looking for good volunteers, interns, and employees. As such, CNCS now provides summer internships for college students and other individuals, and has a number of job openings listed on their website.

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