The White House budget proposal for fiscal year 2018 calls for the elimination of the Corporation for National and Community Service, which would include ending national service programs like AmeriCorps and Senior Corps. Points of Light and Voices for National Service are partnering on a social media campaign to help supporters of national service take action and make their voices heard – calling on Congress and the White House to invest in, not eliminate, this vital American resource. Add your voice.
In recent years, national leaders and community groups alike have called upon volunteers to help break down the income inequality gap by supporting disadvantaged youth and young adults. In response, organizations like United Way of Greater St. Louis have built and continue to maintain programs that support youth development. One of these programs is ServiceWorks, a national initiative that engages youth in finding solutions to some of their community’s most pressing issues.
With spring quickly approaching, so is the season for giving back to volunteers who dedicate their time to serving others. National Volunteer Week kicks off on April 23 – an opportunity to recognize and thank volunteers who lend their time, talent, voice and support to causes they care about in their community and around the world. What better way to acknowledge a volunteer than by giving them the opportunity to have presidential recognition?
During AmeriCorps Week, we celebrate the service of 80,000 AmeriCorps members currently serving communities across the nation, and the service of more than 1 million AmeriCorps alums. As part of this celebration, Points of Light has recognized five outstanding AmeriCorps members who are serving or have served in our programs – each one receiving a Daily Point of Light Award in honor of the impact they’ve made on the communities they serve.