AmeriCorps - Newsroom Feed AmeriCorps members serve full or part time with hundreds of national and local organizations. Full-time members who complete their service earn an education award of $4,725 to pay for college, graduate school, or to pay back student loans. Members who serve part time receive a partial education award. In addition to the AmeriCorps*State and National grant programs, of which the Professional Corps competition is a part, AmeriCorps also includes AmeriCorps*National Civilian Community Corps, a 10-month, full-time residential program for men and women between the ages of 18 and 24 who carry out projects in public safety, public health, and disaster relief, and AmeriCorps*VISTA, whose members help bring individuals and communities out of poverty by serving full-time to fight illiteracy, improve health services, create businesses, increase housing opportunities, or bridge the digital divide. en-us Monday, September 15, 2008 0 AmeriCorps 120 120 9/11 Anniversary, seven years since the September 11 attacks, Americans will remember the day with solemn memorials, prayers, and moments of silence. Thursday, September 11, 2008 President Bush Renews His Post-9/11 Call to Service; Honors the Compassion of America's Volunteers a sunny afternoon at the White House in front of thousands of volunteer and service leaders, President Bush today renewed the call he made in the wake of the 9/11 attacks for every American to give 4,000 hours or two years of their lives in service to othersMonday, September 08, 2008 Corporate Pro-Bono Volunteering Campaign Tops $400 Million than seven months after challenging corporate America to deliver $1 billion in pro bono volunteering support for nonprofits, Corporation for National and Community Service CEO David Eisner hailed $280 million in new pledges that pushed the campaign tally past $406 million, announced new research spotlighting the untapped potential for pro-bono volunteers, and unveiled a new campaign brand, A Billion + Change. Monday, September 08, 2008 What Are You Doing for the Learn & Serve Challenge? an exciting month for national service! The President will deliver a major speech on service next Monday, September 8th from the south lawn of the White House. Then from September 11-12, many of us will take part in Service Nation in New York to promote a new era of citizen service in America. On September 16th, the Corporation will hold its last board meeting of the Administration. And the following week, I'll be one of many who will get to meet lots of our national service practitioners, leaders, and colleagues when they descend on Washington. These events will shine a national spotlight on service and help all Americans see that service is the solution to tackling the tough problems our country faces. Friday, September 05, 2008 Reminder -- Scheduled System Outage -- Friday, September 5, 8:00 PM EDT, due to a planned database upgrade, the Corporation's systems - including the My AmeriCorps Portal, Recruitment System, eGrants and eSPAN - will be unavailable Friday, September 5, 8:00 PM EDT through Monday, September 8, 8:00 AM EDT. This outage will not impact the Corporation's email or phone systems.Thursday, September 04, 2008 National Service Responds to Hurricane Gustav with Evacuation and Sheltering Support tens of thousands of Gulf Coast residents fled Hurricane Gustav's destructive path last weekend, hundreds of AmeriCorps members and Senior Corps volunteers were on hand to assist in the evacuation and set up and staff emergency shelters.Wednesday, September 03, 2008 Volunteers Needed to Staff Shelters for Hurricane Gustav Evacuees Hurricane Gustav evacuees by the thousands head for safety, volunteers are needed to staff shelters and feeding programs in Louisiana, Texas, and Mississippi. Local volunteers are already helping, but more are needed. Monday, September 01, 2008 Preparing for Hurricane Gustav the day marking the third anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, the Gulf Coast is bracing for what could be another large scale hurricane.Friday, August 29, 2008 Scheduled System Outage -- Friday, September 5, 8:00 PM EDT Corporation's systems - including the My AmeriCorps Portal, Recruitment System, eGrants and eSPAN - will be unavailable Friday, September 5, 8:00 PM EDT through Monday, September 8, 8:00 AM EDT to accommodate an important database upgrade. This upgrade will allow for increased stability and capacity and better integration of the Corporation's systems.Thursday, August 28, 2008 Three Years After Katrina, National Service Remains a Critical Force in Rebuilding Effort years after Hurricane Katrina unleashed a wave of devastation across the Gulf Coast, national service programs continue to provide critical support in meeting local needs, building homes, managing volunteers, and helping communities come back better and stronger. Monday, August 25, 2008 National Service Agency Announces New Steps to Strengthen Support for Native American Communities Corporation for National and Community Service today announced two major steps to increase its commitment and support for Native American communities in using national service as a solution to tackle social and economic challenges.Wednesday, August 20, 2008 AmeriCorps Awards $2.2 Million to Eight Organizations Corporation for National and Community Service today announced results of its final 2008 grants competition, with more than $2.2 million being awarded to eight organizations funding 230 new AmeriCorps members to help communities provide healthy and educational environments for children, as well as support Midwest disaster response and recovery.Friday, August 08, 2008 First Class of NCCC Members To Be Inducted at Iowa Campus first class of members to serve at the newest National Civilian Community Corps campus will be inducted during an 11 a.m. ceremony on August 11. David Eisner, CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service, which oversees NCCC and other AmeriCorps programs, will be on hand for the event, as will Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa. Also attending will be Merlene Mazyck, director of NCCC.Friday, August 08, 2008 Volunteering 61 Million Strong; Need and Momentum Grow most comprehensive research on U.S. volunteering ever assembled shows volunteering in America is strong and poised for growth, as momentum for service grows across the sectors and the need for volunteers is heightened by the economic downturn.Monday, July 28, 2008 Planned System Outage, July 16, 8:00 - 8:30 PM EST today the My AmeriCorps Recruitment system began to experience periodic problems. In order to alleviate this problem we need to reboot the Corporation's servers causing our systems - including the My AmeriCorps Portal, Recruitment System, and eGrants - to be unavailable for approximately 30 minutes. The reboot is scheduled to begin at 8:00 PM EST and will terminate all actions within these systems. We anticipate having the systems back up by 8:30 PM EST. Wednesday, July 16, 2008 CEO Statement on Senate FY09 Appropriations promised, here are the numbers reported out by the Senate Appropriations Committee in the Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations bill for fiscal year 2009. The bill provides $888,462,000 for the Corporation and its programs.Friday, June 27, 2008 President Highlights Impact of Service At White House Faith-Based Conference power of volunteers to transform lives and tackle deep-rooted social problems including the drop-out epidemic, addiction, homelessness, and HIV/AIDS became a primary focus of a two-day White House gathering of more than 1,500 religious and nonprofit leaders from across the country. Friday, June 27, 2008 CEO Update on Fiscal 2009 National Service Budget on Fiscal 2009 National Service Budget from David Eisner, CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service.Thursday, June 26, 2008 National Service Agency Seeks Applicants for $3.5 Million to Serve Disadvantaged Youth Corporation for National and Community Service announced plans to make $3.5 million in grants to national organizations that support youth from disadvantaged circumstances.Thursday, June 26, 2008 AmeriCorps VISTA Seeking 230 Members To Assist in Iowa Flood Recovery response to severe flooding in Cedar Rapids and Iowa City, the federal AmeriCorps VISTA program is making make 230 positions immediately available to assist in flood recovery efforts in Cedar Rapid s and Iowa City.Monday, June 23, 2008