The Corporation for National and Community Service provides opportunities for Americans of all ages and backgrounds to serve their communities and country primarily through its Senior Corps, AmeriCorps, and Learn and Serve America programs. Participants in the Corporation's programs contribute approximately 228 million service hours to communities each year.
The Corporation is the nation’s largest grantmaker supporting service and volunteering. Through their programs, they provide opportunities for Americans of all ages and backgrounds to express their patriotism while addressing critical community needs.
Service Through Corporation Programs Strengthens Communities
The desire to serve extends across generations and in every part of our country. Since the Corporation’s inception:
- More than 1 billion volunteer service hours have been generated by Senior Corps volunteers;
- More than 500,000 individuals have served through AmeriCorps
- And, more than 1.5 million high school students participate annually in service-learning initiatives funded by Learn and Serve America
The members and volunteers who serve in Corporation programs provide vital assistance to institutions and organizations that serve the public, including:
- National and local nonprofits
- Faith-based and other community organizations
- Public agencies
Other Key Programs and Initiatives
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service: An annual effort to promote community service activities to honor the legacy of the slain civil rights leader.
Presidential Freedom Scholarships: A program to honor high school juniors and seniors who demonstrate an extraordinary commitment to service with money to pay for their college education.
Challenge Grants, Next Generation Grants, and Disability Grants: A series of special grant initiatives designed to leverage public-private partnerships, support new and innovative programs, and encourage service by all Americans.
Faith-Based and Community Initiative: An agency and administrative-wide initiative to break down barriers for faith-based and small community organizations to become involved in national service programs.
National Conference on Volunteering and Service: The premier annual gathering of leaders of the volunteering and national service world, hosted by the Corporation for National and Community Service and the Points of Light Foundation.
For additional information about the Corporation for National and Community Service, visit http://www.nationalservice.gov.