“The publication highlights the role of states as laboratories for service and fosters new models for addressing a variety of pressing social issues,” – Tom Branen, Executive Director of America’s Service Commissions.
Since 2005, Innovations in Civic Participation (ICP) and America’s Service Commissions (ASC) have collaborated in highlighting the most innovative AmeriCorps programs in the United States. Nominated by State Commissions, these programs have moved the needle in volunteer service and made deep impacts in their communities through education, mentoring, public safety, health, the environment, and other issue areas.
This year’s publication also commemorates the 20th anniversary of the AmeriCorps program which began in 1994. In accordance with this landmark anniversary, this year’s edition features programs funded by the Volunteer Generation Fund, a program authorized by the Edward M. Kennedy Service America Act to raise awareness of community needs and addressing the necessary support for voluntary organizations and state service commissions.
Transforming Communities through Service: A Collection of the Most Innovative AmeriCorps State and Volunteer Generation Fund Programs highlights 28 innovative AmeriCorps State and four innovative Volunteer Generation Fund programs from 21 states. The location of these programs span the entire United States and each one can be seen having unique, effective results that positively transform communities.
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