The 2014 edition of Transforming Communities through Service: A Collection of the Most Innovative AmeriCorps State and Volunteer Generation Fund Programs in the United States features case studies of programs in 21 states.
The 2014 edition commemorates the 20th Anniversary of AmeriCorps and state service commissions, the statewide governor-appointed agencies leading the nation’s service movement and AmeriCorps State programming.
“The publication highlights the role of states as laboratories for service and fosters new models for addressing a variety of pressing social issues,” said Tom Branen, executive director of America’s Service Commissions.
“National and community service programs are providing opportunities for citizens to play an active role in addressing community needs,” stated Susan Stroud, executive director of Innovations in Civic Participation. “We hope everyone who reads these profiles will be inspired by the tales of ordinary citizens transforming their communities through service.”
Programs featured in the publication are addressing a range of issues from early childhood literacy to public safety. In addition to highlighting the program’s primary focus area, the publication recognizes those programs having a significant impact in the focus areas of rural communities, veterans and military families, and disaster services.
About America’s Service Commissions
America’s Service Commissions is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization representing and promoting the 53 governor-appointed state service commissions across the United States and territories with the mission to advance national service, volunteerism, and the network of state service commissions. Learn more: www.statecommissions.org.
About Innovations in Civic Participation
Innovations in Civic Participation (ICP) is a nonprofit organization supporting the development of innovative high-quality youth civic engagement policies and programs both in the US and around the world. ICP is a leader in the global movement to promote sustainable development and social change through youth civic engagement. We embrace a positive view of young people that recognizes their potential to create beneficial and lasting social change in their communities through active participation in service opportunities. Learn more: www.icicp.org.