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CNCS Streams of Service

Volunteer packing food, helping in school and at home

The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) is a federal agency that engages more than five million Americans in service through AmeriCorps and Senior Corps, and leads President Obama’s national call to service initiative, United We Serve.

In the 2013-2014 program year, more than 7,300 people of all ages and backgrounds helped to meet local needs, strengthen communities, and increase civic engagement through national service in Maryland. These citizens tutor and mentor children, support veterans and military families, provide health services, restore the environment, respond to disasters, increase economic opportunity, and recruit and manage volunteers.

Learn more about other CNCS programs below.

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Senior Corps

Senior Corps engages citizens, ages 55 and over, in service that helps meet the needs and challenges of America’s communities. Senior Corps offers several ways to get involved, including:

The Social Innovation Fund

The Social Innovation Fund is an initiative of CNCS intended to improve the lives of people in low-income communities. It does so by mobilizing public and private resources to grow promising, innovative community-based solutions that have evidence of compelling impact in three areas of priority need:

  • economic opportunity,
  • healthy futures, and
  • youth development.

Volunteer Generation Fund

The Volunteer Generation Fund is a program authorized by the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act to support voluntary organizations and state service commissions in boosting the impact of volunteers in addressing critical community needs.

The GOSV received a Volunteer Generation Fund grant of more than $172,000 to strengthen volunteer recruitment and management.