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The Week in Service Highlights

Posted by ServeNext Staff on March 23, 2011

Lots has been going on in the national service community, but here are links highlighting some articles detailing what’s been going on this past week.

1.) On March 18, The Philanthropy Journal reported on the Corporation for National and Community Service’s new report “Volunteering in America 2010” which shows that “Across the country, 63.4 million Americans volunteered to help their communities in 2009, an additional 1.6 million volunteers when compared to 2008, contributing 8.1 billion hours of service, which has an estimated dollar value of nearly $169 billion” according to the official Corporation website on the report. The Philanthropy Journal highlights the monetary value of volunteer work. In 2009, it was $20.85  and in 2010 in rose to $21.36.

2.) While many people are aware of the basics of the variety of AmeriCorps and other Corporation-funded programs, a recent City Year blog post gives insight into one little-known aspect of the program: the City Year Advanced Training Academy. It takes place during a week when the children City Year members serve are on school vacation or have the day off and works to build the team dynamic and get excited about the rest of the year.

From left: Corporation CEO Patrick Corvington, Director of Senior Corps Dr. Erwin Tan, Senior VP of Habitat for Humanity International Liz Blake, Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity of the Chesapeake Mike Mitchell and Habitat home recipient and Marine Corps veteran Ronald Moulden

3.) This past week the National Service blog featured a post about a recent collaboration of Habitat for Humanity of the Chesapeake, the Corporation for National and Community Service, 125 veterans, active duty military, and AmeriCorps members to build homes in the Annapolis and Baltimore areas. Habitat has been receiving volunteers through the Corporation since 1994. At the event, Liz Blake, CEO of Habitat for Humanity International expressed the importance of these volunteers “Habitat couldn’t do what it does without AmeriCorps, without VISTA, without the Corporation for National and Community Service. AmeriCorps is the unsung engine of Habitat for Humanity.”

4.) Many of  us have questions about the most appropriate uses of social media within nonprofits, as did attendees of the Nonprofit Technology Conference last week. During one session, they discussed their own organizations’ unique approach to a variety of social media puzzles. Raymond Flandez of The Chronicle of Philanthropy compiled the most burning questions and examples of best practices from a variety of sources into a comprehensive set of answers into an article called “10 Burning Questions About How Charities Should Use Social Media”.

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