Voices for National Service

On Wednesday, as part of their annual Capitol Hill Day, Voices for National Service released two reports that outline the vital role national service plays in our communities and across the nation.

“National Service: Cost-Effectively Delivering Critical Services to Americans in Need” demonstrates how national service programs are mobilizing citizens to address pressing education and housing challenges and providing needed capacity to disaster relief efforts across the country at a three to one return on taxpayer investment.

“National Service: Providing Pathways to Employment” highlights the unique role that national service programs play in providing Americans with the skills nonprofit, corporate and public sector employers are looking for from job applicants in this challenging economy.

For more information, visit the Voices for National Services website.

Reimagining Service

The National Conference on Citizenship recently launched an initiative challenging individuals to sign on to its Reimagining Service Principles:

Principle 1: The volunteer ecosystem is more effective when all sectors participate in its evolution.

Principle 2: Make volunteering a core strategic function, not an add-on.

Principle 3: Focus volunteer engagement on true community needs.

Principle 4: In order to get a return, you have to invest.

To join the coalition for Reimagining Service, click here.

 Civic Engagement

National Conference on Citizenship

2012 America's Civic Health Index Civic Health in Hard Times

Since 2006, the National Conference on Citizenship (NCoC), in partnership with the Civic Indicators Working Group, has published annual reports called America's Civic Health Index. These reports have informed Americans about leading indicators of our nation's civic health and motivated citizens, leaders and policymakers to strengthen the foundations of civic engagement. America's Civic Health Index has become the leading gauge of how well Americans are connecting to each other and their communities, and measures rates of volunteering, voting, connections to civic and religious organizations, trust in other Americans and key institutions, and other civic behavior and attitudes. America's Civic Health Index received a new level of recognition through its inclusion in the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act, which was signed into law in May 2009. The Act formalized a partnership between NCoC, the U.S. Census Bureau, and the Corporation for National and Community Service to develop, refine, and implement an annual civic health assessment.

Past NCOC Reports


More to Give

More to Give Tapping the Talents of the Baby Boomer

"AARP was founded with the motto, 'To Serve, Not to Be Served,' and we've been engaging volunteers for fifty years. We are putting a high priority on increasing the number and involvement of 50+ volunteers, which will not only help keep them active and healthy, but will help meet our country's urgent needs."
- Tom Nelson

"More to Give is the right study, about the right opportunity, at the right time, by three of our most distinguished and visionary social analysts. As 10,000 Americans a day move into their 60s and beyond, Bridgeland, Putnam, and Wofford demonstrate how this nation can transform the purported 'age tsunami' into an experience dividend, one with the potential to improve the lives of all generations. Without question, this is the most important study and most compelling blueprint for making the most of America's aging opportunity."
- Marc Freedman
Founder and CEO of Civic Ventures, and author, Encore: Finding Work That Matters in the Second Half of Life

The Quiet Crisis

Quiet Crisis: The Impact of the Economic Downturn on the Nonprofit Sector

In the wake of the economic downturn, hospitals, nursing homes, nursery schools, senior centers, soup kitchens, and other nonprofit organizations have been hit by a triple whammy. The evaporation of wealth has decimated charitable donations; the state and local budget crunch is costing nonprofits their foremost paying clients; and the human need for nonprofit help is skyrocketing as nonprofit resources shrink. Reversing the nonprofit plunge is a matter of jobs, not just charity. With 9.4 million employees and 4.7 million full-time volunteers nationwide, nonprofits constitute 11 percent of the American workforce—greater than the auto and financial industries combined. If the nonprofit sector were a country, it would have the seventh largest economy in the world. We cannot afford for it to go the way of Iceland, whose financial system collapsed.

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