January 14, 2015 |
If you're an AmeriCorps or Peace Corps alumnus, the City of Philadelphia is looking to hire you. Starting this month, Philadelphia will award up to 5 points on its 100-point civil service exam for alumni of national service programs AmeriCorps and the Peace Corps. Mayor Nutter made the announcement along with Wendy Spencer, CEO of the Corporation for National & Community Service, a federal agency which oversees AmeriCorps. "These individuals, through their service, create critical thinking skills, demonstrate leadership qualities, responsibility and they become the kind of invaluable workers that any employer would want," Nutter said.
November 17, 2014 |
At shorter than 5 feet tall, Florence Beard, 78, cannot reach the light fixtures outside her house to change the lightbulbs - even when she stands on her step stool. And at her age, she said, she is scared to get on a ladder. "I had a heck of a time trying to get a bulb in that one," Beard said, pointing to a spot above her front door. So she called Granny Handymen Inc. Two Iraq war veterans founded the nonprofit in January to help senior citizens and people with disabilities with simple jobs around the house - free.
June 4, 2014 |
Three recent graduates of the Curtis Institute of Music will become inaugural fellows of ArtistYear, a pilot program designed to bring a year-long AmeriCorps-like community service opportunity to the world of the arts in Philadelphia. The program, launched as part of the Aspen Institute's Franklin Project, which aims to create one million service-year positions by 2023, will kick off in the 2014-15 academic year. Former U.S. Army Gen. Stanley McChrystal, chair of the Franklin Project's Leadership Council, said the project aims to make community service a standard practice for all young Americans.
November 20, 2013 |
THE HEAD of the federal AmeriCorps program joined Nutter administration officials in City Hall yesterday to unveil PowerCorpsPHL, which connects disadvantaged youth with training and temporary jobs in city departments. The first crop of 43 participants, who are all 18 to 24 years old and were recommended by a city agency or nonprofit, started work in October. Many have criminal records, were in foster care or have other difficulties getting ahead. The jobs are supposed to help beautify the city by having workers do things like cleaning parks, planting trees and educating residents about watershed preservation.
August 31, 2012
Leo Pratte , Emergency Services Director at the Southeastern Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Red Cross , is serving as the Operations Manager for the Red Cross response to Isaac. The other 26 volunteers from the Philadelphia area are: Providing sheltering assistance: Nadine Germain – an AmeriCorps member from Philadelphia Ben Gill – a veteran volunteer from Pottstown Randall Gort – a volunteer from Bryn Mawr Emery Graham – an AmeriCorps member from Norristown Noel Green – an AmeriCorps member and veteran volunteer from West Berlin, NJ Kirsten Heininger – an AmeriCorps member from Mullica Hill, N.J. Leonard Kennedy – a volunteer from Philadelphia Frank Nardo – a veteran volunteer from Philadelphia Kay Rossi – a volunteer from Yardley Fred Vielhauer – a veteran volunteer from Sellersville Lauren Watson – an AmeriCorps member from Philadelphia Janice Winston – a veteran volunteer from Philadelphia Client casework Sandra Hunt – a volunteer from Philadelphia Mindy Pinkus – a volunteer from Richboro Wendy Christie – a volunteer from Collegeville Providing health services Ken McCluskey - a volunteer from Philadelphia Beverly White – a volunteer from Downingtown Providing mental health services Sam Cameron – a veteran volunteer from Hatboro Danelle Stoppel...
August 30, 2012 |
Seven years after helping victims of Hurricane Katrina, Janice Winston, 59, of Mount Airy, is back in Louisiana, helping people cope with Hurricane Isaac. Newly enlisted volunteer Kirsten Heininger, 22, of Mullica Hill, is in Lucedale, Miss., staffing an emergency shelter for those forced out of their homes. Winston and Heininger are two of the 27 volunteers deployed by the Southeastern Pennsylvania chapter of the American Red Cross (SEPA) to help residents of four Southern states deal with the flooding caused by Isaac.
January 16, 2012 |
Todd Bernstein, the man behind the Martin Luther King Day of Service, needed a break. He had been up in time for his regular 4 a.m. run, and already, he had made appearances on two Sunday morning newscasts, asking viewers to join one of 1,300 volunteer projects around the region Monday dedicated to commemorating the slain civil-rights leader. Later in the afternoon, it was off to a run-through of events at Girard College - the headquarters of the Philadelphia King effort - with the staff of Vice President Biden, who is scheduled to participate in this year's activities.
August 25, 2011 |
Marchelle Roberts hopes to become a broadcast journalist. She's already got a terrific story to tell. Her own. Barely 8 when she and a younger sibling were made homeless by their mother's struggle with drug addiction, Roberts ended up in shelters and foster care in Camden. "I had constant worries," recalls the Temple University senior, who felt responsible for her 3-year-old brother. "It was traumatic. " Unimaginable is more like it, particularly to those of us for whom childhood "trauma" was about not getting everything we wanted for Christmas.
July 1, 2011 |
I achieved a personal goal a week ago. But to the extent he had a similar aspiration, David Carr did not. We both appeared as panelists on HBO's Real Time With Bill Maher . The program is televised in front of a live audience in Hollywood and rebroadcast over and over on subsequent days. The crowd is boisterous, the host can be acerbic, and the subject matter includes anything currently in the public realm. Which explains my goal in working without my radio show's customary seven-second delay: Create no YouTube moments.
March 26, 2011
In the next budget battle, Democrats must take a vigorous stand against cuts targeted for AmeriCorps and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. House Republicans want to eliminate funding for these worthy programs as part of their ideologically driven cuts. Congress faces a deadline of April 8 to approve another temporary budget to keep the government running. AmeriCorps, created by President Bill Clinton in 1994, is a network of service organizations, including Habitat for Humanity, Teach for America, City Year, and the Boys and Girls Clubs of America.