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Global Youth Service Day in Juneau

Juneau Community Charter School

SAGA AmeriCorps Members worked with every school in the Juneau School District to create a book drive of unprecedented proportions. The community-wide book drive raised over 7,000 donated books. The donated books will be sent to communities across Southeast Alaska such as Angoon, Sitka, Haines, Ketchikan, and Gustavus.

Juneau Gastineau Elementary School Global Youth Service Day

SAGA AmeriCorps Members teamed up with the local parks and recreation Department and USFS to do some outdoor projects with Gastineau Elementary and Yakoosge Daakahidi High School.

Global Youth Service Day in Anchorage

Anchorage's Promise Kids Day photo

During Anchorage’s Promise KidsDay event, Nine Star AmeriCorps Members had children trace their hands on squares of fabric. The squares of fabric will be put together to create a quilt for our troops.

CEO of the Corp for National & Community Service Appointed

Wendy Spencer Takes Helm as CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service

AmeriCorps Week in Alaska


Ellen Voermans, Bitty Balducci, Jan Lovett, Amanda Taylor, Meghan Doughty, Jasmine Shaw and Tracy Hillhouse-Price.

On March 17, 2012, fifteen Sitka AmeriCorps members hosted the annual "Baby Quilt Project". Members recruited youth volunteers to join with local quilters to create enough baby quilts for every new baby born in Sitka throughout the year.

Sitka AmeriCorps Members

The Sitka Assembly publically recognized Sitka AmeriCorps Members for the impact they are making in the community.


AmeriCorps Members introduced and officially recognized for their many hours of national service within both the state House of Representatives and state Senate chambers, respectively.

On March 10, 2012, SAGA organized a large group photo of current and former AmeriCorps Members. One of the benefits of this event was to increase AmeriCorps Week awareness among the general public and especially former AmeriCorps Members. SAGA also partnered up with Juneau's Department of Parks and Recreation to organize a service-learning trail work event directly after the photo was taken.

SAGA members welcomed a 12 person delegation of AmeriCorps Members serving in Sitka to Juneau during AmeriCorps Week. The Sitka AmeriCorps Members stayed at SAGA facilities and participated in several SAGA AmeriCorps Week events.

Through the group picture, the service-learning trail work, and the time spent with the Sitka AmeriCorps Members, SAGA was able to connect AmeriCorps members and alums with each other so they feel they are a part of a nationwide effort.

SAGA's new Executive Director, Beverly Schoonover, along with SAGA AmeriCorps Connections Member Cody Koebnick appeared on KTOO's Juneau Afternoon radio show to promote AmeriCorps Week.


Serve Alaska in partnership with Volunteers of America Alaska's RSVP (Retired and Seniors Volunteer Program) distributed 400 children's books at JBER's Airmen's Attic. Since it was spring break we had the opportunity for the kids to select their own books. It was great to see all the enthusiastic reader's approaches to book selection.

On March 15, 2012, Tenaya Lamon-Anderson, Serve Alaska's VISTA, participated on a panel at the 15th Annual Prudential sponsored Alaska Points of Light Youth Leadership Institute along with William Kamkwamba (he wrote The "Boy Who Harnessed the Wind" is from a small village of Wimbe in Malawi). The panel topic was leadership and volunteer impacts. At the Institute students ages 13-18 were engaged in a week long creative leadership process which fosters their community -school leadership, volunteer service and personal development for career exploration, job readiness, higher education and active citizenship.

On March 10, 2012 Serve Alaska staff attended the 15th Annual Southcental Foundation Gathering at the Dena'ina Convention Center providing information on AmeriCorps opportunities.

On March 16, 2012 thread hosted a recognition open house highlighting their thread AmeriCorps Members and their Host Programs and their accomplishments thus far in our new thread AmeriCorps Strengthening Families project.

Nine Star Education & Employment Services AmeriCorps Members hosted a Food Drive for the Anchorage Downtown Soup Kitchen and a blood drive.

Governor Parnell proclaims March 10-18, 2012 AmeriCorps Week

AmeriCorps Week logoAnnouncing AmeriCorps Week

Each year during AmeriCorps Week, we recognize the commitment of AmeriCorps members and alums by highlighting the extraordinary impact AmeriCorps makes across our nation every day. This year's AmeriCorps Week's theme is "AmericCorps Works" and will take place from Saturday, March 10 through Sunday, March 18, 2012.

Grant Announcement – AmeriCorps VISTA Positions Available

The Alaska Field Office of the Corporation for National and Community Service announces an opportunity, subject to availability of funds, to develop new AmeriCorps VISTA projects to fill unmet needs. Depending on funding, they expect to fill approximately 15 new VISTA positions across the state.

Please see the Notice of Funding Opportunity and Concept Paper/Application for more information. Application deadline is April 6, 2012.

AmeriCorps Vista LogoSummer VISTA Hosting Opportunity

We would like to announce an opportunity to host Summer VISTA members beginning as early as May 1st. Other than staff time, these positions are at no cost to you.

Serve Alaska VISTA Project

During the next year (2012-2013), Serve Alaska will be conducting a survey of assistance provided by national service to programs and agencies across the state working to alleviate poverty. The project will be executed by Serve Alaska AmeriCorps VISTA member Tenaya Lamon-Anderson. In addition to the survey, regional meetings will be set up in various places to gather further information from communities on how programming can be improved. Goals for this year-long project will be to identify gaps and overlap in services currently provided, as well as identifying what models of programs working with national service are working well and could possibly be replicated in other parts of the state. Findings of a final report will be presented at a State Community Service Commission meeting and will hopefully be a useful tool for them when assessing the national service programs providing assistance in the state.

Prudential LogoTop Youth Volunteers in each State Selected in 17th Annual National Awards Program

15th annual Alaska Points of Light Youth Leadership Institute

The deadline to apply is February 29, 2012.

logoAlaskans Ending the Epidemic of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault

logo Nominations for the First Lady's Volunteer of the Year Awards opens

Nomination deadline is March 1, 2012. More information and nomination forms are available on the Governor's website. Nomination forms are also available at the Governor's office.

AmeriCorps Alumni Sought for Prestigious Eli Segal Fellowship

The deadline to apply is February 27, 2012. For further information and application instructions please visit the AmeriCorps Eli Segal Fellowship page.

AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC)
is currently accepting applications from prospective NCCC Sponsors!

For information on the upcoming service year click on the following:

Buick Achievers Scholarship Program

Buick and the GM Foundation announced the launch of the Buick Achievers Scholarship Program for the 2012-13 school year. Among the largest scholarships awarded over multiple years, we expanded the program even further this year to include current undergraduate students, as well as high school seniors and graduates.

This scholarship, funded by the GM Foundation, is designed to help students who are leaders in both the classroom and their communities, but who may not have the financial means to attend college. The Buick Achievers Scholarship Program will award Up to $25,000 per year for 100 students – AND – $2,000 one time awards for 1,000 students

We encourage students to apply who…

  • Will be enrolling full-time at a 4-year college or university.
  • Plan to major in one of the following: Science, Technology, Engineering, Math, Business Administration, Finance, Marketing or Design.
  • Have an interest in pursuing a career in the automotive or related industries.

Details about the scholarship program, eligibility rules and selection criteria can be found at

Applications for the 2012 Buick Achievers Scholarship Program will be accepted online at until February 29, 2012.

9/11 national Day of Service

9/11 logo Nine Star AmeriCorps Members took part in 9/11 Day of Remembrance ceremonies, visited firemen at Fire Station 4, baked cookies for the firemen, and send a Thank You card to 13 Anchorage Fire Departments.

Volunteers poising in front of the Fire Station

2011 RFP Open

The Request for Proposal (RFP) is open for the next Corps Year, with the first round of projects starting in early November 2011 and the final round of projects ending in July 2012.

Alaska's Top Student Volunteers for 2011!

Congratulations to the 2011 Prudential Spirit of Community Award Winners:

Read more about them at

AmeriCorps Week In Alaska

Sitka and Connections AmeriCorps Members clean and paint a room in the Sitka Sound Science Center in preparation for summer science activities.

Sitka and Connections AmeriCorps Members clean and paint a room in the Sitka Sound Science Center in preparation for summer science activities.

Commissioner Ben Clark visits Hoonah

Ben ClarkServe Alaska Commissioner Ben Clark visited Hoonah City Schools and spoke with students, staff, parents and community members about AmeriCorps and Serve Alaska. He met with over 20 sophomores, juniors, and seniors interested in hearing more about AmeriCorps.Commissioner Clark said, “I talked about the AmeriCorps program as a whole, Serve Alaska and my own personal experience as an AmeriCorps Member. I received a few "Wow, this sounds cool" and "Hey, (to a friend), let’s try this out" from students and that was neat. The students had really good questions on the benefits and how the program works. Also many eyes opened wide when I told them about the financial education award”.

Ben ClarkAfter meeting with the students, Commissioner Clark was interviewed on the newly created KHOO radio program regarding AmeriCorps by one of the new teachers.

Commissioner Clark stated, “It was a great opportunity to visit Hoonah and explain the AmeriCorps program to the students and community. It is a real treat to show students options, opportunities and the future”.

Alaska Adult Education Annual Awards for 2010

Jenifer Rogers AmeriCorps Member, Jenifer Rogers received the Rising Star Award. This award is given to a person just starting to be involved in Adult Education, who demonstrates tremendous potential for greatness. The recipient of this award must have been involved in Adult Education for at least one year but not more than two years. Jenifer Rogers is an extremely active participate and teacher at the Alaska Literacy Program. She teaches, does workshops, is our computer expert, gives the BEST PLUS tests, and is our Welcome Center agent. Jenifer is not only a Rising Star, but a Shiny Star at Alaska Literacy Program.

Andrea CavnerAmeriCorps Member Andrea Cavner received the Program Award. This award is given for innovative or exemplary effort in the area of curriculum, instruction, community organization, community service and creative programs. Andrea developed and implemented an ESL training program for medical providers. The goal of the training is to address the need in Anchorage for a bridge between a growing diverse and low-literacy population and the health care system and to facilitate actions to appropriately address the health literacy issue from both the educational and medical provider standpoints. In addition to developing the content of the workshop, Andrea created a Participant Handbook. The Handbook contains materials to support the information in the training and provide resources for further information and materials that address the communication challenge in English Language Learner and Low-Literacy Learner populations.

AmeriCorps Alum Josie Carlton Thuya is elected to the
Alaska Adult Education Board of Directors

Josie ThuyaEach year, three seats on the only state adult education association, AAEA, are up for election. Josie Thuya, from Alaska Literacy Program in Anchorage, was one of the three elected. Josie teaches six ESL classes every quarter of ten weeks at the Alaska Literacy Program. She maintains the ALP website at Josie started teaching at ALP very soon after permanently moving to Alaska in 2006. She has a degree in English with an emphasis on secondary education from Iowa State University. After completing two terms of service in AmeriCorps at Nine Star Education & Employment Services, she knew that adult education was her passion. Josie will co-chair the publicity, website, and membership committees and chair the elections committee.

9/11 National Day of Service

The September 11 National Day Of Service is fast becoming one of the most important and inspiring annual service days in America. The powerful idea behind it is to honor the memory of 9/11 with the most fundamental acts of citizenship possible: volunteering time to serve one another.

9/11 National Day of Service in Hoonah

9-11 Day in Hoonah 9-11 Day in HoonahHoonah Police Chief John Millan delivered a message of Service and Remembrance; Emergency Medical Service personnel, Firefighters and Police were honored.

9/11 National Day of Service in Sitka

9-11 Day in SitkaDuring the week Sitka AmeriCorps Members teamed with local agencies to teach fifth grade students outdoor survival skills such as how to build an emergency shelter and different ways to signal for help. These skills are crucial in this region.

9-11 Day in SitkaOn September 11th Sitka AmeriCorps Members took and/or renewed their pledge to serve. They then went to a local island and completed a beach clean-up as a Remembrance to September 11th.

Anchorage AmeriCorps Members team up for the 2010 Relay for Life

Relay For LifeRelay For LifeMembers of the Anchorage AmeriCorps Silver Team show their fighting spirit.

Global Youth Service Day 2010

Homework Club at Gateway Cleanup Playground

GYS DayKids at Homework Club at Gateway picked up trash in and around their playground area. They picked up 6 bags of trash! They did a fantastic job!

Youth Action Group Clean Russian Orthodox Church in New Stuyahok

GYS DayThe Youth Action Group, Meterviit (meaning, “Eagles,” in Yup’ik) in New Stuyahok (BIRCH AmeriCorps Member Wassillie Gust) gathered together and gave their Russian Orthodox Church, St. Sergius, a thorough spring cleaning. The Church is a central gathering space for the village

Global Youth Service Day 2010 in Cooper Landing Alaska

GYS DayRAVEN AmeriCorps Member Susanna LaRock reported Global Youth Service Day a great success.

GYS DayAbout 50 volunteers showed up for the hall cleanup. Volunteers stacked firewood, worked the log splitter, picked up garbage, raked leaves, and helped set up for lunch.

GYS DayI talked with all of them about Global Youth Service Day and the fact that they were participating in a global movement to get youth involved in service to their communities. We had lots of fun, and got a lot done.

Global Youth Service Day 2010 in Akiak Alaska

GYS DayAkiak high school science students planted vegetable seeds for the community gardening project, there was an assembly, where every student was able to take home a vegetable or herb plant to grow, and a community potluck.

More than 350 participate in Global Youth Service Day

GYS DayAmeriCorps Members Sara Nieft, left, and Kana-Grace Harden, right, serve with student Heather Meade, center, while the Juneau School District Transition Program at Thunder Mountain paints a sign for the Southeast Alaska Food Bank on April 23 as part of Global Youth Service Day. (Photo By Joe Parrish.)

Former Lt. Governor Campbell swears in the
AmeriCorps class of 2010 volunteers

lt govFormer Lt. Governor Campbell stands on the Capitol steps with the group of 2010 AmeriCorps volunteers following the swearing in ceremony.

AmeriCorps Member Innovates, Alaska Community Recycles

serveProfile in Service:

Read a National United We Serve story about AmeriCorps members in Nome collecting and backhauling recycling and waste in rural Alaska.

Service to the Corps

SAGA Americorps Community VolunteerSAGA AmeriCorps community volunteer specialist Margaret Novak, holds a section of a quilt project the local organization is constructing in celebration of AmeriCorps Week. AmeriCorps members across the state crafted the quilt squares, and the finished project will be displayed in the offices of the Serve Alaska Commission in Anchorage.

Courtesy Of Mary Ullman
Click on photo to view entire story in the Juneau Empire.

Joel’s Place Celebrates 10 Years of Helping Fairbanks Youth

Linda and Michael Setterbergs Founders

Photo by John Wagner
Click on the photo for the entire news story in the Fairbanks Newsminer.

Swearing In: Giving Your Word of Honor

Volunteers posing on the Capitol steps after talking the oath

Photo by Michael Penn
Click on the photo for the entire news story in the Juneau Empire

National Volunteer Week

For more than two decades, Points of Light Institute has equipped nonprofit organizations to celebrate National Volunteer Week, providing visibility, thematic focus and resources to enable them to commemorate this signature week of volunteer recognition.

National Volunteer Week is April 10 - 16, 2011

Through programs such as the President's Volunteer Service Award, Daily Point of Light Award and the Extra Mile - Points of Light Volunteer Pathway, Points of Light Institute recognizes volunteers and the tremendous impact they are making on our country's most critical challenges year-round. To learn more about these recognition programs and how to nominate volunteers for awards, click here.

Community Awards

Corporation for National & Community Service (CNCS) 2011- 2015 Strategic Plan

Click here for more information

2011 Federal Fiscal Year Appropriations

On February 1, 2010, President Obama released his Administration’s budget for FY2011, including $1.416 billion for the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS). Read more ...

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New Class of Americorps Members Graduates in Anchorage

  • by Jackie Bartz Friday, January 22, 2010. ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- Newly minted Americorps members will be launching volunteerism across the state in the weeks to come. The graduation was held Friday at the Millennium Hotel. The 35 graduates will go back to their communities to share what they've learned about a wide variety of local issues. From health and safety to education, the volunteers will get others inspired to help themselves.
    "It's a positive ripple effect that can only encourage positive support systems and health and wellness all the way around, mental and physical," said Southeast Alaska graduate Annya Ritchie. One graduate plans to get funding for a greenhouse so her remote community can have access to fresh vegetables. There are also plans for rural recycling. Last year, Americorps members and volunteers racked up more than 16,000 hours of work throughout Alaska.

Americorps Numbers Bloom in Alaska

2009 Annual Report

2008 Annual Report

President Obama Calls on Americans to Serve

This summer, President Obama is calling on all of us – young and old, from every background, all across this country – to participate in our nation’s recovery and renewal by serving in our communities.
From June 22 to September 11, United We Serve will begin to engage Americans from coast to coast in addressing community needs in education, health, energy and the environment, and community renewal. makes it easy for you and all Americans not only to find ways to serve in your communities, but also to create and promote your own service projects.

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