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Senators Mark Warner (D-VA) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) accept their awards as Outstanding New Members at the Friends of National Service Awards Reception in 2010.

Lisa Paulsen (right), President and CEO of the Entertainment Industry Foundation, accepts the Citizen Service Award from Karen Baker, California’s Secretary of Service and Volunteering at the Friends of National Service Awards Reception in 2010.

Paul Schmitz, President and CEO of Public Allies and a Co-Chair of Voices for National Service speaks to the participants of National Service Hill Day in 2009.

Senator Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) addresses the crowd at Service Salutes Senator Harkin in 2009.


Photos by Pepe Gomez
ImageLink Photography

 

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Recent Events

11th Annual Friends of National Service Awards Reception
February 11, 2014
Washington, DC

On February 11, 2014, Voices for National Service and the entire national service community gathered in Washington, DC to recognize leaders from the public, private, and nonprofit sectors who have contributed in building a culture of citizenship, service and responsibility within America. With over 500 attendees, this year was by far the largest Friends of National Service event yet. Thank you for joining us, and we look forward to making next year an even greater success!

Please visit Voices for National Service’s Facebook page for photos from this year’s event:

Media Advisory and Press

Annual Awards and Honorees
Click on the honorees’ names for videos of their introduction and acceptance speeches.

Edward M. Kennedy National Service Lifetime Leadership Award
For life-long dedication to citizen service and for outstanding leadership in advancing national service as a civic commitment and legislative priority
Senator Barbara Mikulski of Maryland

Citizen Service Award
For investing in the civic health of our nation through support of national service
Chelsea Clinton, Vice Chair, Clinton Foundation
Laysha Ward, President of Community Relations and President of Target Foundation, Target Corporation

Outstanding National Service Advocacy Award
For outstanding leadership and advocacy of national service as a state and federal priority
Senator Chris Coons of Delaware
Senator Roger Wicker of Mississippi
Representative Peter DeFazio of Oregon

Distinguished Service Award
For prioritizing national service funding and legislation to expand high-quality opportunities for citizens to serve their community and our country
Senator John McCain of Arizona
Mayor Scott Smith of Mesa, Arizona
Mayor Michael Nutter of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Outstanding New Member Award
For elevating national service as a first term legislative priority
Representative Derek Kilmer of Washington
Representative Luke Messer of Indiana

State Leadership Award
For leadership and innovation in leveraging national service to meet state needs
Governor Chris Christie of New Jersey

Local Leadership Award
For leadership and innovation in leveraging national service to meet local needs
Mayor Buddy Dyer of Orlando, Florida
Mayor Dayne Walling of Flint, Michigan

Service in Media Award
For using journalism to raise awareness of and encourage Americans’ participation in national service
Ron Fournier of the National Journal

Franklin D. Roosevelt Service and Conservation Corps Leadership Award
For championing the important role of service and conservation corps in modern day America, reflective of the legendary ideals and work accomplished by Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Depression Era Civilian Conservation Corps
Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell




A special thanks to our sponsors:

Presenting Sponsor
COMCAST NBCUNIVERSAL

 

Event Sponsor
CSX TRANSPORTATION

 

Event Supporter
THE CORPS NETWORK

 

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10th Annual Friends of National Service Awards Reception
February 11, 2013
Washington, DC

On February 11, 2013, Voices for National Service partnered with The Corps Network to honor public officials and private citizens who have demonstrated an extraordinary commitment to the cause of national service. This annual celebration was sponsored by CSX, Comcast, and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

Media Advisory and Press from the 2013 Friends of National Service Reception



Annual Awards and Honorees

Edward M. Kennedy National Service Lifetime Leadership Award
For life-long dedication to citizen service and for outstanding leadership in advancing national service as a civic commitment and legislative priority
President Bill Clinton

Citizen Service Award
For investing in the civic health of our nation through support of national service
Craig Middleton, Executive Director, Presidio Trust
Delegate Heather Mizeur of Montgomery County, Maryland

Outstanding National Service Advocacy Award
For outstanding leadership and advocacy of national service as a state and federal priority
Senator Sherrod Brown of Ohio
Representative Tom Latham of Iowa

Distinguished Service Award
For prioritizing national service funding and legislation to expand high-quality opportunities for citizens to serve their community and our country
Senator Barbara Mikulski of Maryland

Outstanding New Member Award
For elevating national service as a first term legislative priority
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand of New York
Senator Marco Rubio of Florida

State Leadership Award
For leadership and innovation in leveraging national service to meet state needs
Sally Ganem, First Lady, State of Nebraska
State Representative Bill White of Joplin, Missouri
State Representative Charlie Davis of Duquesne, Missouri

Local Leadership Award
For leadership and innovation in leveraging national service to meet local needs
Mayor Karl Dean of Nashville, Tennessee
Mayor Mark Stodola of Little Rock, Arkansas
City Manager Mark Rohr of Joplin, Missouri

Service in Media Award
For using journalism to raise awareness of and encourage Americans’ participation in national service
Arianna Huffington

Franklin D. Roosevelt Service and Conservation Corps Leadership Award
For championing the important role of service and conservation corps in modern day America, reflective of the legendary ideals and work accomplished by Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Depression Era Civilian Conservation Corps
Senator Jeff Bingaman of New Mexico




Presenting Sponsors:

ComcastHoughton Mifflin

 
Event Sponsor:
 
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Voices for National Service Capitol Hill Day
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
Washington, DC

"These services represent the fundamental moral obligations we have to each other." -- U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro (CT-3) "These services represent the fundamental moral obligations we have to each other." — U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro (CT-3)

On July 11, 2012, Voices for National Service released two reports that outline the vital role national service plays in our communities and across the nation. The findings of these reports were announced at the Capitol Hill Day Kick Off, an event which featured speeches by Rep. Rosa DeLauro, Rep. David Price and Garrick Francis, Director of Public Affairs for CSX.

In a time of limited government, the citizen power enabled by the Corporation for National and Community Service through more than 70,000 nonprofit organizations is needed more than ever. The reports highlight programs like AmeriCorps, Foster Grandparents, RSVP and the Volunteer Generation Fund as proven cost-effective strategies that help local communities meet the increased demand for services from families and individuals hit hard by the economic downturn.

“The fact is, while people across America are struggling and Congressional leaders are facing unprecedented and seemingly impossible choices about federal spending, national service is providing an answer to both of these challenges. An infusion of high-impact, cost-effective people power is bringing help, hope and most importantly, results, to communities across our nation, leveraging private support and community volunteers through national service programs,” said AnnMaura Connolly, President of Voices for National Service. “The bang for the buck is compelling and badly needed given today’s economic realities.”

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. Given the rapid growth of the nonprofit sector – the third largest industry in America’s economy, employing 10.5 million workers or one tenth of America’s workforce -- the skills acquired by citizens through service are particularly relevant to growing and strengthening the recovering American economy. With youth unemployment at historic rates, this report also demonstrates how national service programs can re-engage opportunity youth in education and prepare them for a globally competitive workforce.

During the Voices for National Service Capitol Hill Day, coalition members attended nearly 100 congressional meetings, which provided local service leaders a vital opportunity to educate their legislators on the tangible impact national service programs are having in their communities.

Presenting Sponsor of the Voices for National Service Capitol Hill Day:

CSX

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9th Annual Friends of National Service Awards Reception
February 14, 2012
Washington, DC

On Valentine’s Day, over 400 supporters of service from across the nation gathered in our nation’s capital for the 9th Annual Friends of National Service Awards Reception. The event gave honor and recognition to the public officials and private citizens who have demonstrated an extraordinary commitment to the cause of national service.  The reception, which took place in the elegant East Hall of Union Station, was co-hosted by The Corps Network and Voices for National Service, and sponsored by Comcast, Monster, National Grid, and CSX .

Senator Thad Cochran (R-MS), Senator Chris Coons (D-DE), Representative Norm Dicks (D-WA-6), Representative Steve Stivers (R-OH-15),  and President of Miami Dade College, Eduardo Padrón, were all present to accept their respective awards and spoke to the importance of national service work.   Jon Bon Jovi, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn, Iowa Governor Terry Branstad, New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu, and Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter accepted their honors and addressed the audience by video.   In attendance to accept the award for Secretary of Interior Ken Salazar was Will Shaforth, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Fish, Wildlife and Parks.


Presenting Sponsors

Comcast    Monster

Event Sponsors

National    CSX



Annual Awards and Honorees

Edward M. Kennedy National Service Lifetime Leadership Award
For life-long dedication to citizen service and for outstanding leadership in advancing national service as a civic commitment and legislative priority
Senator Thad Cochran

Citizen Service Award
For investing in the civic health of our nation through support of national service
Jon Bon Jovi and Eduardo Padrón, President, Miami Dade College

Outstanding National Service Advocacy Award
For outstanding leadership and advocacy of national service as a state and federal priority
Governor Pat Quinn and Governor Terry Branstad

Distinguished Service Award
For prioritizing national service funding and legislation to expand high-quality opportunities for citizens to serve their community and our country
Senator Richard Shelby and Representative Norm Dicks

Outstanding New Member Award
For elevating national service as a first term legislative priority
Senator Chris Coons and Representative Steve Stivers

State and Local Leadership Award
For leadership and innovation in leveraging national service to meet state and local needs
Mayor Mitch Landrieu and Mayor Michael Nutter

Service in Media Award
For using journalism to raise awareness of and encourage Americans’ participation in national service
David Gergen

Franklin D. Roosevelt Service and Conservation Corps Leadership Award
For championing the important role of service and conservation corps in modern day America, reflective of the legendary ideals and work accomplished by Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Depression Era Civilian Conservation Corps
Secretary of Interior Ken Salazar




National Service Leaders: 2012 Voices for National Service’s Awards Honorees

  • Illinois Governor Pat Quinn, Iowa Governor Terry Branstad, New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu, and Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter each received a 2012 Friend of National Service Award for demonstrating a passionate commitment to protecting and expanding national service opportunities throughout the country. In their acceptance speeches each recipient emphasized the tangible ways service work has made a difference in their communities.

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Photos from the event

  • Click here to see photos from the event on the Voices for National Service Flickr

News stories covering the 2012 Friends of National Service Reception

 

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Voices for National Service Capitol Hill Day
Thursday, September 15, 2011
9:00AM - 5:00PM
Washington, D.C.

In September, more than 170 staff, corporate sponsors, AmeriCorps alumni and board members from National Service programs came together to meet with nearly 200 Congressional offices to explain the importance of the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) and the innovative, cost-effective programs the agency supports, including AmeriCorps, VISTA, Senior Corps, Learn & Serve America, and the Volunteer Generation Fund.

In addition to an action packed day of visiting members of Congress, the all-day program included a kick-off event featuring opening remarks from AnnMaura Connolly, President of Voices for National Service, and an inspiring speech by Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) in which she encouraged Hill Day attendees to share their personal stories, to challenge legislators to ensure that CNCS receives a minimum of level funding in FY12, and to make clear that national service programs should be a priority for all legislators. 

  • Click here for Frequently Asked Questions about the Hill Day.

Presenting Sponsor:

Comcast

   
Event Sponsor:
National Grid    

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Leadership Luncheon and Solution Sessions
April 21, 2010
The W Hotel
Washington, DC

On April 21st in Washington DC, the three big service and social innovation coalitions – Voices for National Service, ServiceNation, and America Forward – held a Leadership Luncheon to celebrate the one-year anniversary of the signing of the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act. The luncheon featured a video tribute to the late Senator Kennedy and remarks from his wife, Victoria Reggie Kennedy. In attendance were more than 250 service practitioners and champions from across the country, as well as staff from the Corporation for National Community Service and Capitol Hill.

Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT), who authored the Serve America Act with Senator Kennedy, delivered taped remarks to the audience. Speakers in attendance included Patrick Corvington, the new CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service; United States Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH); Melody Barnes of The White House Domestic Policy Council; Cokie Roberts, Senior News Analyst for ABC News; and John Podesta, CEO and President of the Center for American Progress.

Following the luncheon, participants broke out into three Solution Sessions, each designed to allow for open a discussion about the Serve America Act and the prospects for sustaining the momentum that propelled the Act swiftly through the legislative process and expanding service opportunities going forward. The three sessions were entitled:

  • One Year Later: Strategies to Sustain the Momentum and Take a Vision to Scale
  • Service and Social Innovation: Twin Engines for Change
  • Reimagining Service: Linking Volunteerism and Organizational Effectiveness

The events were sponsored by the Bank of America Charitable Foundation, Gap Inc., Target, and The MCJ Foundation

Speakers:

"" Senator Orrin Hatch "" R-UT (taped remarks)
  Victoria Reggie Kennedy    
  Patrick Corvington   CEO, Corporation for National and Community Service
  Senator Jeanne Shaheen   D-NH
  Melody Barnes   Director, The White House Domestic Policy Council
  Cokie Roberts   Senior News Analyst, ABC News
  John Podesta   CEO and President, Center for American Progress
  Shirley Sagawa   Visiting Fellow, Center for American Progress
  Michael Brown   CEO and Co-Founder, City Year
  Alan Khazei   CEO and Founder, Be the Change, Inc.
  AnnMaura Connolly   Chief External Affairs Officer and Senior Vice President,
City Year
  John Bridgeland   CEO, Civic Enterprises
  Michelle Nunn   CEO, Points of Light Institute
  Nelda Brown   Executive Director, National Service Learning Partnership; Co-Chair, Voices for National Service
  Kim Syman   Managing Partner, New Profit, Inc.
  Kerry Sullivan   President, Bank of America Charitable Foundation

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National Service Calendar

  • Click here to see the National Service Calendar on the Corporation for National and Community Service website.

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