Common Cause: Tackling the Big Issues with AmeriCorps

In this issue, we bring you stories and resources that illustrate the ways that AmeriCorps has made a powerful and lasting impact on our communities.

Tackling the Big Issues with AmeriCorps

Lindsey Ravizza, AmeriCorps VISTA program director at Campus Compact

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Campus Compact AmeriCorps members

Among many other celebrations– civic learning, women, and regional pastries amongst them–every March is an opportunity to celebrate national service and its impacts. Here at Campus Compact, we’re big fans of national service: more than half of our staff are alumni of either AmeriCorps or Peace Corps (sometimes both!), and we've been engaging with national service since Bill Clinton signed it into law (as depicted by this framed photo on our office wall).

Currently, Compact hosts three national service programs: the Campus Climate Action Corps, which leverages multiple kinds of service terms for members to do the critical work of helping campuses play a role in mitigating the climate crisis; the College Renaissance Corps, which activates community college students as ambassadors in key industries; and AmeriCorps VISTA, which places members in full-time roles on college campuses to build capacity for projects or partnerships that impact low-income communities. Each of these programs tackles big issues through both direct and indirect service in their focus areas as well as by giving the folks who participate as AmeriCorps members a key service experience that will hopefully shape both their own path as well as the path of our nation.

While we’ve celebrated AmeriCorps in many ways this month, one of the best has been our participation in a pilot program sponsored by Service Year Alliance. Through this program, we’ve been able to work with a small group of AmeriCorps members from across our programs to complete a bridge-building curriculum and reflect together on the power of perspective and how that intersects with our service experiences. As AmeriCorps celebrates 30 years this year, we at Campus Compact remain committed to providing service experiences in partnership with our member campuses as a way to not only give back, but also to see things from different perspectives, shape trajectories, and continue to imagine what’s possible for the future.

AmeriCorps In Action

Read these stories from across the country that illustrate the different ways AmeriCorps programs can create powerful impact.

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Stetson University AmeriCorps members promote environmental sustainability in Central Florida

Campus Climate Action Corps members in FL have been working to reduce carbon footprints and rehabilitate a local nature trail that was severely damaged during Hurricane Ian.More →


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Houston Community College student Inspires others to enroll in community college & begin a career in welding

College Renaissance Corps Industry Ambassador Adaiah Jones, a part-time welding student, shares her story as a reminder of the transformative power of higher education.More →​​​​


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Roosevelt University AmeriCorps VISTA member addresses campus food insecurity

Read about AmeriCorps VISTA member Larniecia Smith’s experience working to enhance capacity and visibility of the Laker Union Pantry through volunteer recruitment, organizational efforts, and student engagement initiatives.More →​​​​


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Community College of Denver and Arapahoe Community College launching first College Renaissance Corps Denver cohorts

Students studying advanced manufacturing, robotics, welding, and engineering will soon become the first Denver Industry Ambassadors. Stay tuned—the new cohort will be announced soon!More CRCorps news →


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MLK National Day of Service: AmeriCorps Members Make a Difference Across the Nation

On January 15th, 2024, AmeriCorps members nationwide participated in the MLK National Day of Service, collectively aiming to honor Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy and address essential needs.More →​​​​​​

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