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Midlands Voices: National service is a great way to help older Americans

By JEFF HUBER, December 27, 2020

For the first time in our history, older Americans outnumber the young, and it’s a trend that will only grow over the next 30 years. If you’ve never wondered who’s going to be there to take care of us, now would be a good time to start.

We’re collectively living longer and, while that’s reason to celebrate, it comes with its own set of challenges, including the increased likelihood of illness and chronic disease. Alzheimer’s disease, for instance, is already one of the leading causes of death in America. Globally, more than 50 million people live today with a dementia diagnosis. And, by 2050, that number is expected to more than triple. Meanwhile, the COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated many of the issues older adults face, including social isolation and loneliness. These older Americans need support now. And as today’s younger Americans become tomorrow’s older Americans, they, too, will need help.

Midlands Voices: National service is a great way to help older Americans
Midlands Voices: National service is a great way to help older Americans

Prominent Americans Urge Presidential Candidates to Expand National Service to Renew Civic Spirit

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Prominent Americans Urge Presidential Candidates to Expand National Service to Renew Civic Spirit

In an open letter to President Trump and Vice President Biden, bipartisan group advocates for national service to be prioritized as solution to countries’ challenges

WASHINGTON, DC (October 29, 2020) – In the final days of the presidential election, a diverse group of more than 120 Americans from across the country today called on President Trump’s and Vice President Biden’s campaigns to prioritize the expansion of national service in the next presidential term as a way to address the polarization of the nation. In a letter released as a part of the Serve America Together campaign, former governors and members of Congress as well as leading philanthropy, thought and faith leaders, impressed upon the importance of national service as a tool to unite Americans and to help renew the nation’s civic spirit. 

Prominent Americans Urge Presidential Candidates to Expand National Service to Renew Civic Spirit
Prominent Americans Urge Presidential Candidates to Expand National Service to Renew Civic Spirit

National Business and Workforce Development Leaders Call on Presidential Campaigns to Prioritize National Service

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National Business and Workforce Development Leaders Call on Presidential Campaigns to Prioritize Expansion of National Service

More than 60 of the nation’s leading business and workforce development leaders sign bipartisan letter 

WASHINGTON, DC (October 26, 2020) The Serve America Together campaign today released a letter signed by more than 60 of the nation’s leading business and workforce development leaders calling on President Trump’s and Vice President Biden’s presidential campaigns to prioritize the expansion of national service.

National Business and Workforce Development Leaders Call on Presidential Campaigns to Prioritize National Service
National Business and Workforce Development Leaders Call on Presidential Campaigns to Prioritize National Service

80+ National Security Leaders Urge Presidential Campaigns to Prioritize National Service

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Over 80 National Security Leaders Sign On to Letter Calling on Presidential Campaigns to Prioritize National Service

National security leaders including former cabinet secretaries, State Department officials, and Pentagon appointees, join former National Security Council members and veterans on bipartisan letter to campaigns

WASHINGTON, DC (October 13, 2020) – Today, the Serve America Together campaign released a letter signed by over 80 diverse and bipartisan national security leaders to President Trump and Vice President Biden’s presidential campaigns calling for an expansion of national service. The letter, which is signed by national security leaders including former cabinet secretaries, State Department officials, Pentagon appointees, National Security Council members, and veterans from across the Armed Services, urges the candidates to prioritize national service in their potential future administrations as a way to maintain the strength and security of our nation...

70+ National Security Leaders Urge Presidential Campaigns to Prioritize National Service
80+ National Security Leaders Urge Presidential Campaigns to Prioritize National Service

The Hill: Americans want to serve — it's up to us to give them the chance

By JOE HECK, October 5, 2020 

Throughout the course of history, Americans have, time and again, come together in moments of crisis to confront our challenges and move the country forward. As I envision a path out of the current crises facing our nation, I believe this moment is no different.

For the past three years, I served as the chairman of the National Commission on Military, National and Public Service, a position I was appointed to by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and which allowed me to continue my own service to our country, building upon my current service in the Army Reserve and my experience as a former three-term Republican congressman. Throughout the congressionally-mandated Commission’s tenure that explored America’s appetite for service and the potential need for a military draft, we traveled across the country hearing from Americans about their desire to serve, the barriers to service, and their ideas for inspiring more people to serve.

The Hill: Americans want to serve — it's up to us to give them the chance
The Hill: Americans want to serve — it's up to us to give them the chance

Dallas News: A million opportunities for a better America

By JOHN BRIDGELAND, October 4, 2020

Even as we face the hard realities of a pandemic, the fight for social justice, and divisive national politics, recent national polling offers a spot of good news. More than seven out of 10 Americans believe they have more in common with one another than many people think.

Those findings are part of a recent survey conducted for Harvard University’s Carr Center for Human Rights and Institute of Politics. Americans, it turns out, are not as divided as our politics and news media might indicate.

Dallas News: A million opportunities for a better America
Dallas News: A million opportunities for a better America

Independent Sector: Investing in National Service Can Rebuild Our Civic Infrastructure

By JESSE COLVIN, September 22, 2020

Our country faces mounting public health, economic, and educational crises, as well as a nationwide reckoning on racial injustice — challenges that require thoughtful solutions to move the country forward. When it comes to addressing these critical issues, there are few solutions that have both bipartisan support and can be a true antidote in helping to rebuild in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. As a proud member of the Nonprofit Infrastructure Investment Advocacy Group (NIIAG), convened by Independent Sector and KABOOM!, Service Year Alliance is thrilled to see NIIAG lifting up national service as a way to strengthen our country’s civic infrastructure.

As we determine how best to address each of these individual challenges, we also must confront the growing lack of trust in our institutions and the hyperpolarization that threaten the civic fabric of American society. If we are to truly tackle these issues, it will require a solution that unites Americans around a common cause in order to knit our communities back together.

Independent Sector: Investing in National Service Can Rebuild Our Civic Infrastructure
Independent Sector: Investing in National Service Can Rebuild Our Civic Infrastructure

Coalition Calls on Presidential Campaigns to Prioritize National Service

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Coalition of Leading Military and Civilian Service Organizations Calls on Presidential Campaigns to Prioritize National Service

The coalition is part of the Serve America Together campaign to make national service part of growing up in America.


WASHINGTON, DC (September 14, 2020) – Today, over a dozen leading military and civilian service organizations released a letter calling on President Trump and Vice President Biden’s presidential campaigns to prioritize a significant expansion of national service in the first 100 days of their potential administrations. The first-of-its-kind coalition — which is the backbone of the Serve America Together campaign to make national service part of growing up in America — unites the military and civilian service movements under one banner behind a bold call to action for national service expansion.

Coalition of Leading Military and Civilian Service Organizations Calls on Presidential Campaigns to Prioritize National Service
Coalition Calls on Presidential Campaigns to Prioritize National Service

Service Year Alliance Releases National Service Talking Points Ahead of 2020 National Conventions

As Democrats and Republicans take the stage over the next several weeks, sharing their visions for America, we are hoping that they include a vision for giving young Americans, who have been hit hardest by the unemployment crisis, an opportunity to serve their communities by addressing the impacts of COVID-19 in health, education, and food insecurity — all while getting them back on track for education or employment and helping to knit our society back together.

Service Year Alliance Releases National Service Talking Points Ahead of 2020 National Conventions
Service Year Alliance Releases National Service Talking Points Ahead of 2020 National Conventions

CNN: In Covid-19 crisis, expand service options for young people

By HOWARD SCHULTZ & STAN MCCHRYSTAL, July 23, 2020 

After graduating from college last year, Ora Tucker Meadows chose to spend a year in service to our country by assisting teachers at an elementary school in the St. Louis suburb of Belleville, Illinois.

When the Covid-19 crisis shut down her school, Meadows, a member of AmeriCorps, a national service organization that she joined out of college, had the option of hunkering down at home. Instead, she found a new way to serve: She spent her days distributing lunches to students, sorting food at a local pantry and checking on seniors who were isolating at home. Now she is tutoring summer-school students online.

For decades, government-funded national service programs like AmeriCorps have been dispatching thousands of young people to help their fellow Americans in communities across the country.

In turn, those who serve receive a modest stipend while gaining new skills and a true sense of purpose.

During the last three months, legions of Americans participating in national service programs have stepped up to provide much-needed assistance for coronavirus response activities.

The Hill: National Service Can Unite Us Again
CNN: In Covid-19 crisis, expand service options for young people

Home Instead CEO Joins Serve America Together as Campaign Co-chair

Home Instead CEO Joins Serve America Together as Campaign Co-chair

Huber brings fresh private sector perspective to campaign at pivotal moment for national service

WASHINGTON, DC (February 19, 2020) – Today, Jeff Huber, CEO of Home Instead, joined Serve America Together as campaign co-chair to advance efforts to make national service part of growing up in America. In his role as CEO of Home Instead — the leading global provider of home care for older adults — Huber is leading the creation of a new service year corps that engages the next generation of young Americans in the future of aging. 

Home Instead Senior Care® CEO Joins Serve America Together as Campaign Co-chair
Home Instead CEO Joins Serve America Together as Campaign Co-chair

The Hill: National Service Can Unite Us Again

By STEPHEN HADLEY AND JOHN BRIDGELAND, September 11, 2019 

We envision a future where everyone has the opportunity as they enter adulthood to serve in a civilian or military capacity, a future in which national service brings together young people of different backgrounds and where that service is rewarded with increased opportunity. This future engages communities to ensure local priorities are honored and private resources are usefully leveraged. It builds on existing efforts at the federal, state, and local levels so that no resource goes untapped.

To achieve this future, we must first call on Congress to dramatically increase the number of national service opportunities from 66,000 per year to 200,000 to match the number of people who enter the United States armed services each year, on a path toward one million service opportunities a year by the 250th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence in 2026. Serve America Together is leading this charge and continues to press the presidential candidates to release their plans to expand national service during their potential first 100 days in office.
The Hill: National Service Can Unite Us Again
The Hill: National Service Can Unite Us Again

Baltimore Sun: 9/11 led me to Syria, Afghanistan and national service

"If the past 18 years have taught me anything, it's that national service - whether military, civilian or public - not only allows us to address some of our biggest shared challenges at home and abroad, but also represents one of the last, best hopes to inoculate our country against the divisions threatening our future.

 

That's why I am excited about Serve America Together - a campaign to make national service part of growing up in America. We need to focus on our common values and what we can do better, together. Making opportunities to serve available to all young Americans will create the connective tissue the nation needs."

Baltimore Sun: 9/11 led me to Syria, Afghanistan and national service
Baltimore Sun: 9/11 led me to Syria, Afghanistan and national service

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand accepts Serve America Together’s Presidential Challenge

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Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand accepts Serve America Together’s Presidential Challenge and commits to rewarding those who serve with debt-free college

Gillibrand is the second 2020 presidential candidate to formally accept Serve America Together’s presidential challenge.

WASHINGTON, DC (August 27, 2019) – Today, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand formally accepted Serve America Together’s presidential challenge. She touts her national service plan which would award individuals who serve for one year with tax-free financial assistance to attend two years of public or community college tuition-free. It also calls for appointing a Cabinet-level director of national public service. Gillibrand is the second candidate to respond to the campaign’s presidential challenge. Pete Buttigieg accepted the challenge on July 3, 2019. 

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand accepts Serve America Together’s Presidential Challenge
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand accepts Serve America Together’s Presidential Challenge

Bloomberg TV: Former Massachusetts Governor Launches 'Serve America Together'

DEVAL PATRICK, July 23, 2019

Deval Patrick, former Massachusetts Governor, discusses his proposal for 2020 Presidential candidates to consider a position on his 'Serve America Together' program. He speaks with Bloomberg's David Westin on 'Balance of Power.'

 

Bloomberg TV: Former Massachusetts Governor Launches 'Serve America Together'
Bloomberg TV: Former Massachusetts Governor Launches 'Serve America Together'

The Chronicle of Philanthropy: Presidential Contenders Should Focus on National Service

LAURA LAUDER, July 3, 2019

Presidential elections are agenda-setting moments for the country — a time for big, visionary ideas. This is why we launched the Serve America Together Presidential Challenge.

The Chronicle of Philanthropy: Presidential Contenders Should Focus on National Service
The Chronicle of Philanthropy: Presidential Contenders Should Focus on National Service
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