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Volunteering can give kids purpose in uncertain times — and there are still ways to do it

By Connie ChangNovember 16, 2020 at 9:00 a.m. From Washington Post When the pandemic hit in March, Devon Anderson and her three children — ages 7, 9 and 12 — abruptly stopped volunteering at their local Humane Society in Ohio. “We…..

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New Bill to Expand AmeriCorps

On April 15, 2021, the CORPS Act (Cultivating Opportunity and Response to the Pandemic through Service Act) was reintroduced by Senator Chris Coons (D-DE) and Senator Roger Wicker (R-MS) in the 117th Congress. They were joined in introducing the bill…..

How the pandemic is reshaping education

By Donna St. George, Valerie Strauss, Laura Meckler, Joe Heim and Hannah Natanson  MARCH 15, 2021 Washington Post The coronavirus pandemic upended almost every aspect of school at once. It was not just the move from classrooms to computer screens. It tested basic ideas about instruction, attendance,…..

1 Billion for National Service

TAKE ACTION: THANK CONGRESS From Kristen Bennett at Service Year Mar 10, 2021, 2:14 PM We have amazing news to share! The American Rescue Plan — the COVID relief bill that passed in Congress today and awaits the President’s signature…..

Montgomery hasn’t kept up

7 Mar 2021 The Washington Post Sunday BY NATALI FANI-GONZALEZ The writer is vice chair of the Montgomery County Planning Board, part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission.Z Within 30 minutes, on a Friday afternoon in the fall…..

The Hidden History of Silver Spring

J by David S. Rotenstein Introduction Silver Spring, Maryland developed during the early twentieth century as a sundown suburb: an area covering more than ten square miles where racial restrictive deed covenants prevented African Americans from owning or renting homes.[1] Located…..

Local Black History in our backyard

On June 30, 1960, a group of Black college students took a ride on the carousel at Maryland’s Glen Echo Park and refused to get off. Five students were arrested that day, but demonstrations calling for the amusement park to desegregate continued…..

Project CHANGE Founder -Farewell Good and Faithful Servant -Dr. Anastasi RIP

Dr. Robert Edward Anastasi peacefully passed away on February 17, 2021 surrounded by his family. Bob was born December 10, 1939, to Virginia Spigone and Anthony Anastasi in Washington, DC. He is predeceased by his parents and his step-mother, Martha…..

Eroding trust, spreading fear: The historical ties between pandemics and extremism

By Marc FisherFeb. 15, 2021 at 6:00 a.m. Washington Post Adam Crigler used to feed his YouTube following a politics-free diet of chatter about aliens, movies, skateboarding and video games. Then came the pandemic. Now, he devotes much of his talk…..

BREAKING NEWS: $1 billion supplemental for AmeriCorps Agency in the House FY21 budget reconciliation bill!

❤️ Heartbeat by Emily SteinbergFeb 8 · 2021 An important message from ASC Chief Policy Officer  Tom Branen: Exciting news! Today, the House Education and Labor Committee’s portion of the FY21 budget reconciliation bill was released (see page 58), which enacts President Biden’s American Rescue Plan. Under…..

Lyttonsville, one of Montgomery’s oldest neighborhoods, braces for change

By Kathy OrtonFeb. 3, 2021 at 8:00 a.m. Washington Post Whether they have been there for decades or only recently moved in, residents have pretty much the same answer for why they live in Lyttonsville. “We’re a very diverse community of…..