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Through the Fire

Imagine arriving in a new community, excited about the service year ahead of you, only to find this community and the people you hoped to help completely upended by disaster. Last year, CalSERVES AmeriCorps members experienced just this. However, instead...

Reuniting the Volunteer Center Family

We’ve all been there – watching the news as a fire, earthquake, or hurricane destroys a community along with the lives of those directly impacted. We’ve felt that instant need to help in some way. Many turn to their local volunteer center. Volunteer...

Commissioner Spotlight – Amanda Plasencia

Amanda Plasencia is a CaliforniaVolunteers Commissioner and a former AmeriCorps Member through Teach for America. Amanda is currently employed with Third Plateau, a social impact strategy consulting firm, and continues to work in the education field on...

There’s More to Coachella Than Beyoncé

  For many, the name “Coachella” brings to mind the popular music festival that attracts hundreds-of-thousands of people from all over the country to jam out to their favorite artists. This year’s Coachella Valley Music Festival was headlined by music...

From Governor’s Oath to AmeriCorps Pledge

Dylan Moore, a former CaliforniaVolunteers (CV) staffer, is currently an AmeriCorps Member with Backcountry Trails Program.   I came into the world of AmeriCorps at an interesting intersection in our national discourse. It was a time when we as a country...

National Recognition for California’s Service Leaders

Service leaders from across the country descended on the nation’s capital this past week, coming together to commend service champions, honor innovative and strong programs, and educate elected leaders and the public about the vital role of service in...

Commissioner Profile – Chair Kathy McKim

Kathy McKim is the current Chair of the CaliforniaVolunteers Commission, where she has served since 2014. As a member of the business community, she strives to bring together the private sector with statewide nonprofits, AmeriCorps programs, and service...

President’s Day Reflection

How did we all celebrate President’s Day in California? We’d like to think that it was a day when we celebrated those leaders who inspired us all to engage in service in our communities and our country. But, it is just as important to think about those who...

All-Stars in Action

Program Spotlight: With all Californians impacted by the drought, the question was what role could AmeriCorps play? By leveraging the power of AmeriCorps, CaliforniaVolunteers and the California Conservation Corps created the Tree Mortality Project, also...

Commissioner Spotlight: Lisa Spinali

Lisa Spinali is the current Chair of the CaliforniaVolunteers Commission. Spinali has served on the Commission since 2007 and has worked in the service world her entire life. She is also the founder of Lisa Spinali Consulting. “I think that serving and...

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