New Report: Equity and Inclusion: Expanding National Service, America’s Service Commissions
Posted by America's Service Commissions on September 20, 2022
We are pleased to share with you America’s Service Commissions’ (ASC) 2021 annual report, entitled Equity and Inclusion: Expanding National Service.
2021 was a year that required a lot of bravery from those in the national service field — bravery to lead and serve during a pandemic; bravery to be dissatisfied with the status quo and to respectfully push back on policies and decisions we disagreed with; bravery to develop and implement creative solutions, to launch new AmeriCorps programs that respond to the challenges of the moment; and bravery to pilot ideas that just might break down some of the barriers that keep service inequitable and that prevent our neighbors from serving or being served.
All this bravery has been inspiring. And it’s exactly what we need to expand national service, build our communities, and move our network forward.
Although these are challenging times, there is much to be proud of and excited about. Funding to state and territorial service commissions and their programs continues to grow, both Congress and the Biden Administration are supportive of national service, private philanthropies are investing in state service, and the conversation about how to make the AmeriCorps experience more equitable and sustainable for members is gaining traction.
As we continue to navigate both old and new challenges, let’s do so together. America’s Service Commissions is proud to lead the commission network, which manages the vast majority of AmeriCorps programming and supports service and volunteerism in all its forms. We at ASC will continue supporting and advocating on behalf of national service, state and territorial service commissions, and volunteerism, but we can’t — and don’t — do this work alone. National service is stronger when we are in it together.
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