Happy Service Bowl Weekend

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Hello Colleagues and Communicators,

This weekend, football fans nationwide will watch the Ravens and the 49ers go head to head. But there's more on the line than the Lombardi trophy - there's a service day at stake as well.

Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and San Francisco Mayor Edwin M. Lee today agreed on a friendly wager. The winning team's mayor will host the opposing team's mayor for a day-long service project. CEO Wendy Spencer and AmeriCorps members were on hand in Baltimore as the mayors, accompanied by Today Show anchors Natalie Morales and Al Roker, announced the challenge and shared their excitement for the day of service.  You can watch the video of the broadcast, read our blog post on Serve.gov, and read the Baltimore Sun's article about the wager. Al Roker also tweeted about the challenge.

Special thanks to Mayors Rawlings-Blake and Lee for making service a priority, and to the Today Show staff, national service members, and fans who added excitement to the announcement. Both Baltimore and San Francisco are part of Cities of Service, one of our partners in engaging mayors in national service.

Are you doing anything special for the Service Bowl? Use the #ServiceBowl hashtag to join the conversation on Twitter, or share photos and stories with us on Facebook.

Thank you and have a great #ServiceBowl Weekend!

The External Affairs Team

Wendy Spencer with AmeriCorps members and Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake on the Today Show

#ServiceBowl 2013

CEO Wendy Spencer, Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, "Today" show anchor Natalie Morales, and AmeriCorps members join Ravens fans at the Inner Harbor in Baltimore, MD. Mayor Rawlings-Blake challenged San Francisco Mayor Edwin M. Lee and 49ers fans to a day of service.

National Service in the News


Workers, volunteer repair aging houses in Oklahoma City
The Oklahoman, January 28, 2013
Russell's house was one of 10 projects near Interstate 35 between NE 23 and NE 10 renovated by 65 members of CapacityCorps, a national program that stations young workers at Rebuilding Together chapters across the country. Rebuilding Together is a nonprofit that renovates homes for senior citizens.


AmeriCorps VISTA

SU program grant to fight childhood obesity
NV Daily (Virginia), January 30, 2013
Shenandoah University's AmeriCorps Volunteers in Service to America program recently received a $1,000 grant from United Healthcare to implement a "Hiking Your Way to Healthy Living" program.


Senior Corps

A Day in the Life: Senior and companion- two for the road
Arizona Daily Sun, January 28, 2013
The Senior Corps program is funded through a federal agency, the Corporation for National and Community Service -- sort of like AmeriCorps, but for seniors.

Serve.gov Blog

Mayors Put Service on the Line for Super Sunday
Serve.gov, February 1, 2013
As the big game between the Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers approaches this Sunday, the mayors from those cities are taking a different approach to the traditional, friendly wager. This year, the focus will be on volunteering and community service.