Employers of National Service: Grow the Network!

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Wendy Spencer speaking at an Employer of National Service event in Richmon

Strengthening the National Service to Employment Pipeline

The Franklin Project hosted an event on September 14, 2015 at the Aspen Institute DC headquarters featuring a panel of national service and employment leaders to discuss how hiring decisions are made, what skills national service alumni bring to employers, and the future of the Employers of National Service initiative. View the entire event to hear all about our successes and big ideas for next steps. 

Missed the last issue? Check out the August 2015 newsletter.

Honoring Veterans who Serve in More Ways Than One

Many Peace Corps volunteers and AmeriCorps members are also members of our armed forces. Read more about an AmeriCorps alumna who is making a difference serving our country using her experience from national service. 

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Rebecca Lange
AmeriCorps NCCC | 1995 to 1996
Employer: U. S. Air Force

Rebecca Lange is currently the Deputy Legislative Assistant at the Office of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. She is also a proud alumna of AmeriCorps NCCC's second class where she served at the Central Region campus in Denver, CO, from 1995-1996. Rebecca is currently a Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Air Force, and describes her transition from AmeriCorps to the military as a “natural progression.” Rebecca says, "It's all about service. It's the pride in knowing your country needs you and has trained you to answer its call. And in a small, small way, you know you are giving back to the country that allowed you to grow up in freedom."

Why Job Candidates from Peace Corps and AmeriCorps Are Good for Business

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“Mission oriented. Globally minded. Proven leadership experience in complex, unpredictable environments. Exceptional intercultural skills. Adept at managing limited resources to ensure long-term impact. Flexible. Collaborative. Passionate.”

These are the qualities that Carrie Hessler-Radelet, Director of Peace Corps, and Wendy Spencer, CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service, listed as to why national service alumni are “good for business.” The article was picked up by many sources, including HuffPost. Read the entire article to find out more about how national service alumni will be a valuable asset to your organization. 

Grow the Network!

In the Employers of National Service network, there are currently 278 organizations and businesses representing over 1.5 million employees. Our goal is to reach 300 before the end of 2015. Help us grow by using materials found in the Recruiting Employers toolkit to highlight the benefits to alumni and to employers by being a part of the movement.

Quotes from New Members

“When attracting people of character and commitment really matters to an organization, it only makes sense to put out a big welcome mat and open the door wide to AmeriCorps and Peace Corps alumni.”

-Deanne N. Bell, Director of Human Resources and Compliance, Richard Bland College of the College of William and Mary

"Impacted by their unique transformational service experience, ongoing training and professional development programming, and a supportive network that continues to grow beyond their term of service, national service alumni make talented, innovative and motivated employees."

-Cecily Upton, Vice President of Programs, FoodCorps

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November 2015

Recruitment Opportunities

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Life After AmeriCorps Opportunity Fairs

Representatives from local, state, and national organizations are invited to participate in a full day event of presentations and tabling to support AmeriCorps NCCC members in preparing for their next steps after graduation.

To register or send recruitment materials, please email the contact person for each Opportunity Fair:

Baltimore, MD
Wednesday, January 6 
Crissi Harrison

Vicksburg, MS
Monday, February 1 
Casey McCue

Recent Additions

Employers of National Service builds a talent pipeline which connects AmeriCorps and Peace Corps alumni with leading employers from the private, public, and nonprofit sectors to create recruitment, hiring, and advancement opportunities. 

Recent new members include: 

Acentric Video Productions
City of Flagstaff
Commongood Careers
Florida Literacy Coalition
Girl Scouts of Southern Arizona
Greater Phoenix Urban League
HandsOn Suburban Chicago
Health Volunteers Overseas
Morningstar, Inc.
National Institutes of Health
Seattle Teacher Residency
Spartanburg Community College
U.S. Department of State
United Way of Escambia County
Volunteer West Virginia

Find the full list here.