The idea of community service is as old as America itself. Older really. Benjamin Franklin helped form the first volunteer fire department in Philadelphia in 1736, spawning a movement that continues to this day in communities throughout the country.
On my first day at the Clinton School, I walked into the classroom at the William Jefferson Clinton Presidential Center and immediately started introducing myself. Students were from coast to coast in the United States and places as far away as Bhutan. This exciting moment highlighted one of the definitive strengths of the Clinton School: the diversity of the student body.Read More about Shaping the Future of Public Service
At a very young age, I was exposed by my grandfather to many issues related to poverty in our community. I quickly learned to take ownership of and pride in my community. Instead of complaining about problems, we worked collectively to create the change we wanted to see around us.Read More about Creating the Change We Want to See
In the 20 years since President Clinton signed the bill that created AmeriCorps, we have delivered on a promise that changed the way Americans think about service and how the generations that followed thinks about themselves.Read More about AmeriCorps at 20: Building on a Legacy of Service
Only two days stand between now and Chicago Cares’ 20th Annual Serve-a-thon. This event started as an idea and has become a Chicago institution – today, Serve-a-thon is the largest single day of service in the city. To help celebrate, we are partnering with the Clinton Foundation for a Day of Action on June 15...Read More about Uniting to be the Solution