NCoC http://ncoc.net/ Featured Discussions en-us Tue, 22 Jul 2014 20:38:25 CDT GeekPAK The Power of a Service Year http://ncoc.net/index.php?tray=content&tid=2kctop2&cid=114jb491 This week, on the heels of the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg, 400 leaders from every sector of American life gathered there to rededicate themselves and the country to what Lincoln called "our unfinished work." America could use a civic shot in the arm. Mon, 09 Jun 2014 00:00:00 GMT National Service is at a Crossroads http://ncoc.net/index.php?tray=content&tid=2kctop2&cid=114jb490 New technologies offer boundless opportunities for us to increase the number of people serving communities, while budget-cutters in Congress threaten to end national service as we know it. At this critical moment, we need people in government, nonprofits and the private sector to help realize the promise of national service to transform the country. Thu, 05 Jun 2014 00:00:00 GMT Civic Health and the Economy: Making the Connection http://ncoc.net/index.php?tray=content&tid=2kctop2&cid=114jb400 Multiple studies over the past several years point to a compelling truth: there is a strong relationship between civic health and a thriving economy. This report attempts to weave together the most interesting studies into a story about how communities become healthier when more people are civically engaged. Wed, 18 Sep 2013 00:00:00 GMT 9/11 Day of Service and Rememberance http://ncoc.net/index.php?tray=content&tid=2kctop2&cid=114jb395 Twelve years ago, tragedy struck our nation. How did Americans respond? We rallied like never before, supporting emergency responders, lending our neighbors a helping hand, and answering calls to service. Every year since, 9/11 has become a day of service – a time to reflect on our loss but also a time to take action, to strengthen our communities. Read on for some ideas on how you can observe 9/11. Tue, 10 Sep 2013 00:00:00 GMT Is it Time to Break Open the Piggy Bank? http://ncoc.net/index.php?tray=content&tid=2kctop2&cid=114jb386 Giving is on the rise, albeit very, very slowly. The nonprofit sector relies heavily on donations from individuals who made up 72% of contributors in 2012. Are we dependent on individuals in order to reach pre-recession levels of giving? Do individuals have a responsibility to give Tue, 23 Jul 2013 00:00:00 GMT Volunteering as a Pathway to Employment http://ncoc.net/index.php?tray=content&tid=2kctop2&cid=114jb368 NCoC believes that when our citizens are engaged, our communities are stronger and more resilient—and we have data to back it up. Exciting new research released today by our colleagues at the Corporation for National and Community Service further illuminates how civic life is a critical pathway to economic opportunity. Tue, 18 Jun 2013 00:00:00 GMT My Six Month Anniversary http://ncoc.net/index.php?tray=content&tid=2kctop2&cid=114jb356 After six months of hard work, Executive Director Ilir Zherka shares an update of NCoC’s progress. Thu, 02 May 2013 00:00:00 GMT Because You Do the Things You Do http://ncoc.net/index.php?tray=content&tid=2kctop2&cid=114jb344 What is the economic value of an hour of volunteer time? While those who volunteer are, by definition, not in it for the money, attaching a monetary worth to the effort helps us put in perspective the immense value of the contributions people make every day of the year to the lives of others. Yet most volunteers, like those described in this post, will tell you that the real story is not what they gave but what they got from the experience. Tue, 02 Apr 2013 00:00:00 GMT Get Ready for Global Youth Service Day, April 26-28 http://ncoc.net/index.php?tray=content&tid=2kctop2&cid=114jb339 Global Youth Service Day celebrates and mobilizes the millions of young people who improve their communities each day of the year through service. Read more about GYSD and how you can get involved here. Mon, 25 Mar 2013 00:00:00 GMT Volunteering and Civic Life in America 2012 By the Numbers http://ncoc.net/index.php?tray=content&tid=2kctop2&cid=114jb334 High levels of neighbor engagement means strong communities. How often do we talk with one another, help each other out, and how much do we trust the people in our communities? Our latest data shows there’s room to grow. Thu, 14 Mar 2013 00:00:00 GMT