Flint National Service Accelerator

About the National Service Accelerator

In 2011, leaders from the C.S. Mott Foundation, the Community Foundation of Greater Flint, and the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Flint established the Flint National Service Accelerator. Its mission is to provide techincal assistnace and support to local organizations seeking to obtain AmeriCorps, VISTA, NCCC or Senior Corps member slots. At the same time, the National Service Fund was established at the Community Foundation of Greater Flit to provide funding to aid or assist with the match requirements. The Accelerator got strong support from then-Mayor Dayne Walling, an AmeriCorps alum. 

In 2012, the City of Flint began the task of rewriting its Master Plan, and it was adopted in 2013. The Imagine Flint comprehensive plan envisions service and volunteerism as a strategy for meeting some of the pressing needs in the city. Additionally, the City of Flint Strategic Plan establishes the goal of increasing national service and volunteer engagement each year for the next five years as part of a community-wide effort to build a culture of service that demonstrates how the city and community priorities can be addressed through service solutions.

In 2014, the City of Flint signed on to be a leading demonstration project of the Aspen Institute’s Franklin Project as it seeks to explore what a ten-fold increase in national service members over five years looks like at the community level. For Flint, this means expanding from 25 members to 250 members by 2019. This corps of national service members would be supported and strengthened by a robust volunteer corps of long-term and short-term volunteers dedicating their time and talent to Flint.

In 2015, the National Service Accelerator Initiative moved to the United Way of Genesee County and began developing a 5-year Expansion Framework for scaling up national service and volunteerism in Flint. The Accelerator provides on-going support and professional development to current national service members, technical assistance to host sites and sponsoring organizations, and outreach to community organizations and prospective partners. The Accelerator also provides funding recommendations to the Community Foundation of Greater Flint's National Service Fund and helps celebrate service accomplishments in the city. 

 

Support Provided by the Flint National Service Accelerator 

Enhancing national service and volunteerism in Flint

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Technical Assistance to Organizations

  • National service project development
  • Applying for a member
  • Recruiting and reporting
  • Project implementation and training

​Support for Members & Alumni

  • Monthly gatherings for members
  • Professional development and trainings
  • Alumni network support
  • National Days of Service

​National Service Fund

National service host-site organizations have the opportunity to leverage resources through the Community Foundation of Greater Flint to offset national service member-related expenses. Find out more about the National Service Fund or apply for a grant by clicking here

 

What is National Service?

The Corporation for National and Community Service engages more than 5 million Americans in service each year through Senior Corps and AmeriCorps, helping the nonprofits they serve expand their reach and impact. 

AmeriCorps members may serve through one of three types of AmeriCorps programs. While the majority of AmeriCorps positions are a one year commitment, part-time and summer positions may be available. 

Senior Corps  connects individuals age 55+ with the people and organizations that need them most. Conceived during John F. Kennedy's presidency, Senior Corps currently links more than 360,000 Americans to service opportunities. Senior Corps volunteers may serve through one of three types of programs.

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Contact the National Service Accelerator

Jennifer McArdle
United Way of Genesee County
111 E. Court St., Suite 3A
Flint, MI 48501
​jmcardle@unitedwaygenesee.org 
810-762-5825