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Flint National Service Accelerator

About the National Service Accelerator

Inspired by the national call to make a year of full-time national service a cultural expectation, common opportunity, and civic rite of passage for every young American, Flint has committed to being a demonstration site for what that looks like at the local level. Local leaders outlined a commitment to have 200 national service members in Flint, a ten-fold increase, by 2019. These members serve as the boots-on-the-ground to meet the community-identified vision outlined in the Flint Master Plan. 

The community's strategy to increase the number and effectiveness of national service members is led by the Flint National Service Accelerator, housed at the United Way of Genesee County. This model supports organizations and members, provides coordination for recruitment, and advises the National Service Fund at the Community Foundation of Greater Flint to help organizations offset the costs of hosting members. This unique model has led to tremendous results and is being looked upon as a model for other communities. Flint was named in the first cohort of Service Year Impact Communities through Service Year Alliance

Some of Flint's national service programs include: Flint Community School Corps, Flint Urban Safety Corps, Flint Recovery Corps, Boys and Girls Club VISTA Program, City of Flint Master Plan Implementation VISTA Program, FoodCorps, Coach Across America, Senior Corps RSVP, AmeriCorps LISC, the Genesee County Opioid Abuse Prevention VISTA Program and more. 

Accelerator Evaluation

Recently, the Accelerator teamed with the Social Policy Research Associates to complete an evaluation of the Accelerator model. Check out the results here or click on one of the individual reports below!

Awesome Videos

Want to learn more about the Flint National Service Accelerator and how the model helped the community respond to the Flint Water Crisis? Check out this video:

Take a peek at this video to see how much Flint loves AmeriCorps national service members!  

Our national service expansion is guided by a Framework which can be accessed here

Media Highlights 

"Flint National Service Accelerator Unleases the Energy of Young People to Heal a City in Distress" - Charles Stewart Mott Foundation 

"Rewriting the Narrative About Flint, Michigan" - Huffington Post Blog 

"National Service Agency Announces $1.3 Million in New AmeriCorps Commitments to Support City of Flint" - Corporation for National and Community Service

"Detroit Red Wings Help Clean Flint" - mLive Media Group

"Flint's Community Education Initiative Expanding, Reaching Out to Younger Crowd" - ABC 12

"Blight Elimination is Goal of AmeirCorps members in Mid-Michigan" - ABC12

"Angie McChristian of Flint: An AmeriCorps Army of One and One of Many" - Flintside

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Support Provided by the

Flint National Service Accelerator:

Enhancing national service and volunteerism in Flint

Technical Assistance to Organizations

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

**​If you're an organization looking to utilize national service to increase your impact, contact Jenny.**

​Support for Members & Alumni

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

**​Are you ready to serve the Flint community?**

​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 contacting Jenny at jmcardle@unitedwaygenesee.org

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.

Images courtesy of nationalservice.gov.


Contact the National Service Accelerator

Jennifer McArdle
United Way of Genesee County
111 E. Court St., Suite 3A
Flint, MI 48501