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All across the country, ordinary Americans are doing extraordinary things in their communities to out-innovate, out-educate, and out-build the rest of the world. Every week, we will invite these Champions of Change to the White House to share their ideas to win the future.

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Employers of National Service and AmeriCorps VISTA

Employers of National Service and AmeriCorps VISTA Champions of Change demonstrate how national service creates pathways to economic and employment opportunities.


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Rachel began her work in hunger prevention in 1983 as a VISTA volunteer with Oregon Food Share in Portland. At the end of her VISTA term, Rachel joined the...

Rob Collier currently serves as President of the Council of Michigan Foundations and Vice Chair of the Michigan Community Service Commission. He is a graduate of Hobart College and a Michigan...

Julia Hillengas is representing the City of Philadelphia, which has been a leading Employer of National Service by granting extra points on its civil service exam to AmeriCorps and Peace Corps...

Simon Moore is the founder and Executive Director of College Visions, a Providence, RI, nonprofit that coaches disadvantaged students to enter, succeed in, and graduate from college. Simon was...

Samira Rajan is CEO of Brooklyn Cooperative Federal Credit Union, a certified CDFI that offers affordable and transparent financial products to thousands of low to moderate-income people. She is...

Army Major (Ret.) Frances A. Roberts, from Loranger, LA, became an AmeriCorps VISTA in February of 2014 in Gretna, LA, with the Jefferson Parish Alliance of Concerned Citizens Coalition (JPACC) as...

Julie Roby is representing greeNEWit, which has been a leading corporate Employer of National Service, hiring two national service alumni since becoming a charter member of the initiative. Julie...

After a quarter century long career in radio, Dr. Spencer decided to become an AmeriCorps VISTA at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greensboro, NC where she paired at-risk young men and boys with...

Brian Valdez served as an AmeriCorps VISTA from 2001-2003 in his home city of Philadelphia, PA. After a physical disability prevented him from joining the military, Brian saw VISTA as an...

Karen Vauk is representing The Idaho Foodbank, which has hired three AmeriCorps alumna since becoming an Employer of National Service. Karen, President and CEO since 2009, is focused on furthering...

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