National Service Timeline
History of National Service
|1960s||Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP); Foster Grandparent Program; Senior Companion Program
Demonstration projects launched for these three programs to demonstrate the effectiveness of the service model and to engage older Americans in a range of service activities.
|1964||VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America)
Created by President Lyndon B. Johnson as a part of the "War on Poverty."
|1970s||Senior Service Programs + Peace Corps + VISTA = The ACTION Agency|
|1973||Domestic Volunteer Service Art of 1973
RSVP, Foster Grandparent Program, and Senior Companion Program become authorized through this act.
|1989||Points of Light Foundation
President George H.W. Bush creates the Office of National Service in the White House and the Points of Light Foundation to foster volunteering.
|1990||National and Community Service Act of 1990
Signed by President Bush, the legislation authorizes grants to schools to support service-learning through Serve America and demonstration grants. Learn and Serve America is created.
|1992||AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC) created|
|1993||Corporation for National and Community Service created
AmeriCorps created; Senior Corps incorporates the three senior-focused programs: Foster Grandparents, Senior Companions, and RSVP.
|1994||King Holiday and Service Act of 1994
Congress establishes MLK Day as a national day of service.
|2002||2002 State of the Union Address
After 9/11, President George W. Bush asks all Americans to devote two years or 4,000 hours to volunteer service during their lifetimes.
|2006||President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll
Launched by CNCS to honor the nation's top college and universities for their commitment to community service, civic engagement, and service-learning.
|2007||First Annual AmeriCorps Week
Officially launched in May 2007.
|2009||Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act signed
April 21, 2009: President Barack Obama signs bipartisan law to expand and strengthen national service programs.
|2009||First Annual September 11th Day of Service and Remembrance|
|2010||Social Innovation Fund launched
Ensures that high-impact nonprofits are able to attract the resources they need to grow and improve the economic, education and health prospects of low-income communities.
|2011||5-Year Strategic Plan
The plan details specific objectives, strategies and performance measures, which determine how CNCS will evaluate success over the next five years.
|2012||FEMA Corps launched
An innovative new partnership designed to strengthen the nation's ability to respond to and recover from disasters while expanding career opportunities for young people.