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Wendy Spencer visits HandsOn Suburban Chicago

2013 August 13

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On Monday, August 5th we at HandsOn Suburban Chicago were honored by a visit from Wendy Spencer, the CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service.

“As an organization whose goal is inspire, equip and mobilize volunteers to take action that builds vibrant and prosperous communities, we are grateful to the CNCS for providing support in a variety of ways,” says Mary Fitzgibbons, HandsOn Suburban Chicago’s RSVP Project Director since 1992.
“In addition to sponsoring the Retired and Senior Volunteer program, the Corporation works tirelessly to promote volunteering and service at the national level and has provided our organization with AmeriCorps VISTA member support since 2004.”  
Volunteers in Service To America (VISTA) is a way for people to give a year of service to a nonprofit organization, and in the process serve to alleviate poverty while gaining valuable experience.
Speaking to HandsOn Suburban Chicago staff and AmeriCorps VISTA members, Spencer expressed her appreciation for the work going on in Suburban Chicago, and emphasized the importance volunteering as a pathway to employment. She emphasized a ground-breaking research study that CNCS released in June 2013 that was able to show that volunteering is associated with a 27% higher chance of gaining employment.
Follow Wendy Spencer on Twitter, and read more about her role at CNCS on their website.

 

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