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Twenty years after the signing of the legislation creating AmeriCorps, nearly 1,000 supporters and alumni gathered today to recognize the transforming impact the national service program has had on communities and the lives of those who have served.
The anniversary tribute featured reflections from Members of Congress, testimonials by current and former AmeriCorps members, a new “AmeriCorps Turns 20” video, and stories from some of the original architects who helped design and launch the program 20 years ago.
President Clinton signed the bipartisan National and Community Service Trust Act on September 21, 1993, creating AmeriCorps and uniting VISTA, Senior Corps, and other service programs under a new federal agency, the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS). Since then, more 820,000 men and women have served in AmeriCorps, providing more than 1 billion hours of service addressing critical challenges from poverty and hunger to disasters and the dropout crisis