Michigan National Service Directory launched online

The Michigan Community Service Commission (MCSC), the state's lead agency on service and volunteerism, today announced the launch of a new online tool - the Michigan National Service Directory. Available on the MCSC homepage (through the button located on the right-hand toolbar) , the website compiles information about AmeriCorps, Learn and Serve, and Senior Corps programs across the state of Michigan for interested users.

The MCSC created the tool in an effort to connect interested individuals with respective national service programs in their area and to assist current national service programs with member recruitment. It also allows national service program staff and members to quickly identify the different groups and organizations in their area that have a similar programmatic focus for the purpose of establishing collaborative partnerships.

''By visiting the Michigan National Service Directory, users will have an outlet for understanding the expansive scope of national service programs in our state,'' said Paula Kaiser VanDam, executive director of the MCSC. ''We believe this Directory is an ideal resource for connecting more Michigan citizens with AmeriCorps, Learn and Serve, and Senior Corps service opportunities.''

Data on the Michigan National Service Directory includes all AmeriCorps*State, AmeriCorps*VISTA, AmeriCorps* National, Learn and Serve School-Based, Foster Grandparents, RSVP, and Senior Companion programs in the state. Users are able to search by their city or county, by service program, and/or by program focus/issue area. Each search will provide relevant contact information for each national service program listed.

The Michigan National Service Directory is one of the first comprehensive online tools in the country to compile all relevant national service data into one place.

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Published: Thu, Aug 5, 2010

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