The COVID-19 pandemic impacted every aspect of American life, straining public and nonprofit services and exacerbating longstanding inequities. Still, Americans came together, offering help and hope to their communities by supporting immunization clinics, food banks, isolated seniors, and tutoring students to help them stay on track in school. Now, America faces significant economic and social challenges that make service and civic engagement more important than ever.
In partnership with Points of Light, National Conference on Citizenship, and Independent Sector, AmeriCorps is hosting a virtual event to hear from national nonprofit, civic, and education leaders about how Americans positively impacted their communities during the pandemic and how to move forward together to meet our current challenges. The event will feature a fireside chat with Surgeon General Vivek H. Murthy, MD, a research overview, and interactive panel discussion with nonprofit and civic engagement leaders.
AmeriCorps also will share new research from the Civic Engagement and Volunteering Supplement, a biennial survey with comprehensive data on volunteering and civic engagement in America. Conducted in partnership with the U.S. Census Bureau, the research examines national, state, and demographic trends in volunteering and civic life from September 2020-2021, at the height of the coronavirus pandemic.