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Advancing a Culture of Service Through Grassroots Action

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Photo courtesy of ServeNext
Congressman Leonard Boswell from Iowa with the ServeNext Des Moines Network.

This is guest post by Zach Maurin of ServeNext, founded in 2007. It's based in Washington, DC with Networks nationwide. It's mission is to use the power of grassroots action to advance volunteerism, service, and AmeriCorps as strategies to tackle our most pressing social challenges and strengthen our democracy.

ServeNext is now accepting applications for our 2011 Class of ServeNext Organizers

Imagine if just a portion of the millions who are passionate about national and community service became advocates and local movement-builders on behalf of those organizations. The passion for social change, the knowledge of what communities need, and the vast numbers of people mobilized together - combine these factors and this is a serious force for progress. was founded four years ago to seize this opportunity. We believe that service programs, which harness the energy and idealism of ordinary Americans to solve community problems, should be a priority for our nation and our nation's decision makers. The scope of the challenges facing our nation is big, but so is the number of people who want to help solve them.

We are looking for community leaders nationwide who share this belief to apply to be a 2011 ServeNext Organizer. Organizers will use the power of grassroots action advance service organizations and related policy so that more people can serve.

It's an exciting opportunity: Organizers attend two expenses-paid training retreats, gain tremendous leadership experience, and receive a $3,000 stipend. The position is designed to accommodate the schedules of working professionals (10 hours/week for 12 months).

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