For nonprofits it is important to recruit talent and create opportunities to help individuals gain valuable skills that will help them today and in the future. That’s why I am so excited about the Employers of National Service Initiative. For nonprofits it is a way of benefitting from the talent pipeline of AmeriCorps and the Peace Corps Alumni. By recruiting from this valuable pool, nonprofits will have access to dedicated, highly qualified potential employees who already understand the work and value of nonprofits in Michigan and around the country.
Here at MNA we already know the value of the National Service Alumni. Over the years we have hired a number of alumni including current colleagues Chelsea Martin, Jennifer McArdle, Melissa Steward, and Nellie Tsai.
We also know that many of our member nonprofits have hired employees who are National Service Alumni to become a part of their talented staffs. We have already seen the benefit of National Service Alumni. And in September of 2014, as a part of the commemoration of the 20th anniversary of AmeriCorps, President Barack Obama launched the Employers of National Service Initiative.
The Corporation for National and Community Service, which administers AmeriCorps, is leading this effort along with its partners, the Peace Corps, AmeriCorps Alums, and the Franklin Project. As announced on Sept. 12, 2014, there are two dozen charter Employers of National Service. Any employer that signs up to participate by Dec. 31, 2014, will be considered a charter Employer of National Service.
As you consider hiring skilled, committed talent for your organization, don’t overlook the National Service Alumni. If you would like more information on how to get in on the ground floor of this opportunity and tap into this pool, go to http://www.nationalservice.gov/special-initiatives/employers-national-service.