The Corps Network to Host 2nd Annual Day of Service in the Nation’s Capital

WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Friday, June 19th, The Corps Network will lead its 2nd Annual Day of Service in the Nation’s Capital as part of national Great Outdoors Month.  

Following a morning kick-off event with inspirational speakers, volunteers will work on service projects at National Park Service sites including the Franklin D. Roosevelt Memorial, Rock Creek Park, and Theodore Roosevelt Island. The event seeks to raise awareness about the importance of environmental conservation and the role service can play in protecting America's natural spaces.

The event will begin at the Franklin D. Roosevelt Memorial. President Roosevelt launched the Civilian Conservation Corps: a model for the present day Service and Conservation Corps programs that comprise the membership of The Corps Network and also participate in the 21st Century Conservation Service Corps Initiative. Corpsmembers from across the country will participate, as well as friends and partners of The Corps Network.  

Invited speakers for the morning event include U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, Corporation for National & Community Service CEO Wendy Spencer, U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell, and 2015 Corpsmember of the Year Graciela Billingsley.

“Americans have a long history of conserving nature, our parks, and greenspaces through service. We hope the Day of Service in the Nation’s Capital continues that tradition and inspires new generations to serve in their own communities,” said Mary Ellen Sprenkel, President & CEO of The Corps Network.

Members of the media are invited to participate in the event and speak with Corpsmembers who have traveled to the Day of Service from across the nation. These Corpsmembers represent the 23,000 young people, ages 16-25, who annually enroll in Corps and receive job training, academic programming, leadership skills, and additional support while participating in service projects that tackle some of America’s greatest challenges.

To participate

A sign-up form and additional information for the event can be found at www.corpsnetwork.org/day-of-service. Transportation to project sites and lunches will be provided for participants.

Outdoor enthusiasts nationwide are encouraged to post photos, videos, and other content highlighting their own service on June 19th using the hashtag #GOserve and more broadly highlight their outdoor enjoyment, appreciation, and adventures with the hashtag #getoutdoors throughout June.                                                                       

About The Corps Network

The Corps Network provides critical leadership to the Corps movement and our nation’s Service and Conservation Corps as they harness the power of youth and young adults to tackle some of America’s greatest challenges and transform their own lives.

Our 100+ members operate in all states and the District of Columbia. Each year they collectively enroll approximately 23,000 Corpsmembers from ages 16-25. Corps are comprehensive youth development programs that provide their participants with job training, academic programming, leadership skills, and additional support through a strategy of service that improves communities and the environment. Learn more at www.corpsnetwork.org

Media Contact:

Levi Novey, Director of Communications & Marketing
Phone: 202.737.6272
Email: lnovey@corpsnetwork.org