For decades, Americans have been called to national service. During the Great Depression, the Civilian Conservation Corps served as an early example of what dedicated citizens could accomplish. The creation of the Peace Corps in 1961 provided new avenues for service. Since the 1960s, an expanding network of national service programs has developed into present-day AmeriCorps and AmeriCorps Seniors. Service members in these programs commit their time and talents to addressing critical needs such as addressing issues of poverty, sustaining national parks, improving disaster resiliency, assisting seniors, mentoring students, and increasing academic success. Many thousands of Americans throughout the country participate in these programs every year, taking on the responsibility of tackling many community needs. You can learn more about the history an purpose of national service at AmeriCorps.gov.