In 1993, the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) was established under the National and Community Service Trust Act of 1993 to connect Americans of all ages and backgrounds with opportunities to give back to their communities and their nation. CNCS merged the work and authorities of two predecessor agencies, ACTION and the Commission on National and Community Service.
CNCS empowers and supports Americans to tackle persistent challenges such as helping youth succeed in school, securing safe affordable housing for economically disadvantaged families, or helping communities respond to disasters. Through this work, CNCS achieves its mission of improving lives, strengthening communities and fortifying the civic health of our nation.
At its inception, CNCS was directed to manage three main programs:
- AmeriCorps, which incorporated the longstanding VISTA program, the new National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC) program, and the new AmeriCorps State and National program, the full-time demonstration program that had been established under the National and Community Service Act of 1990
- Senior Corps, which incorporated the Foster Grandparent, Senior Companion, and RSVP programs
- Learn and Serve America, formerly known as Serve America
AmeriCorps and Senior Corps members serve at more than 50,000 locations across the country to meet community needs related to education, health, energy and conservation, economic development, veterans and military families, and disaster services.
CNCS is part of our nation’s history of commitment to building a culture of citizenship, service, and responsibility. For more information on the history of CNCS, see the National Service Timeline. For a list of acronyms related to national service, see the Acronyms section.
 Effective in 2011, the Learn and Service America program is no longer operating.