The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) - the federal agency that administers AmeriCorps, VISTA, and Senior Corps - recently celebrated its 25th anniversary. To commemorate this milestone, ServeOhio staff joined the CNCS Ohio State Office staff in a service project to pick up trash and litter along the Olentangy River. We partnered with Friends of the Lower Olentangy Watershed (FLOW) , a nonprofit group whose mission is to keep the Olentangy River and its tributaries clean and safe for all to enjoy through public education, volunteer activities, and coordination with local decision-makers. The area of the river where we focused our service was the confluence of the Olentangy and Scioto rivers. This area had large amounts of trash that had been washed up from the river as well as trash, clothing, blankets, and other items left behind by people experiencing homelessness. All told, we were able to collect almost 60 bags of trash. It was wonderful to partner with the CNCS State Office to get our hands dirty and participate in meaningful service. Too often, we are stuck in the office managing the administrative operations of national service programs and forget to take time to immerse ourselves in hands-on service. At the end of the day, we were all tired, sweaty, and dirty, but also rejuvenated, inspired, and reminded that what our programs and members do everyday matters. It was a great feeling to do direct service that physically improves and strengthens our community. We’re proud to have been a part of the national service family for the past 25 years. We look forward to another 25 years of positive impact on our community, state, and country.