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About Serve DC

Mayor Gray with volunteers

Serve DC – The Mayor’s Office on Volunteerism is the District of Columbia Government agency dedicated to promoting service as an innovative, sustainable solution to pressing social challenges.

Serve DC engages District communities by building partnerships and organizational capacity, leading local and national volunteer and service initiatives, and providing and promoting meaningful service opportunities. Serve DC supports communities across the District through federal grant funds from the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) and the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

Serve DC engages District communities and residents through the following program areas:

Emergency Preparedness

Serve DC works to ensure all District communities are prepared in the event of an emergency. Serve DC provides critical volunteer support – including managing the coordination of volunteers, volunteer services and donations – to the District’s official emergency response effort. Serve DC also recruits and engages District residents to respond and assist in the event of an emergency and provides free training opportunities to ensure residents play a leading role in making their communities safer, stronger and better prepared to address threats of terrorism, crime and disasters.

National Service

Serve DC is the DC Commission on National and Community Service, one of more than 50 State Service Commissions that administer federal Corporation for National and Community Service funds and coordinate national service initiatives in the District. Serve DC manages the AmeriCorps State national service program, which provides ongoing service opportunities and addresses critical community needs.

Volunteerism

Serve DC promotes volunteerism and service across the city with strategic community outreach and engagement. Serve DC manages a portfolio of service days, connects residents with meaningful volunteer opportunities, and establishes partnerships and collaboration among community- and faith-based organizations, the private sector, and local and federal government.