Serving DC through a Lifestyle of Volunteerism
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.
Each year, Serve DC awards more than $2 million in AmeriCorps grants to District-based nonprofit organizations, schools and universities to strengthen organizational capacity and create and expand programs that fight poverty and advance economic opportunity and academic achievement. Serve DC funds more than one-third of the 1,400 AmeriCorps members who serve at more than 60 community-based organizations in every Ward of the District. Since 1994, more than 4,300 District residents have served more than 6 million hours through national service initiatives, qualifying for more than more than $11.8 million in education awards. AmeriCorps is a CNCS program that provides citizens with opportunities to make an ongoing, intensive commitment to service.
As the DC Commission, Serve DC manages a portfolio of District-based AmeriCorps programs that receive awards through its annual AmeriCorps grant competitions. Serve DC also provides organizations receiving or interested in receiving AmeriCorps funding with ongoing support including: program development and training; conferences and workshops on project planning, partnership development, and program, financial and member management; and technical assistance and working groups to specifically ensure the inclusion and active participation of individuals with disabilities and seniors in national service programs in the District.
In addition to grant awards, Serve DC is tasked with developing a three-year strategic plan that outlines goals and objectives for addressing authentic community needs through volunteer service in the District. Read the 2013-15 DC State Service Plan.