National service, volunteerism, and civic engagement are the foundation for caring communities and a thriving Washington.
Serve Washington advances national service, volunteerism and civic engagement to improve lives; expands opportunity to meet the local critical needs of residents of Washington; and strengthens community capacity while creating healthy and resilient communities.
AmeriCorps and Veterans
We invite all veterans to check out Stars and Stripes Transition Magazine featuring "AmeriCorps A Bridge to Your Future Career and Community" to learn how serving in AmeriCorps following military service can be a bridge to returning to civilian life. This article includes how two Washington state programs, Vet Corps and VetsWork are supporting veteran reintegration and long-term employment.
These grants will support 1,474 AmeriCorps members across the state serving with 19 organizations. Of the total amount, $15.1 million will be directed to Serve Washington to subgrant awards to 17 nonprofit organizations and public agencies across the state. Funds will engage 1,360 AmeriCorps members in service. More information and the list of organizations receiving an award can be found in the press release. Additionally, Senators Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell issued a joint press release.
Volunteer Appreciation Day and Recipients of 2016 Governor's Volunteer Service Awards
To kick off National Volunteer Week (April 10-16) and in honor of recipients of 2016 Governor's Volunteer Service Awards, Gov. Jay Inslee has proclaimed April 11 Volunteer Appreciation Day. On this day, First Lady Trudi Inslee will join Serve Washington to present awards to recipients at the Executive Mansion. In the evening, the Seattle Mariners and Serve Washington will host Salute to Volunteers Night where recipients will be recognized during an on-field pre-game ceremony. This is a special night designed for all volunteers.
Washington Ranks 11th for Volunteering; Seattle Ranks 7th
Volunteering and Civic Life in America 2015 reports volunteering remains strong.
WA Trends and Highlights Overview
Overall, in Washington in 2014:
- 32.9% of residents volunteer, ranking them 11th among the 50 states and Washington, DC.
- 1.61 million volunteers
- 28.2 volunteer hours per capita
- 155.3 million hours of service
- $3.6 billion of service contributed
- 58.2% of WA residents donate $25 or more to charity
Overall, in Seattle in 2014:
- 32.5% of residents volunteer, ranking them 7th among the 51 largest Metropolitan Statistical Areas
- 837,200 volunteers
- 25.7 volunteer hours per capita
- 121.9 million hours of service
- $1.7 billion of service contributed
- 60.7% of residents donate $25 or more to charity
Join Serve Washington as an Employer of National Service
"If you're an employer who wants to hire talented, dedicated, patriotic, skilled, tireless, energetic workers, look to AmeriCorps, look to the Peace Corps... Citizens who perform national service are special. You want them on your team."
- President Obama
The Corporation for National and Community Service launched an exciting new opportunity to improve engagement while energizing the workforce - Employers of National Service. President Obama launched this initiative as part of the AmeriCorps 20th anniversary celebration in Washington, D.C., in September. Employers of National Service is designed to connect AmeriCorps and Peace Corps alumni with leading employers from the private, public, and nonprofit sectors. Organizations that become Employers of National Service gain access to 1.1 million Americans who have participated in AmeriCorps and the Peace Corps. The full list of participating employers can be viewed at NationalService.gov/Employers.