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.
Accepting Nominations for Governor's Volunteer Service Awards
Do you know an outstanding volunteer - someone who devotes incredible energy to making your community and our state a better place to live? How about a national service member whose volunteer service goes above and beyond the requirements of the designated program? What about a well-run program at an organization, business or corporation that supports volunteerism? If so, you can help them get the recognition they deserve. We are pleased to announce the nomination guidelines and online nomination form for 2016 Governor's Volunteer Service Awards are now available!
- February 26, 2016 - Nominations due.
- March 18, 2016 - Recipients selected and notified.
- April 11, 2016 - Serve Washington will host a ceremony in the morning to honor recipients at the Executive Mansion in Olympia.
- April 11, 2016 - Seattle Mariners Salute to Volunteers Night on-field pre-game ceremony to honor recipients.
Join us for the Seattle Mariners Salute to Volunteers Night!
Were you one of the millions of Americans who volunteered their time last year? If so, the Seattle Mariners and Serve Washington want to thank you for your service at a special night just for volunteers on Monday, April 11. To buy tickets or more information, please visit: Mariners.com/Volunteer and enter the promo code: Volunteer. Deadline to purchase: Friday, April 8.
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.