Our vision for Washington State is vibrant and caring neighborhoods and communities strengthened and sustained through service and volunteerism.
We seek to expand the ethic of service throughout Washington State by inviting citizens of all ages and backgrounds to contribute their time and talents to strengthen and promote service and volunteerism as strategies for building healthy communities.
Name changed to Serve Washington
On July 1, 2014, Governor Jay Inslee was surrounded by AmeriCorps members, commissioners and staff as he signed Executive Order #14-06 which changed the name of the Washington Commission for National and Community Service to Serve Washington. In addition, the executive order restructured membership composition and tasked Serve Washington with identifying new policies or practices that will lead to the expansion of national service opportunities in Washington and support the President's Task Force on Expanding National Service. To view photos from the signing ceremony, visit Serve Washington's Facebook page or @ServeWA on Twitter.
Washington Health Benefits Exchange Announces Special Enrollment Period for AmeriCorps Members
July 1, 2014 - Serve Washington is pleased to announce AmeriCorps members (and other national service participants) residing in Washington State who begin service or end service can now access healthcare on the Washington Health Benefits Exchange through a special enrollment period. The full text of this special enrollment period and associated FAQs can be found on the WA Health Benefits Exchange website. Members should carefully follow directions listed under PART I: Those beginning service in or losing coverage through AmeriCorps, VISTA, or National Civilian Community Corps.
Gov. Inslee Announces Major AmeriCorps Grant to Washington Organizations
On May 8, 2014, Governor Jay Inslee announced that Washington has received $15.5 million in AmeriCorps funding from the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS). Of the total amount, $14.6 million will be directed to the Washington Commission for National and Community Service to fund five programs and 1,099 AmeriCorps members. For more information, click on link to press release.
On the national level, the CNCS announced $205 million in grants to support 43,000 AmeriCorps members on the ground to tackle critical challenges in communities across the U.S. For more information, click on the link to the CNCS press release.
AmeriCorps turns 20!
Governor Jay Inslee issued a proclamation designating September 21 as the 20th Anniversary of AmeriCorps. Twenty years ago, during his first year serving in the U.S. Congress, then-Congressman Inslee cast his vote for the National and Community Service Trust Act of 1993 which created AmeriCorps. Since its inception, Washington State has received a total of $212.2 million in AmeriCorps program funding and 21,103 AmeriCorps members have had the opportunity to serve in the Evergreen State.