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.
Washington Celebrates Volunteers!
Volunteer Appreciation Day
Gov. Jay Inslee proclaimed April 21 as Washington Volunteer Appreciation Day.
"I join all Washingtonians in thanking these individuals who contribute tirelessly to their communities. I encourage others to look for opportunities that not only provide valuable experience but also help strengthen our communities and state," Inslee said. To celebrate, the 11th Annual Governor's Volunteer Service Awards recognition event was held at the Executive Mansion in Olympia. This year, 30 of the 39 honorees were in attendance. The honorees represent 14 of Washington's 39 counties and ranged in age from 15 to 82 years.
Salute to Volunteers Night
On the evening of April 21, the Seattle Mariners and Serve Washington hosted the 7th Annual Salute to Volunteers Night at Safeco Field. Pre-game ceremonies included an on-field special tribute to the distinguished volunteers. The ceremonial first pitch was thrown out by 18-year-old Braydon Anderson, a recipient of the 2015 Governor's Volunteer Service Award.
Registration for the 2015 Leadership Forum for National Service Executives is Open!
The Leadership Forum for National Service Executives is offered by the Daniel J. Evans School of Public Affairs and its Cascade Center for Public Service, at the University of Washington, in conjunction with Serve Washington. Tuition for the week-long course is $575. Lodging and meals are the responsibility of the attendee. Registration must be received no later than May 8, 2015. Payment must accompany registration. Early registration is encouraged. Course materials with daily schedules will be mailed to participants the beginning of June.
Washington Ranks 9th for Volunteering
Washington state ranks 9th among the 50 states with 34.6% of Washingtonians volunteering 228.9 million hours of service valued at $5.1 billion. In addition, Seattle ranks 4th among the 51 largest metropolitan statistical areas.
A new federal study shows that 1 in 4 Americans volunteered through an organization and two-thirds helped their neighbors last year. The annual Volunteering and Civic Life in America research, released by the Corporation for National and Community Service and the National Conference on Citizenship, shows that service to others continues to be a priority for millions of Americans. This year's report found that 62.6 million adults (25.4 percent) volunteered through an organization in 2013. Altogether, Americans volunteered nearly 7.7 billion hours last year. The estimated value of this volunteer service is nearly $173 billion, based on the Independent Sector's estimate of the average value of a volunteer hour.
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.
20th Anniversary AmeriCorps Celebration
September 12, 2014 was a significant milestone in national service history - the 20th Anniversary of AmeriCorps, boots on the ground. The nation marked this historic occasion with a simultaneous, nationwide swearing-in ceremony of the next class of AmeriCorps members led by Corporation for National and Community Service CEO Wendy Spencer, President Obama and President Clinton. Serve WA hosted a statewide swearing-in on the north steps of the Capitol building. Approximately 650 AmeriCorps members representing 30 programs were in attendance. AmeriCorps alumni speakers included: State Representative Jessyn Farrell, Miss Seafair Jasmine Goodwin and Serve WA Chair Nicole Trimble. Also in attendance were current and former commissioners, FEMA Corps, Peace Corps, VISTA, Linh Thai with Congressman Adam Smith, and First Lady Trudi Inslee who led the AmeriCorps pledge. To view all event photos, visit: http://www.lssphotos.com/americorps
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.