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.
Inslee announces AmeriCorps grants to Washington organizations
The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) awarded funding to organizations in Washington through the FY 2015 AmeriCorps State/National grant competition.
Grant Summary for Washington
- Total Funding Amount: $15.6 million
- Total Education Awards Funded: $7.9 million
- Total Number of Organizations Funded: 17
- Total Number of AmeriCorps Members Funded: 1,433
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.