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 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.
Washington Celebrates Volunteer Appreciation Day
To recognize the countless acts of service performed by one of Washington's most valuable assets – its volunteers – Gov. Jay Inslee proclaimed April 21 as Washington Volunteer Appreciation Day and urged "all people in our state to join me in recognizing and supporting those who volunteer and serve." To celebrate, the Tenth Annual Governor's Volunteer Service Awards were presented to 44 honorees by Gov. Inslee and First Lady Trudi Inslee in a ceremony at the Executive Residence. These outstanding volunteers ranged in age from 16 to 101 years young and represented 17 of Washington's 39 counties. Volunteers were nominated by AmeriCorps, Citizen Corps, Senior Corps programs and volunteer centers from across the state.
Salute to Volunteers Night
On the evening of April 21, the Seattle Mariners and the Washington Commission for National and Community Service hosted the sixth annual Salute to Volunteers Night. Pre-game ceremonies included an on-field tribute to the 44 distinguished volunteers. The ceremonial first pitch was thrown by 16 year-old Angela Phommavong, this year's youngest recipient of the 2014 Governor's Volunteer Service Award.
Mayors Day of Recognition for National Service
The nation's mayors are increasingly turning to national service as a cost-effective strategy to address city challenges. By unleashing the power of citizens, AmeriCorps and Senior Corps programs have a positive and lasting impact – making our cities better places to live. To spotlight the impact of national service and thank those who serve, mayors across the country and the state of Washington will participate in the second-annual Mayors Day of Recognition for National Service on April 1, 2014. Participating mayors will issue Proclamations, hold public events, and use traditional and social media to highlight the value and impact of national service to the nation's cities.
Last year, 832 mayors representing nearly 100 million citizens participated in the inaugural Mayors Day of Recognition for National Service. In 2014, 1,542 mayors have already signed on — including 15 from Washington: Arlington, Bellingham, Bremerton, Duvall, Ellensburg, Federal Way, Lacey, Longview, Mukilteo, Seattle, Spokane, Tacoma Vancouver, Wenatchee and Yakima. By shining the spotlight on the impact of service and thanking those who serve, mayors hope to inspire more residents to get involved in their communities.
Washington Volunteers Rank 9th in the Country; Seattle Ranks 4th
Volunteers in Washington demonstrated their commitment to improving their communities in a variety of ways last year and ranked 9th among top states, according to the Volunteering and Civic Life in America (VCLA) report released on December 16, 2013. More than 1.95 million Washingtonians (35% of the state's population) served 254 million total hours, which is valued at $5.8 billion. Seattle ranked 4th among the 51 largest metropolitan statistical areas and was first in the young adult category with 32.6% of young adults ages 16-24 volunteering. The VCLA data is part of the most comprehensive study of volunteering and civic engagement across the country. The annual report is issued by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) in partnership with the National Council on Citizenship, the U.S. Census Bureau, and the Bureau for Labor Statistics as part of CNCS' efforts to expand the reach and impact of America's volunteers. To view the full report, visit: http://www.volunteeringinamerica.gov/.
AmeriCorps Kicks Off Year:
A Call to Service
On October 18, 2013 an enthusiastic crowd of 800 AmeriCorps members gathered at the Seattle Center to pledge their personal commitment to "get things done" for America during their year of service in Washington State. Speakers at the event were former or returning AmeriCorps members sharing their experiences and the impact serving has had in their lives. Following the swearing in ceremony, 84 members participated in an outdoor service project organized by EarthCorps at Southwest Queen Anne Greenbelt near downtown Seattle and 300 members received disaster preparedness training offered by Tracy Connelly from the City of Seattle. During their service year, AmeriCorps members' efforts will focus on disaster services, economic opportunity, education, environmental stewardship, healthy futures, and veterans and military families.
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.
Are you ready to make a difference in your life and in the lives of those around you? We’re looking for heroes – 1,000 heroes who want to join the ranks of more than 75,000 individuals who are currently getting things done for their community and country through AmeriCorps. AmeriCorps is a real-life education and work experience wrapped into one.
Whether you’re tutoring children; building homes; rehabilitating trails and streams; recruiting volunteers; or participating in any of the hundreds of other goal-oriented AmeriCorps projects, you will see results and know that you made a difference. As a member, you’ll learn teamwork, leadership, and responsibility; but perhaps the greatest lesson is learning the importance of incorporating service into your life. AmeriCorps offers a variety of both full-time and part-time service opportunities for anyone who is willing to do something special, something exciting, something heroic. Learn more...