Program of the Month
Urban Leaders in Training
Urban Leaders in Training provides intensive year-long service and leadership development experiences to emerging leaders in our community. Through Urban Leaders in Training, Northwest Leadership Foundation seeks to transform program participants from individuals with good intentions into a community of leaders who are equipped to effectively serve urban communities and those living on the margins. Read More...
Washington Honors Senior Corps Week
Governor Jay Inslee proclaims May 6-10, 2013 as Senior Corps Week. This is an opportunity to thank Senior Corps volunteers, which includes RSVP, Senior Companions, and Foster Grandparents, for their service and recognize their positive impact to our communities.
Volunteer Appreciation Week
To recognize Washington's 44 recipients of the 2013 Governor's Volunteer Service Award, First Lady Trudi Inslee hosted the ninth annual ceremony on April 25 at the Governor's Mansion. Acting Executive Director Debbie Schuffenhauer joined the First Lady to present the awards to honorees. The ceremony also included Bill Basl, National Director of AmeriCorps, Corporation for National and Community Service and Nicole Trimble, Chair of the Washington Commission for National and Community Service. The recipients were nominated by AmeriCorps programs, Citizen Corps Councils, Senior Corps and volunteer centers from across the state. See the program for a description on each recipient. You can see additional photos of the event at Serve Washington's Facebook page.
Salute to Volunteers Night
In honor of National Volunteer Week, the Seattle Mariners and the Washington Commission for National and Community Service joined together for a special night for volunteers at the 5th Annual Salute to Volunteers Night at Safeco Field, April 25, 2013. A pre-game ceremony included a special tribute to the men and women of the state of Washington that have distinguished themselves for volunteer service to the community. Twenty-seven of the 44 recipients of the 2013 Governor's Volunteer Service Award in attendance represent a cross section of the estimated 1.83 million adults that donated time last year valued at $4.9 billion in the state. The ceremonial first pitch was thrown out by 10-year old Levi DeWeber of Connell, the youngest recipient of the Governor's 2013 Volunteer Service Award. The more "experienced" honoree, 93-year old Grace Hanson of Renton, also attended. The M's won the game against Los Angeles Angels 6-0.
Volunteering Reaches Five Year High - Washington Breaks Into Top Ten
Washington's volunteers demonstrated their commitment to improving their communities and ranked 9th among the 50 states, according to the Volunteering and Civic Life in America (VCLA) report. In Washington State, 1.83 million volunteers served more than 223 million total hours valued at $4.6 billion.
To read the full report, visit: Volunteering in America.
Building a Shared Legacy of Service
The Washington Commission for National and Community Service has a growing history of bringing about change in communities through service activities. Hundreds of communities and organizations have benefited from the dedication of AmeriCorps members, and as a result the lives of many have been changed for the better. While serving in a variety of programs, AmeriCorps members learn the skills or gain the confidence that lead them to exciting new endeavors – often while retaining a life-long ethic of service. Please read the 2011 Annual Report to learn about the statewide accomplishments from the 2010-11 program year, our special initiatives, and stories of service in Washington 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...