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Reports and Publications

Connecting through Service

Anyone who volunteers knows the joy and satisfaction that comes from service, because selfless acts not only help the individuals being served, but also benefit those providing the service. Recent studies from the Corporation for National and Community Service found that those serving make connections and learn valuable skills that can help them find a job later. National service is a victory for all involved. Please read the 2013 Annual Report to learn about the statewide accomplishments, our special initiatives, and stories of service in Washington State.

Previous Annual Reports

Volunteering as a Pathway to Employment

click on to link to cncs webpage for full report on volunteering as a pathway to employmentCan volunteering be the difference-maker in your next interview? New, ground-breaking research from the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) provides evidence of a relationship between volunteering and finding employment. "Volunteering as a Pathway to Employment" provides the most compelling empirical research to date establishing an association between volunteering and employment in the United States.

A few key findings:

  • Volunteers have a 27 percent higher likelihood of finding a job after being out of work than non-volunteers
  • Volunteers without a high school diploma have a 51 percent higher likelihood of finding employment
  • Volunteers living in rural areas have a 55 percent higher likelihood of finding employment

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Engaging the Disabled in National Service

The Washington Commission for National and Community Service encourages making national service opportunities more inclusive for those of all abilities by promoting national service programs to members of the disability community and granting support for reasonable accommodations when requested. Based on feedback from the field, there was a need to better understand what the barriers are for members with disabilities to serve, and what actions are required by our State Commission and by national service programs to alleviate or eliminate these barriers. "Engaging the Disabled in National Service: Understanding the Barriers and Successful Strategies to Enlisting Disabled Veterans, Older Adults, and Students in Service" is a study designed to gain a better understanding of existing barriers and the factors necessary to make such programs successful. This report identifies programs and service options for disabled veterans, older adults including veterans over 55, and kindergarten through university students that have proven successful.

Service to Country - Service to Community

In 2009, the Washington Commission for National and Community Service partnered with the Washington Department of Veterans Affairs to launch the first CNCS-funded Vet Corps program in the nation to engage veterans in AmeriCorps national service positions. Service is used as a strategy in which veterans’ mission continues through their civilian national service experience enabling them to make a positive difference in communities across Washington State while aiding their reintegration back into the community following their military service. To shed light on the potentially beneficial role that the Vet Corps program might play in the life of an Operation Iraqi Freedom/Operation Enduring Freedom (OIF/OEF) veteran, Christine Bellotti conducted a focus group with three Vet Corps members who served during the inaugural 2009-2010 program year.

AmeriCorps Service Offers Personal and Professional Boost

A survey conducted by VeraWorks, Inc., suggests that AmeriCorps service in Washington State profoundly influences participants' professional and personal direction, aspirations and commitments. Survey respondents of the 2006-2007 service year described AmeriCorps as an intense experience boasting enriching relationships, compelling and intensely rewarding service work, and novel and challenging experiences. Participants reported that the AmeriCorps experience made them more skilled, confident, directed and service-oriented. The findings from this largely qualitative survey are consistent with quantitative studies completed in the last three years.

AmeriCorps Members Gravitate to Jobs in the Public Sector

A study by VeraWorks, Inc., suggests that participants of AmeriCorps in Washington State are more likely than other Washington workers to be employed in sectors focusing on the public good. These sectors are made up of organizations in government, healthcare, elementary and secondary education and nonprofit services. The conclusion originates from a comparison of the fourth quarter, 2005, in-state employment of Washington AmeriCorps 2001-2005 participants to the employment of the overall employed population.

AmeriCorps Readies Members for Educational and Employment Success

Pre- and post-surveys of educational and employment preparedness during the 2005-2006 program year, indicate that serving in Washington State AmeriCorps programs statistically increased participant readiness in the following areas: confidence in their ability to obtain an education, responsibility for educational success, and an increase in basic work skills. A final area, responsibility for employment success, increased for members without a four-year college degree, who made up half of the respondents. As one survey respondent noted, the Washington AmeriCorps experience gives participants "more opportunities to go places."

AmeriCorps Increases Civic Participation

The results of a study of AmeriCorps members serving in Washington State during the 2004-2005 program year indicate that serving in AmeriCorps increases civic engagement. The study finds that one year in AmeriCorps increases participant commitment to community service, community-based activism, knowledge of community problems, connection to community, sense of effectiveness in community service and personal growth. Participants credit AmeriCorps with making them “a deeper kind of patriot than the average American,” “learning a lot about how society works,” and wanting to “get more involved in my community.”

Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) Reports

The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) conducts and supports high quality, rigorous social science evaluation research designed to:

  • Measure the impact of Corporation’s programs and shape policy decisions;

  • Encourage a culture of performance and accountability in national and community service programs;

  • Provide information on volunteering, civic engagement, and volunteer management in nonprofit organizations; and,

  • Assist in the development and assessment of new initiatives and innovative demonstration projects designed to shape future community service policy decisions.

Visit the CNCS website for evaluations, reports and research which support the Corporation's commitment to supporting the American culture of citizenship, service, and responsibility.