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About Us

Our Vision Statement

National service, volunteerism, and civic engagement are the foundation for caring communities and a thriving Washington.

Our Mission Statement

Serve Washington advances national service, volunteerism and civic engagement to improve lives; expands opportunity to meet the local critical needs of residents of Washington; and strengthens community capacity while creating healthy and resilient communities.

Established in February 1994, Serve Washington is charged with the following duties per Executive Order #16-08:

  • Comply with federal requirements pertaining to State Commissions on National and Community Service, authorized by 42 U.S.C. § 12638 and the National and Community Service Trust Act of 1990 as amended by the Serve America Act;
  • Seek additional sources of non-federal funds, especially private funds, to meet matching requirements and build upon existing service initiatives;
  • Provide recommendations to the Governor pertaining to legislative or policy initiatives that promote the ethic of service;
  • Identify existing and new policies or practices that lead to the expansion of national service opportunities in Washington and support federal programs and efforts that expand national service; and
  • Provide the leadership and vision, alongside local volunteer organizations, civic and community groups, and units of government, to make service a part of the lives of all Washingtonians.

Here's how Serve Washington relates to the Corporation for National & Community Service (CNCS) and the various streams of service:

Diagram showing heirarchy of Americorps organizations: Corporation for National & Community Service (CNCS) Washington, D.C. 	AmeriCorps National Multi-State 	CNCS State Office Seattle, AmeriCorps VISTA Statewide 		Senior Corps Statewide 	Serve Washington Olympia, WA 		AmeriCorps State Statewide 			Subgrantees