National service, volunteerism, and civic engagement are the foundation for caring communities and a thriving Washington.
Serve Washington advances national service, volunteerism and civic engagement to improve lives, expands opportunities to meet the local critical needs of residents of Washington and strengthens community capacity while creating healthy and resilient communities.
We believe that national service and volunteerism have the potential to break down social barriers and contribute to alleviating generational poverty when principles of diversity, equity and inclusion are embraced. We strive to provide all Washingtonians an opportunity to contribute their full measure of talent and perspective through service, and work to support national service programs and volunteer leaders to create and support a service network that practices cultural awareness and humility.
To meet this value, national and volunteer programs must include the full participation, inclusion, engagement and empowerment of individuals from different races, ethnicities, genders, gender identities, sexual orientations, national origins, ages, socioeconomic backgrounds, abilities, religious beliefs, political beliefs, ideologies and other attributes that make us human. We strive to build a service culture where inclusiveness is a reflex, not an initiative, and the lived experiences that make us human are honored.