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The Georgia Commission for Service and Volunteerism (Georgia Serves) is a part of the GA Department of Community Affairs.

Our Mission 

To promote service and volunteerism in Georgia through AmeriCorps national service grants, community volunteer recognition, and support of local volunteer organizations and efforts. We also serve as a pass-through agency for funds from the Corporation for National and Community Service, a federal agency located in Washington D.C.  The Georgia Legislature created the GCSV in 1994 in response to the National and Community Service Act passed by Congress in 1993. Our board consists of twenty-five members appointed by the Governor.  

Everyone Can Serve

Georgia Serves is the administrator for AmeriCorps State funding in Georgia and awards monetary grants and support to qualifying organizations.  AmeriCorps, “the domestic Peace Corps,” is a National Service program that engages Americans of all ages and backgrounds in team-based, results-driven service.   

Georgia Serves is also dedicated to offering opportunities to individuals with disabilities. We provide reasonable accommodations for eligible and qualified AmeriCorps Members with disabilities and identify volunteer opportunities that are accessible.

"Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on Earth." - Muhammad Ali

 

 

 
   

 

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  • Notice:  10.22.2020

    Please see the NEW funding opportunity that is available to all interested applicants.

    Requirements of AmeriCorps State Grantees

    • Applicants must be an eligible host agency (nonprofit, government agency, etc)
    • Program design must propose to engage 5 -10 (MSY)
    • Programs must address a demonstrated community need.  Federal and state level priority areas are established each year in the Request for Applications
    • Applicants are required to demonstrate community support and the ability to provide cash and/or in-kind match for a percentage of the grant funds
    • Programs must have a plan to engage community volunteers

    Application Timeline

    • Review the Request for Grant Proposals  (RFP) from the GA Commisison to determine if you are interested in applying. 
  • Protecting the health and safety of our AmeriCorps members, program staff, volunteers, and partners is our top priority. We are continuing to closely monitor the situation and follow the latest guidance from federal, state, and local health departments.CNCS is taking steps recommended by the Office of Personnel and Management and the White House Coronavirus Task Force to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

    See the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) and new, program-specific FAQs and resources that can be found at https://www.NationalService.gov/coronavirus.

    As a reminder, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is the best source for information on COVID-19 and what you can to do protect yourself and others.  Also, see the Georgia Department of Public Health for statewide information and events.

    Governor Kemp issued a statewide shelter-in-place order directing all Georgians to remain in their homes except when conducting essential services, traveling to and from work when performing minimum basic operations, or working within “critical infrastructure”.  As the needs of Georgia residents increase due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we appreciate your willingness to help.  There are volunteer opportunities that meet the essential criteria in helping with the COVID-19 pandemic locally, we anticipate these opportunities will increase as needs are identified.  

    We ask that you register as a volunteer and then respond to the needs listed in your local area. Together, we can help communities and individuals overcome challenges and meet the needs of those most vulnerable. We are also collecting ways you virtually volunteer. There are also many funding options for you to donate to.

    Thank you for your willingness to serve during this difficult time.

  • AmeriCorps Week, March 8-14, 2020, is a celebration of all things AmeriCorps – from the programs and organizations that make this national service initiative possible in communities across the country, to the members who have pledged to “Get Things Done” since the program’s inception in 1994.

     

     

  • The Georgia State Profile Reports from the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) are now updated and available for your viewing. See Georgia's national service footprint and impact for 2019.
     

  • The Georgia Commission for Service and Volunteerism (Georgia Serves) is seeking proposals from eligible organizations interested in operating AmeriCorps programs to strengthen communities through National Service and Volunteerism.   Eligible organizations include non-profit and faith-based organizations with 501(c)3 status in the State of Georgia, educational institutions, and state and local government entities.

    AmeriCorps programs address critical community needs in key focus areas including education, disasters, economic opportunity, environmental stewardship, healthy futures, and veterans and military families. Sample activities include tutoring and mentoring youth, response to local disasters, restoring natural habitats, and job training/placement. AmeriCorps members also mobilize community volunteers and strengthen the capacity of the organizations where they serve.

    Please note: New applicants and new program staff are REQUIRED to attend all the workshop series noted in the RFP.