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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 

The Georgia Commission for Service and Volunteerism (GCSV, Commission) is a catalyst to address critical needs in Georgia by working with AmeriCorps and community partners.

  • We create and promote opportunities for Georgians to serve.
  • We support organizations that use volunteer service to solve Georgia’s community problems.
  • We make sure the investment in volunteer service is protected and managed well.

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.

"Without community service, we would not have a strong quality of life. It's important to the person who serves as well to the recipient. It's the way in which we ourselves grow and develop."  -  Dorothy Height

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  • WASHINGTON, D.C. – AmeriCorps, the federal agency for volunteering and national service, has launched Public Health AmeriCorps, a new partnership with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to support the recruitment, training, and development of a new generation of public health leaders who will be ready to respond to the nation’s public health needs.

    The program, which is supported by a $400 million investment from the American Rescue Plan Act, is anticipated to fund up to 5,000 AmeriCorps positions over the next five years and comes as part of a larger $7 billion investment in the public health workforce announced by the Biden-Harris Administration.

    Today, AmeriCorps released the notice of federal funding availability for Public Health AmeriCorps through AmeriCorps’ State and National program. The competition is open to nonprofit, faith-based and community-based organizations; higher-education institutions; state, local and territorial government entities, such as cities or counties; and Indian Tribes. New organizations are encouraged to apply for these grants.

    “In partnership with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Public Health AmeriCorps will help vulnerable communities recover from COVID-19 and address broader public health needs, especially those exacerbated by the pandemic,” said Mal Coles, acting CEO at AmeriCorps. “This is an exciting new partnership that builds upon the expertise, best practices, and lessons learned from both existing AmeriCorps and CDC programs to support communities and also provide much-needed surge capacity for state and local public health agencies that continue to bear the burden of caring for a nation in crisis.”

    “The experience and networks AmeriCorps brings to this partnership provide a valuable opportunity to engage communities around the United States, including many people who may have never considered a deeply fulfilling career in public health,” said CDC Director Rochelle P. Walensky, M.D., M.P.H. “This program is a critical component of CDC’s effort to develop a strong, diverse workforce to face the public health challenges of the future.”

    Potential applicant organizations are encouraged to fully review the information posted on americorps.gov funding opportunities webpage. The deadline for applications is Monday, Nov 8, at 5 p.m. ET.

    AmeriCorps will host a variety of technical assistance calls, webinars and workshops to answer questions about this funding opportunity, including how to submit an application. Times and dates for these calls, along with additional technical assistance information, will be posted on its funding opportunity page. Questions from organizations about the grant competition can be directed to AmeriCorpsGrants@cns.gov.

    AmeriCorps continues to invest in the nation’s COVID-19 recovery. With existing programs in more than 40,000 locations across the country, AmeriCorps is uniquely positioned to bolster community response efforts. For the past year and half, thousands of AmeriCorps members and AmeriCorps Seniors volunteers across all 50 states and U.S. territories have continued their service, quickly adapting to meet the changing needs caused by the pandemic and have provided vital support, community response, and recovery efforts, providing support to more than 11.5 million Americans, including 2.5 million people at vaccination sites.

  • FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Contact:

    Justin Vining

    Interim Director, Marketing & Communications

    Justin.Vining@dca.ga.gov

     

    The Georgia Department of Community Affairs/Georgia Serves Announces $4.5 Million in AmeriCorps Funding for Georgia

     

    ATLANTA (August 5, 2021) – Georgia received $4,531,101 in AmeriCorps funding from AmeriCorps, a federal agency. With the agency’s unique model, the grants announced will leverage an additional $4 million from the private sector, foundations, and other sources – further increasing the return on the federal investment.

    The grants will put 565 AmeriCorps Members on the ground to serve with 21 organizations. AmeriCorps Members will tackle some of the toughest problems in Georgia including education, economic opportunities, healthy futures, homelessness, people living with disabilities, financial literacy, and environmental issues.

    In addition, the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) will provide close to $3 million in Segal AmeriCorps Education Awards for the AmeriCorps Members funded by these grants. After completing a full term of service, full-time AmeriCorps Members may receive an award of approximately $6,345 that they can use to pay for college or to pay off student loans. Awards vary based on members’ status such as full-time or less than full-time.

    The following organizations were awarded grants for 2021-2022 to implement AmeriCorps programs in Georgia.

    AmeriCorps Covenant House Georgia                                                                       $   162,700

    AmeriCorps Georgia Relay Teaching Residency                                                        $     64,000

    Breakthrough Collaborative AmeriCorps Program                                                   $   180,494

    Central Georgia Council, Boy Scouts of America                                                       $   137,733

    Clayton State University AmeriCorps Program                                                         $     97,878

    Communities in Schools of Georgia – AmeriCorps Reading Tutorial Program       $   191,995

    Extra Special People AmeriCorps Program                                                                $   239,030

    Georgia State University Research Foundation T.E.E.M.S. AmeriCorps                  $   198,896

    Girls Scouts of Historic Georgia-AmeriCorps Planning Grant                                   $     40,178

    Goodwill Industries of the Southern Rivers AmeriCorps Program                          $   119,658

    Greater Valdosta United Way AmeriCorps Planning Grant                                      $     63,377

    Hands On Atlanta AmeriCorps                                                                                    $1,062,668

    Harmony House Domestic Violence Shelter Planning Grant                                   $      26,422

    Jekyll Island State Park Authority dba Georgia Sea Turtle Center AmeriCorps      $    358,433

    New American Pathways – AmeriCorps Project RISE                                               $    274,830

    One World Link AmeriCorps Project                                                                          $    259,940

    Teach For America – Metro Atlanta                                                                           $    140,000

    The Christian City AmeriCorps Planning Grant                                                          $      75,000

    The Scholarship Academy, Inc. – AmeriCorps Financial Aid Awareness Program  $    178,596

    The University of Georgia – Georgia 4-H AmeriCorps Project                                 $    423,800

    Youth Villages-Inner Harbour Campus AmeriCorps Program                                  $    235,473

                                 TOTAL                                                                                                                $4,531,101                                                                          

    Every year, 75,000 AmeriCorps members serve through 21,000+ schools, nonprofits, and community and faith-based organizations across the country. These citizens have played a critical role in the recovery of communities affected by disasters and helped thousands of first-generation college students access higher education. They also tutor and mentor young people, connect veterans to jobs, care for seniors, reduce crime and revive cities, fight the opioid epidemic, and meet other critical needs.

    Since the program’s inception in 1994, more than 1 million Americans have served, providing more than 1.5 billion hours of service and earned more than $3.6 billion in education scholarships, more than $1 billion of which has been used to pay back student debt. Those interested in joining AmeriCorps can learn more at AmeriCorps.gov/Join.

    AmeriCorps is a federal agency that engages millions of Americans in service through its AmeriCorps and Senior Corps programs and leads the nation's volunteering and service efforts. For more information, visit AmeriCorps.gov.

    About the Department of Community Affairs

    The Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA) partners with communities to build strong and vibrant neighborhoods, commercial and industrial areas through community and economic development, local government assistance, and safe and affordable housing. Using state and federal resources, DCA helps communities spur private job creation, implement planning, develop downtowns, generate affordable housing solutions and promote volunteerism. DCA also helps qualified Georgians with low and moderate incomes buy homes, rent housing and prevent foreclosure and homelessness. For more information, visit www.dca.ga.gov.

  • WASHINGTON, D.C.– Creative Artists Agency Foundation and AmeriCorps, the federal agency for volunteering and service, in collaboration with leading service organizations MENTOR, VolunteerMatch, schoolhouse.world, and the U.S. Department of Education, announced READY SET, a national tutor, mentor, and service recruitment campaign designed to address learning and relational loss among K-12 public school students in the U.S., particularly in historically marginalized communities.  

    The web and social media campaign is designed to meet critical learning needs and create a volunteer pipeline for the academic year ahead and will run through September 2021. AmeriCorps, which engages hundreds of thousands of people each year in service in 40,000 communities nationwide, is actively recruiting national service members and volunteers to build a service safety net for children who need academic and social support. 

    “AmeriCorps’ programs that teach, tutor, and mentor students in underserved communities are crucial to keeping students engaged, especially as hybrid schooling models continue across the country,” said Mal Coles, AmeriCorps Acting Chief Executive Officer. “Ready Set Serve is an opportunity for Americans to raise their hands to serve their communities. They can help mentor students to higher academic achievement, keep them on track to graduate, inspire creativity with STEM and robotics programs, or even design cost-effective solutions that support teachers and tutors.” 

    “We have a critical opportunity to immediately address the gap between what students need now and what resources are available to them,” said CAA Foundation executive and former drop-out prevention nonprofit director Deborah Marcus. “READY SET is a call to action to be a part of a national student support network, galvanizing Americans to bring their hearts and minds to supporting children, many from low-income and historically marginalized communities, and nurturing their full academic, social and emotional well-being.”   

    READY SET’s web and social-media-centered campaign will raise awareness of the current demand for volunteers, directing candidates to www.getreadyset.org, where potential volunteers can learn about relevant tutoring, mentoring and service opportunities. Depending on one’s interest, activation happens through VolunteerMatch’s global digital volunteering infrastructure; unifying champion of youth mentoring, MENTOR; the federal agency for national service and volunteering, AmeriCorps; or peer tutoring platform from Sal Khan, schoolhouse.world.   

    READY SET information    

    • READY SET Websitewww.getreadyset.org  
    • Campaign Hashtag: #GetReadySet  
    • Instagram: @get_ready_set  
    • Twitter: @get_readyset 
  • 2020 changed our world: Lives and livelihoods lost. Devastating destruction and unimagined challenges faced.

    Despite those obstacles, each day countless Americans answered the call to serve. They raised their hands. Stood up. Showed up. And volunteered to put their neighbors and complete strangers first. To help make America safer and healthier, more fair, and more just. 

    AmeriCorps engages 270,000 Americans each year in sustained, results-driven service through our AmeriCorps and AmeriCorps Seniors programs. These dedicated citizens help communities impacted by COVID-19, ensure students stay on track to graduate, combat hunger and homelessness, respond to natural disasters, fight the opioid epidemic, help seniors live independently, support veterans and military families, and much more.

    This AmeriCorps Week (March 7-13) join with us as we celebrate the impact of our programs and offer our thanks to each and every one for volunteering to serve others. Together, we can help the country recover and come back stronger.

    We are AmeriCorps.

  • 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.