PennSERVE is Pennsylvania’s state service commission. State service commissions were created in the National and Community Service Trust Act as amended in 1993. State service commissions are governor-appointed public agencies or nonprofit organizations made up of more than 1,200 commissioners - volunteers leading the nation's philanthropic and service movement. The nation’s 52 state service commissions operate at the state and local level granting more than $252 million from federal national service funds while matching these federal dollars with over $300 million from state and local sources to support service and volunteerism in America. These funds support more than 40,000 AmeriCorps members.
PennSERVE is a grantee of the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), a federal agency that helps millions of Americans improve the lives of their fellow citizens through service. Working hand in hand with local partners, CNCS taps the ingenuity and can-do spirit of the American people to tackle some of the most pressing challenges facing our nation.
CNCS programs, including AmeriCorps and Senior Corps, engage more than three million Americans in results-driven service at 50,000 locations across the country. Based on principles of local control, competition, and public-private partnership, CNCS is a cost-effective investment in America’s future. CNCS strengthens civil society and builds our infrastructure by engaging 325,000 trained, skilled national service members in sustained service at schools, food banks, homeless shelters, veteran’s homes, youth centers, and hospitals to mobilize volunteers and meet pressing needs. CNCS funds more than 3,000 non-profit, faith-based, and community groups, enabling them to serve more people and better meet their missions.
PennSERVE is a member of America’s Service Commissions (ASC), a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization representing and promoting state service commissions across the United States.
The PennSERVE Community Service Advisory Board supports, advises, and consults with PennSERVE on its core mission of encouraging civic engagement through planned and structured community service. It focuses on promotion of the service ethic and volunteerism in its strategic planning to produce and implement a long term, comprehensive vision and plan of action for community service initiatives throughout the state.