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About PennSERVE

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 AmeriCorps agency. AmeriCorps, a federal agency, brings people together to tackle the country’s most pressing challenges through national service and volunteering. AmeriCorps members and AmeriCorps Seniors volunteers serve with organizations dedicated to the improvement of communities. AmeriCorps helps make service to others a cornerstone of our national culture. Learn more at

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 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.

PennSERVE’s 2018 – 2020 State Service Plan is a vision and roadmap for national service and volunteering in Pennsylvania, providing priorities and strategies for the three-year period. The Plan has been extended into 2021; development of the 2022-2024 State Service Plan is underway.

PennSERVE administers 21 programs, 1300 Americorps members and over 1500 volunteers