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What We Do

Each year, we award approximately $12 million in federal funding from the AmeriCorps agency to AmeriCorps programs in Pennsylvania.

We support organizations in AmeriCorps program development and implementation through targeted training, technical assistance, and monitoring.

We convene AmeriCorps program staff and AmeriCorps members to learn together and celebrate Pennsylvania’s spirit of service.

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Who We Are

As Pennsylvania’s state service commission, we are a grantmaking partner of the AmeriCorps agency. AmeriCorps is the federal agency connecting individuals and organizations through service and volunteering to tackle the nation’s most pressing challenges.

We are a member of America's Service Commissions (ASC), a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization representing and promoting state service commissions across the U.S.

We are supported by the PennSERVE Advisory Board, a body of individuals appointed to provide guidance in strategic planning and the promotion of service initiatives throughout Pennsylvania.

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Our Impact: 2020-2021


Children and youth served


Acres of public land supported 


Hours served by community volunteers


Education awards earned by AmeriCorps members

Visit National Service in Pennsylvania to learn more about the impact in PA!

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Our Plans

Our State Service Plan is a vision and roadmap for service in Pennsylvania with the following priority areas:


Bolster the quantity and quality of AmeriCorps programming in PA.


Strengthen the service infrastructure and ethic in Pennsylvania.


Improve the AmeriCorps member experience.

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Prioritize funding for initiatives that focus on education, health, economic opportunity, and/or technology access; for AmeriCorps programs that include workforce development of AmeriCorps members in program design, embed principles of diversity equity, and inclusion in the program; provide AmeriCorps member living allowances above the minimum required; and/or for programs that provide services in under-resourced communities. 

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Contact PennSERVE 


Kaitlyn ‘Katy’ Spehar
​Executive Director
​Priyambada "Priya" Mishra
Grants Officer
Amelia “Amy” Anderson
​Assistant Director

​Komal Shah
​Fiscal Compliance Officer
Christopher Pratt
​Program Officer
​Julia Pitts
​Program Officer
​Tina Cornelius
​Program Officer
​Kansas Moreno
​Administrative Officer

Mailing Address:
651 Boas Street, Room 1306
Harrisburg, PA 17121


717-787-1971 (1-866-6SERVEU)

If you would like to be added to PennSERVE's contact list to receive notice of grant opportunities, submit our Contact Form and let us know! 

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