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About Us

volunteers reading painting and working in the field

The Governor’s Office on Service and Volunteerism is a unit of the Governor’s Office of Community Initiatives. Through the use of federal dollars, the Office on Service and Volunteerism is funding 20 AmeriCorps State programs during the 2017-2018 program year to support disaster services, economic opportunity, education, environmental stewardship, healthy futures, and veterans and military families in Maryland.

AmeriCorps volunteers taking the pledge

The Office on Service and Volunteerism was founded in 1993; and the office supports more than 1,000 AmeriCorps members each year through its grant-making program. In addition, the office advocates for effective volunteer program management and recognizes volunteer service across the state on behalf of the Governor of Maryland. Each year, over 200,000 Maryland volunteers are recognized by the Governor’s Office through activities and services provided by the Office on Service and Volunteerism.

The Office is supported by the Governor’s Commission on Service and Volunteerism.

Service and Volunteerism Staff

Van Brooks, Director
van.brooks@maryland.gov

Kerry Ose, Program Officer
kerry.ose@maryland.gov

Erin Green, Program Officer
erin.green@maryland.gov

Sarah Kim, Grants Coordinator
sarahy.kim@maryland.gov

Lola Abdulai, Outreach Coordinator
rafiat.abdulai@maryland.gov

 

Volunteer Recognition for Maryland Residents

The Governor’s Office has a long tradition of investing in and celebrating the myriad of community services provided by all citizens. Service and Volunteerism provides a variety of opportunities for nonprofits, businesses, schools, and more to honor the contributions of local volunteers. From state-wide events, like the Governor’s Service Awards, to individual service certificates awarded to citizens, there are many ways to honor the dedication of volunteers across Maryland.

Funding for National Service

The Governor’s Office on Service and Volunteerism is the State Service Commission for the National Service AmeriCorps program. The office works with the bi-partisan Maryland Governor’s Commission on Service and Volunteerism to review grant applications, complete grant selection, and administer all awards for AmeriCorps State Competitive and Formula funding each year.