Governor's Office on Service and Volunteerism
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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 18 AmeriCorps State programs during the 2016-2017 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 also funds ten volunteer connector organizations and Maryland Volunteer Centers through the Volunteer Generation Fund. The ten Volunteer Generation Fund grantees utilize these funds to boost the impact of volunteers in addressing critical community needs.

The Office on Service and Volunteerism was founded in 1993; and the office supports over 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.

Service and Volunteerism Staff

Van Brooks, Incoming Director

Winston Wilkinson, Acting Director

Kerry Ose, Program Officer

Erin Green, Program Officer

Sarah Kim, Grants Coordinator

Valerie Staats, National Service Training Manager

Deanna Dunn, Special Initiatives Coordinator

Lola Abdulai, Outreach Coordinator


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 Award, 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.