The Governor's Office on Service and Volunteerism (GOSV) is a unit of the Governor's Office of Community Initiatives. Through the use of federal dollars, the GOSV is funding 17 AmeriCorps State programs during the 2015-2016 program year to support disaster services, economic opportunity, education, environmental stewardship, healthy futures, and veterans and military families in Maryland. The GOSV also funds eight volunteer connector organizations and Maryland Volunteer Centers through the Volunteer Generation Fund (VGF). The 7 VGF grantees utilize these funds to boost the impact of volunteers in addressing critical community needs.
The GOSV was founded in 1993; and the office supports 1,000 AmeriCorps members each year through its grant-making program. In addition, the GOSV 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 GOSV.