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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.

GOSV Staff

Jeff Griffin, Director

Sue Sethi, Outreach Coordinator

Magda Nowosadko, Program Officer

GOSV Services

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. The GOSV 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 Ceremony, to individual service certificates awarded to citizens, there are many ways to honor the dedication of volunteers across Maryland.

Funding for National Service

The GOSV 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.