(Washington, D.C.) – Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) announced that the Washington Commission for National and Community Service has been awarded a $178,950 grant to recruit, manage, and retain more volunteers to address pressing social challenges. The grant was awarded by the Corporation for National and Community Service, through its Volunteer Generation Fund, a new program authorized by the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act. The Volunteer Generation Fund, which Senator Murray worked to include, will help local organizations gain more volunteers by funding the recruitment and management of volunteers and volunteer opportunities, including for special days of service such as Martin Luther King Jr, Day and the 9-11 Day of Service and Remembrance. This fund will also work to better direct volunteers to projects that fit community needs and the volunteer’s schedule and abilities.
“This award will give Washingtonians the opportunities and resources to serve their local communities,” said Senator Murray. “I worked to include the Volunteer Generation Fund in the Serve America Act because paving a path to public service will bring hundreds of volunteers to the low-income and senior communities that need them most.”
The Washington Commission for National and Community Services will use five different program models focused on recruiting skill-based volunteers, volunteers from low-income and senior communities, and veterans as volunteers, a creative program model that is relevant to the Volunteer Generation Fund with a strong focus on expanding opportunities to serve.
“Service is how we tap into the best of the American character,” said Patrick A. Corvington, CEO of the Corporation. “Although Americans are volunteering more than ever, we must provide organizations with the tools and resources they need to attract and retain volunteers to solve the critical issues in their communities. The Volunteer Generation Fund will provide those critical resources.”
The Corporation for National and Community Service is a federal agency that engages more than five million Americans in service through Senior Corps, AmeriCorps, and Learn and Serve America and leads President Obama’s national call to service initiative, United We Serve.