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Who We Are

Serve Kentucky, formerly the Kentucky Commission on Community Volunteerism and Service, is a State Service Commission. In addition to overseeing the annual grant competition that awards funding to AmeriCorps State and other community service programs, State Service Commissions determine social needs in their states, set policy and program priorities, provide training and assistance, support national days of service, and promote service and volunteering.

Serve Kentucky was created in 1994 to serve as a conduit for federal funds that support AmeriCorps programs in the commonwealth, encourage and recognize volunteerism and assist in service program development. The commission is a statewide, bipartisan group of up to 25 members, appointed by the governor, with diverse service and volunteerism backgrounds.

Serve Kentucky funding is provided by the Corporation for National and Community Service and the Kentucky General Assembly. The Cabinet for Health and Family Services is the parent agency for the commission, providing administrative support and oversight.

Learn more about State Service Commissions.

Mission

To engage Kentuckians in volunteerism and service to positively impact our communities.

AmeriCorps

Since AmeriCorps began in 1994, more than 12,000 Kentuckians have served approximately 19 million hours and have earned education awards totaling more than $44.3 million.

Learn more about AmeriCorps and other National Service programs.

Find out more about the current Kentucky AmeriCorps programs and what our programs accomplished last year.

Read Kentucky AmeriCorps Getting Things Done for the Commonwealth commentary by Joe Bringardner.

AmeriCorps Alums

AmeriCorps Alums, the only nonprofit network for alumni from all AmeriCorps programs, believes national service is the leadership pipeline for the 21st century.

AmeriCorps NCCC

If you are interested in being a project sponsor for a NCCC team in Kentucky, please contact Stephanie Chan at (601) 630-4068. Learn more about AmeriCorps NCCC.

Senior Corps or AmeriCorps VISTA

If you are interested in learning more about Senior Corps and AmeriCorps VISTA projects in Kentucky, contact Crystal Kelley at the CNCS State Office at (502) 582-6385.

Agency News

2018 Governor's Service Awards

The Governor’s Service Awards program is administered by Serve Kentucky in partnership with the Office of the Governor to highlight the importance of volunteer and national service across the commonwealth.

Learn more about the awards program.

Volunteer Generation Fund

Serve Kentucky received a Volunteer Generation Fund (VGF) grant of $303,274 from the Corporation for National and Community Service in October 2017. This funding will allow Serve Kentucky to better support local organizations recruit, manage and retain volunteers to address some of Kentucky’s most pressing challenges – and help strengthen its mission.

To learn more about VGF, contact Melissa Benton.