Oregon Volunteers: Commission for Voluntary Action & Service, was created in 1994 to provide Oregonians with a statewide entity to focus service and volunteer efforts, to enhance the ethic of service and voluntarism in the state and provide funds for state-based AmeriCorps programs. As a state commission, Oregon Volunteers’ role is to promote and elevate service, volunteerism and civic engagement in Oregon Communities.
The Commission’s work is supported and advised by a maximum-25-member board of Governor-appointed commissioners, whose role is to fulfill the statutory responsibilities for state service commissions as authorized by 42 U.S.C. § 12638 and outlined in 45 CFR 2550.50 National and Community Service Trust Act of 1990 as amended by the Serve America Act. The Oregon Volunteer and Community Service Act, passed in 2007, also solidified Oregon Volunteers’ role to promote the development of better communities by using citizen participation and volunteerism to foster greater civic responsibility.