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About OregonServes

OregonServes, the AmeriCorps State Service Commission , was created in 1994, as Oregon Volunteers, 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, OregonServes’ role is to promote and elevate service, volunteerism and civic engagement in Oregon Communities. ​​

OregonServes advances national and community service in Oregon by: 
Establishing and implementing a statewide vision for volunteerism, national service and civic engagement.
Promoting initiatives for expansion of service opportunities and impacts.
Introducing policy and supporting legislation that furthers the Commission’s service goals.
Acting as a central hub for the national service network in the state and administering funding to AmeriCorps State programs to make impactful contributions in local communities.
Championing greater diversity, equity, and inclusion in Oregon’s service and volunteer opportunities.
Coordinating national and community service resources to ensure communities are equipped to prepare, respond, and recover from disaster. 
From youth to adult, promoting activities that instill a lifelong commitment to service, and lead to personal, educational, and career achievements.

OregonServes is an entity of the State of Oregon, housed within the Office of Workforce Investments (OWI), within the Higher Education Coordinating Commission (HECC). OregonServes is supported by an Executive Director, program staff, and a Commission Board.  

As stated in the National and Community Service Act of 1990, state commissions must exist in order for a state to apply and accept national service grants. According to the Code of Federal Regulations §2550.2 (l), a State Service Commission is a bipartisan or nonpartisan state entity, approved by the Corporation, consisting of 15–25 members (appointed by the chief executive officer of the state), that is responsible for developing a comprehensive national service plan, assembling applications for funding and approved national service positions, as well as administering national and community service programs in the state. 

OUR VISION

Engaged individuals, empowered communities, and an equitable Oregon.

OUR MISSION

We advance volunteerism, service and civic engagement to enrich lives and strengthen Oregon communities.

OUR VALUES

Impactful: We engage individuals in purpose-driven service.

Innovative: We commit to continuous learning and creative solutions.

Collaborative: We build relationships that strengthen Oregon communities.

Inclusive: We elevate equity, diversity, and belonging.




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OregonServes will be accepting applications for AmeriCorps State and AmeriCorps Public Health single-state programs for the 2023-24 Program Year soon. Subscribe ​​here ​to receive notice of the Request for Application and register below to attend an information session.

In addition to AmeriCorps priorities and focus areas, OregonServes' priorities include expanding AmeriCorps opportunities for small organizations and rural communities through intermediary programs, and funding for programs serving historically underserved and underrepresented communities. 

OregonServes' Request for Applications (RFA) is abridged from the Fiscal Year 2023 (FY23) AmeriCorps State and National Competitive Grant Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO).

Applications will be due November 18th, 2022, 11:59pm PST.


The first step in applying for a Competitive Grant is to attend one of the Informational Webinars


Informational Webinar Dates: 

Continuing Applicants- Tuesday October 11th, 2:00-3:00pm. 

Register here.


New Applicants- Thursday 

October 13th, 11:00am-12:30pm. 

Register here.​


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