SerVermont is Vermont’s State Service Commission. Our mission is to support, promote and recognized volunteerism and community service in Vermont.
State service commissions were created in the National and Community Service Trust Act as amended in 1993. State service commissions are the state partners of the federal agency, the Corporation for National and Community Service. State service commission administer AmeriCorps State, Volunteer Generation Fund and volunteer programs to address critical community needs and engage citizens in service. SerVermont, was established by Executive Order 05-98 on November 30, 1993 by Governor Howard Dean.
SerVermont is supported by 3 full time staff members. The staff manages the budget, plans and executes training and recognition events, administers grants for Vermont’s AmeriCorps State programs, monitors those programs to ensure compliance with federal regulations, promotes inclusion within the programs, and plays a vital role in the state’s emergency operations plan.
SerVermont is part of the Vermont Agency of Human Services, and national service is the means through which we work on the agency’s mission to improve the health and well-being of Vermonters today and tomorrow, and to protect those among us who are unable to protect themselves.
- Administering AmeriCorps State programs, including selecting, funding, monitoring and evaluation
- Running a statewide AmeriCorps VISTA umbrella project of 26 members
- Providing technical assistance and support to commission-funded programs, and whenever possible to all Corporation for National and Community Service funded programs in Vermont
- Providing opportunities to recognize the efforts of volunteers and organizations who contribute to meeting the needs of their communities through the Governor’s Service Awards
- Updating a plan of service for the state on an annual basis
- Building on existing resources and networks to integrate training, technical assistance, funding, and other support for all state community service organizations
- Facilitating access to information needed by organizations and individuals regarding national service opportunities and programs throughout the state
- Managing volunteers in times of disaster
SerVermont funded AmeriCorps State members accomplished the following during the 2015-2016 program year:
- 18,073 individuals were served by AmeriCorps members
- 416 military families and veterans received support from AmeriCorps members
- 15,249 disadvantaged children and youth were served by AmeriCorps members
- 5,390 volunteers were recruited and directed by AmeriCorps members to offer service in their communities
- 254 low-income housing units were improved for safety and comfort by AmeriCorps members
- 30 community organizations received capacity building services from AmeriCorps members
- 131 staff of nonprofit and government agencies received cultural competency training from AmeriCorps members
- 140+ AmeriCorps members were available to assist in responding to disasters by staffing emergency shelters
SerVermont VISTA members accomplished the following in the 2015-16 program year:
- 1,444 community volunteers were recruited, and served 6,126 hours
- $161,288 in cash resources and $93,803 in in-kind resources were raised
- 45 organizations were provided capacity building services
- 301 staff members and community volunteers were trained
- 65 new systems and business processes were developed
- 807 disadvantaged youth received education services
- 348 disadvantaged youth recieved healthy futures services
- 7,160 low-income individuals were provided with emergency food