SerVermont is Vermont’s State Service Commission. Our mission is to support, promote and recognize 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 09-98 on November 30, 1993 by Governor Howard Dean.
SerVermont is supported by 3 full time staff members. Our activities include administering grants for Vermont’s AmeriCorps State programs, monitoring AmeriCorps programs to ensure compliance with federal regulations, promoting inclusion within the programs, and working to expand opportunities to serve in Vermont. SerVermont also plays a vital role in the state’s emergency operations plan, manging volunteers in times of disasters. SerVermont also plans and executes training and recognition events, including two national service conferences each year, and the Governor's Service Awards.
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