The Corporation for National and Community Service plays a vital role in supporting the American culture of citizenship, service and responsibility. It is a catalyst for change and champion for the ideal that every American has skills and talents to give.
The mission of the Corporation for National and Community Service is to improve lives, strengthen communities, and foster civic engagement through service and volunteering.
The Corporation is the nation’s largest grantmaker supporting service and volunteering. Through Senior Corps, AmeriCorps, and Learn and Serve America programs, it provide opportunities for Americans of all ages and backgrounds to express their patriotism while addressing critical community needs.
The desire to serve extends across generations and in every part of our country. Since the Corporation’s inception:
- More than 1 billion volunteer service hours have been generated by Senior Corps volunteers;
- More than 400,000 individuals have served through AmeriCorps
- And, more than 1 million high school students participate annually in service-learning initiatives funded by Learn and Serve America
The members and volunteers who serve in Corporation programs provide vital assistance to institutions and organizations that serve the public, including:
- National and local nonprofits
- Faith-based and other community organizations
- Public agencies
Drawing on their skills, experience and concern for others, they provide a wide range of services. These include tutoring at-risk youth, building homes for low-income people, responding to natural disasters, and caring for homebound seniors. In addition, members and volunteers help mobilize other volunteers and build the capacity of local organizations.
Senior Corps: Senior Corps offers a network of programs that tap the rich experience, skills and talents of older citizens to meet community challenges.
- Foster Grandparents connects volunteers age 60 and over with children and young people with exceptional needs.
- The Senior Companion Program brings together volunteers age 60 and over with adults in their community who have difficulty with the simple tasks of day-to-day living.
- RSVP offers "one stop shopping" for all volunteers 55 and over who want to find challenging, rewarding, and significant service opportunities in their local communities.
AmeriCorps: Through its programs, AmeriCorps provides opportunities for Americans to make an ongoing, intensive commitment to service.
- AmeriCorps State and National: AmeriCorps*State and National offers grants that support a broad range of local service programs that engage thousands of Americans in intensive service to meet critical community needs. AmeriCorps*State and National also administers grants for Indian tribes and U.S. territories, who are eligible for funding that is set aside to address critical needs within their communities. (Applications for AmeriCorps grants are through the Kentucky Commission on Community Volunteerism and Service http://chfs.ky.gov/dfrcvs/kccvs/. KyCC often applies for AmeriCorps grants on behalf of all its members.)
- AmeriCorps VISTA: AmeriCorps*VISTA provides full-time members to community organizations and public agencies to create and expand programs that build capacity and ultimately bring low-income individuals and communities out of poverty. KyCC has a VISTA program and KyCC members may apply for VISTA positions.
- AmeriCorps NCCC: The AmeriCorps*National Civilian Community Corps is a full-time residential program for men and women aged 18-24 that strengthens communities while developing leaders through direct, team-based national and community service.
Special Initiatives: The Corporation supports a variety of special initiatives and innovation grants.