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New Publication: Innovative State Service COVID-19 Response Programs

WASHINGTON, DC, March 11th – Today, on the one year anniversary of the first COVID-19 pandemic shutdowns, America’s Service Commissions (ASC) is releasing a new publication, Innovative State Service COVID-19 Response Programs, showcasing outstanding examples of how state-based AmeriCorps and Volunteer Generation Fund programs have been adapting and responding to community needs during COVID-19.

The publication features 79 innovative programs from 50 states and territories, and represents a glimpse into the impressive work of national service programs this past year and the extraordinary efforts of AmeriCorps and volunteer programs to aid those most in need in hyper-local ways.

The publication also comes on the heels of President Biden signing the American Rescue Plan Act into law, which included an historic $1 billion investment to expand AmeriCorps and national service programs over the next three years to aid in pandemic response and recovery.

By sharing information about these innovative programs and their inspiring AmeriCorps members and volunteers, ASC seeks to showcase the role of states as “laboratories for service” and encourage new service models and replications that can address our most pressing issues. 

"During these unprecedented times, it is even more clear that national service programs like AmeriCorps, AmeriCorps Seniors, and the Volunteer Generation Fund can play a critical role in our nation’s response and recovery efforts in times of emergency, including the COVID-19 pandemic," said Kaira Esgate, CEO of America's Service Commissions. "I want to personally thank the thousands of AmeriCorps members and program staff serving as 'boots on the ground' and the state service commissions who support them, for continuing to make a substantial impact on others in these most challenging times."

View or download Innovative State Service COVID-19 Response Programs to learn more.


About America’s Service Commissions

America’s Service Commissions (ASC) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan association representing and promoting the 52 state service commissions across the United States and territories with the mission to lead and elevate the state service network. State service commissions are governor-appointed public agencies or nonprofit organizations made up of more than 1,000 commissioners, private citizens leading the nation’s service movement and administering 80 percent of the federal AmeriCorps funds to address pressing community needs.

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