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Quarterly E-News | Holiday Edition 2019

December 2019

Happy Holidays from ASC!

Thank you all for a fantastic 2019! Together, we spent the year advancing the state service network through events, trainings, peer learning, awards recognition, strategic planning, and professional development! We are proud of what we collectively accomplished this year.

All of us at ASC wish you a lovely holiday season and new year filled with peace and joy.



CNCS and National Service Programs Receive $21 Million Increase in End-of-Year Bipartisan Spending Bill

Exciting news! On Friday, December 20, President Trump signed two spending packages totaling $1.4 trillion, averting a government shutdown at the last minute after members of Congress worked diligently to reach bipartisan agreements on Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 funding levels. The bills included all 12 annual appropriations bills for the 2020 fiscal year that started October 1, including the Labor-HHS-Education bill that provides funding for the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) and its programs. We are thrilled to report that CNCS will receive $1.104 billion, a $21 million increase over the previous year. Here is the funding breakdown:

  • $428.5 million for AmeriCorps State /National - $3.5 million increase
  • $17.538 million for State Commissions
  • $6.4 million for the Volunteer Generation Fund - $1 million increase
  • $208.3  million for the National Service Trust Fund - $1.5 million increase
  • $32.5 million for NCCC - $500K increase
  • $93.3 million for VISTA - $1 million increase
  • $118.8 million for Foster Grandparents - $7.9 million increase
  • $50.8 million for Senior Companions - $4 million increase
  • $51.35 million for RSVP - $1 million increase
  • $83.737 million for CNCS Salaries and Expenses
  • $5.75 million for Inspector General

In addition to this funding, commissions will continue to receive level funding for training and technical assistance activities through the Commission Investment Fund (CIF) at $8.5 million.

Upon passage of the bills, Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) issued the following statement: “This package of appropriations bills includes resources for critical domestic priorities that our entire nation will benefit from receiving. I am proud to have supported these bills and pleased that, as a result of our bipartisan efforts, we were able to come to an agreement and pass them ahead of our funding deadline. Thank you to my colleagues on both sides of the aisle.” 

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Read more and view the detailed FY20 final funding chart >>

Announcing the 2020 National Service Regional Training Conference Locations & Dates

America's Service Commissions, in partnership with state service commissions, is pleased to announce the dates and locations for the 2020 National Service Regional Training Conferences across three regions:

  • March 30-April 1: Pacific/Southwest Region - Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • May 6-8: Central Region - Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • June 2-4: Atlantic/Southern Region - Burlington, VT

The theme for the 2020 trainings is “This Year and Beyond” -- language that comes from the AmeriCorps pledge. Through this theme we will recognize the accomplishments of the past 25 years of AmeriCorps while looking forward to the next.

The primary audiences for these events are AmeriCorps State program and fiscal staff, and state service commission staff and commissioners. Although not a primary audience, all other streams of national service are welcome and invited to attend.

Workshop tracks include:
  • AmeriCorps Financial Grants Management
  • AmeriCorps Program 101
  • AmeriCorps Program 201+
  • Special Topics
  • State Service Commissions
  • Volunteer Engagement

Stay tuned for registration details in 2020! In the meantime, visit our website for up-to-date event and sponsorship/advertising information.

Nine Leaders Receive National Awards from America's Service Commissions


This past fall, ASC was thrilled to recognize nine community leaders from across the nation at our September 19th Innovation and Leadership Awards Reception. Congratulations to the following awardees for their outstanding contributions to the field of national and community service:

2019 ASC Innovation & Leadership Award Recipients:

  • Friend of America's Service Commissions: Congressman Tom Cole (Oklahoma)
  • Friend of America's Service Commissions: Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (Connecticut)
  • State Service Leadership Award: Governor Larry Hogan (Maryland)
  • Outstanding Commissioner: Mary Grace Landrum (Texas)
  • Outstanding Commission Executive Director: LaDawn Stoddard (Utah)
  • Outstanding Commission Staff: Stacey Scherschligt (Minnesota)
  • Outstanding Service Program: Metropolitan Ministries (Florida)
  • Outstanding Service Program Staff: Bridget Talebi (Washington)

In addition to the eight leadership awards, ASC named one outstanding individual to the organization's 'Honor Roll' for leaving behind a lasting impact on the state service commission network through a long-lasting career in service:

2019 ASC Honor Roll Inductee:

  • Robert Shogren (Arizona)

The awards program is held by ASC each year in the Washington, DC area to recognize the hard work, leadership, and accomplishments of state service commission staff, commissioners, service programs and their champions throughout the United States and its territories.

View complete awards information >>

View award reception photos >>

Welcome to the 2019-2020 ASC Board of Directors

ASC board of directors

On October 1, 2019, a new slate of ASC board members and officers began their 2019-2020 board service. Congratulations to the following incoming leaders who will help guide and shape ASC as the nonprofit association of the 52 state service commissions in the year to come:

Board Officers:

  • Amber Martin-Jahn, Chair – WA – Executive Director, Serve Washington
  • Maureen Eccleston, Vice Chair/Membership Chair – PA – Executive Director, PennSERVE
  • Antonio Mendez, Public Policy Chair – CO – Executive Director, Serve Colorado
  • Ginna Holmes, Resource Development Chair – MI – Executive Director, Michigan Community Service Commission
  • Phil Kolling, Secretary – VT – Executive Director, SerVermont
  • Richard Swarttz, Treasurer – At-largeCFO, Peace Corps

Board Members (in addition to Officers):

  • Katie Abbott – AK – Executive Director, Serve Alaska
  • John Albright – MO – Commission Chair, Missouri Community Service Commission
  • Jeanne Duffy – WI – Executive Director, Serve Wisconsin
  • Caroline Farmer – NC – Executive Director, Volunteer NC
  • William Hall – OH – Executive Director, ServeOhio
  • Beverly Hoster – OK – Commission Chair, Oklahoma Community Service Commission
  • Bill Hulterstrom – at-large – President/CEO, United Way of Utah County
  • Judd Jeansonne – LA – Executive Director, Volunteer Louisiana
  • Julia Keehner – WV – Commissioner, Volunteer West Virginia
  • Cat Keen – FL – National Service Programs Director, Volunteer Florida
  • Charlette Kremer – ID – Commissioner, Serve Idaho
  • Kevin Mays – KY – Commissioner, Serve Kentucky
  • Shelly McAlpin – WY – Executive Director, Serve Wyoming
  • Scott McFarland – IL – Executive Director, Serve Illinois
  • Beth McGuinness – MA – Director of Programs, Massachusetts Service Alliance
  • Kate Scheuritzel – CT – Director of Programs, Serve Connecticut
  • Marty Weinstein – At-large (CA) – CEO, Bay Area Community Resources and Co-Chair, California AmeriCorps Alliance


In This Issue...

  1. Happy Holidays from ASC!
  2. Key Dates and Deadlines
  3. ICYMI: ASC Annual Report and 990
  4. CNCS and National Service Programs Receive $21 Million Increase for FY20
  5. Announcing 2020 Regional Conferences
  6. Nine Leaders Receive ASC Innovation & Leadership Awards
  7. Welcome 2019-2020 ASC Board of Directors
  8. New Disaster Resiliency Report
  9. National Direct Consultation - Single Form Process
  10. Mott Foundation Grant Update
  11. Service Job Board

Key Dates and Deadlines

December 31: Public Comment Final Deadline for National Commission on Military, National, and Public Service

January 3: Early Bird Registration Deadline for 2020 Points of Light Conference (Washington, DC)

January 8: AmeriCorps State/National FY20 Competitive Grant Deadline (National Direct Consultations due to Commissions)

January 20: MLK Day of Service - 25th Anniversary

February 10-13: ASC Leadership Convening and Capitol Hill Day (Commission Directors and Commissioners only)

March 30-April 1: Regional Training Conference - Southwest/Pacific Region (Albuquerque, NM)

May 6-8: Regional Training Conference - Central Region Milwaukee, WI)

June 2-4: Regional Training Conference - Atlantic/Southern Region (Burlington, VT)

In Case You Missed It: 2018 Annual Report and 990


We recently updated our website to include our previous year's 2018 ASC Annual Report, Form 990, and other key documents.

View them here >>

New Disaster Resiliency Report Highlights  Volunteerism, Commissions


Our friends at Common Impact, a national nonprofit that connects corporate employees to nonprofit organizations to tackle the greatest challenges our communities face through skilled volunteerism, recently released a new report that the service sector may find helpful and relevant: Disaster Response: From Relief to Resiliency.

The report includes interviews with dozens of disaster and volunteer engagement experts, including ASC, to highlight how skills-based volunteerism can best help communities recover from and prepare for future disasters more effectively.

View the report >>

National Direct Consultation - Single Form Process


As a reminder, America's Service Commissions is pleased to continue our online National Direct Consultation single form process to help streamline consultation between multi-state AmeriCorps grant applicants and state service commissions. For the FY20 AmeriCorps NOFO, 46 of 52 state service commissions are participating in the single online form process. By completing the online single form found here, multi-state applicants will initiate consultation for those participating states.

Multi-state applicants should submit the online form no later than the FY20 AmeriCorps application deadline set by the Corporation for National and Community Service, January 8, 2020. State Commission input on National Directs is then due on January 31, 2020.

Click here for more information >>


Mott Foundation  Afterschool Grant Update

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Earlier this fall in September, we hosted the second ASC Afterschool Program Development convening related to our Mott Foundation grant project. Eight state service commissions and their statewide afterschool network colleagues gathered in the Washinton, DC area to share best practices related to expanding the quality and quantity of afterschool programs through national service. Guest presenters from the Afterschool Alliance provided updates on the afterschool landscape and ASC presented on lessons learned from the first year of the grant. 

In total during the first year of the subgrantee work, two planning grants were awarded and five operational AmeriCorps grants awarded to expand the quality or quantity of afterschool programming. Three states added afterschool as a funding priority in their formula notice of funding and one state expanded VISTA placements to afterschool settings. We are proud of the afterschool development progress made so far!

Service Job Board

Looking for new job opportunities in the service sector? Check out the ASC Service Job Board, including recent listings such as the following:

External Affairs and Disaster Services Manager, United Way Association of South Carolina (Columbia, SC)

Emergency Preparedness Specialist, Serve DC (Washington, DC)

Human Resources/Financial Analyst, Volunteer Florida (Tallahassee, FL)

Various Positions, SBP USA (Nationwide)

Crew Leaders, Arizona & New Mexico Conservation Corps

Search job openings at the Corporation for National & Community Service


Happy holidays from all of us at ASC!


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