Quarterly E-News | Spring Edition

March 2022

Upcoming Events

National Service Training Registration Deadlines

National Service Training Call for Proposals graphic

We look forward to seeing you at our 2022 National Service Training regional events! If you haven't yet registered or booked your hotel accommodations, please do so by the following deadlines:

We'd like to extend our gratitude to all of our event sponsors, especially our Golden Rule sponsors: America Learns, Service Year Alliance, and The SISGI Group. Thank you for your support!

Global Volunteer Month

April is Global Volunteer Month, and it's a great time to recognize and honor VGF and other volunteer engagement efforts. Please note the following dates, and click the links to view ideas for how to celebrate:


Events in Review

Leadership Convening

AmeriCorps and ASC leadership pose for a photo

We hosted our annual Leadership Convening from February 14-17, 2022. The week included our first in-person board meeting since 2020, virtual and in-person Hill Day visits, meetings for grantees of the Mott Foundation and Schultz Family Foundation, and two days of hybrid programming for commission leadership. View Leadership Convening photos on Flickr.

AmeriCorps Week

AmeriThanks to all Americans who wear the AmeriCorps A and make a difference

AmeriCorps Week, held March 13-19, was a wonderful celebration of all things national service. We loved seeing commissions and programs around the country honor their members and volunteers! View photos from Michael Smith's travels during AmeriCorps Week.

Training Series for New Commission Staff

In January and February, we offered three training series for new commission staff: an eight-part series for new program officers, a seven-part series for new fiscal officers, and an eight-part series for new executive directors. If you missed these training opportunities and feel they would be useful to you, contact Chad Driscoll for more information about accessing the recordings and materials.


Public Policy Updates

Expanding Service Years Toolkit

Expanding Service Years in States and Local Communities

In January, Service Year Alliance, AmeriCorps, and ASC released an updated version of our toolkit entitled Expanding Service Years in States and Local Communities. The timely toolkit provides current case studies of how governors, state legislators, mayors, and municipal leaders rely on national service members and organizations to get things done.

President's FY23 Budget Released

Earlier this week, President Biden released his FY23 budget. If passed by Congress, the budget will include $1.34 billion for the AmeriCorps agency, a $189.3 million increase over FY22.

In This Issue

  • Upcoming Events
    • National Service Training
    • Global Volunteer Month
  • Events in Review
    • Leadership Convening
    • AmeriCorps Week
    • Training Series for New Commission Staff
  • Welcome to the Network
    • Michael Smith, AmeriCorps CEO
    • New ASC Staff
  • Grant Opportunities
    • Afterschool Programs
    • Age-Integrated Service
  • Public Policy Updates
    • Expanding Service Years Toolkit
    • President's FY23 Budget Released

Welcome to the Network

Michael D. Smith, AmeriCorps CEO

Michael D. Smith

We were pleased when Michael D. Smith was confirmed as the new CEO of the AmeriCorps agency, and we've been happy to work with him since he began his role in January. We look forward to further collaboration!

Read our statement on Smith's confirmation.

New ASC Staff

New ASC Staff (L to R): Casey Reynolds, Brad Kmoch, Nailah Metwally-Ibrahim

We welcomed three new staff members to ASC in February and March. Click the links below to learn more about each of them.

We're thrilled to have them on the team!


Grant Opportunities

Afterschool Programs

an AmeriCorps member works with children afterschool

Thanks to the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, ASC is offering grants to state service commissions, statewide afterschool networks, or their designee to provide match funding for afterschool programs that are currently or will be leveraging national service resources in their state. Apply by May 13.

Age-Integrated Service

Ready to age-integrate national service? We've got $25K grants for that!

If your organization has AmeriCorps funding and wants to create new intergenerational initiatives or significantly expand or deepen existing programs that unite older and younger to serve together, consider applying for Encore.org's Generations Serving Together grant. Apply by April 22.


About America’s Service Commissions (ASC)

America’s Service Commissions 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 more than 75 percent of the federal AmeriCorps funds to address pressing community needs.