Quarterly E-News | Summer Edition

July 2022

Upcoming Events

ASC Innovation & Leadership Awards

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ASC will be hosting our annual Innovation & Leadership Awards on Thursday, September 22, 2022. The virtual awards reception will kick off a year's worth of celebrations in honor of our silver anniversary — we've been uniting states in service for 25 years!

We look forward to celebrating with you this year! For more information or to nominate a colleague for an award, please visit our website.


Events in Review

National Service Training

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We hosted our 2022 National Service Training regional events in Milwaukee, Burlington, and Albuquerque. Including those who attended the livestream, we had over 1,600 attendees this year! Thank you all for the amazing turnout! We hope, as always, that these trainings were useful for you. View event photos on Flickr.

Celebrating Volunteers

In April, we celebrated Global Volunteer Month, National Volunteer Week, and Volunteer Generation Fund (VGF) Day.  We loved seeing the volunteers and volunteer programs highlighted by various commissions, and we were thrilled to see how many government proclamations were issued to recognize these important holidays. Thank you for celebrating volunteerism!

Commissioner Engagement

Over the past few months, our CEO Kaira Esgate has led several commissioner retreats. In addition, other ASC staff members have presented at commission meetings on various topics. Our team always enjoys engaging commissioners, so please reach out if you're interested in ASC facilitating a session or retreat with your commissioners.

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Public Policy Updates

FY23 Appropriations Process

On Thursday, June 30, the House Appropriations Committee passed their FY23 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations Bill. The bill funds the Corporation for National and Community Service (AmeriCorps agency) and all associated programs among other federal agencies. With passage by the Appropriations Committee, the bill will next go to the full House of Representatives in July.

The bill recommends $1.3 billion for the agency, including more than $522 million for AmeriCorps State and National (a $56 million increase over FY22) and $19.5 million for Commission Support Grants (a $444,000 increase over FY22). For the most part, the bill includes increases for all aspects of the agency’s budget over the FY22 enacted levels.

Please note these are not the final numbers, and the outlook in the Senate is fairly unclear at this point. ASC has learned that the Senate Appropriations Committee may not officially “mark-up” their appropriations bills, similar to FY22, but would rather release draft bills and explanatory text before August to serve as a negotiating point with the House.

ASC will continue to provide updates regarding the FY23 appropriations process in the months to come.

For more information, read this detailed synopsis of the House’s actions.

In This Issue

  • Upcoming Events
    • ASC Innovation & Leadership Awards
  • Events in Review
    • National Service Training
    • Celebrating Volunteers
    • Commissioner Engagement
  • Announcements & Reminders
    • MAP Enrollment
    • ASN Grants
    • Alumni Engagement
  • Welcome to the Network
    • New ASC Staff
  • S4S Public Policy Updates
    • FY23 Appropriations

Announcements & Reminders

MAP Enrollment

Photo of a white van with the AmeriCorps logo on the side. A person is looking out of the passenger side window. Text overlay reads Now Enrolling: AmeriCorps Member Assistance Program (MAP)

Interested in enrolling or re-enrolling in our AmeriCorps Member Assistance Program (MAP)? Enrollment is now open!

AmeriCorps State & National Grants

The AmeriCorps agency recently announced more than $580 million in grant funding for AmeriCorps State and National Programs. Congratulations to all those who were funded!

Alumni Engagement

front cover of AmeriCorps Alumni Engagement: A Guide for State Service Commissions. Includes blue geometric elements, photos of AmeriCorps members in AmeriCorps gear, and the ASC logo

ASC is thrilled to announce that we have released an updated version of our AmeriCorps Alumni Engagement Guide for commissions.


Welcome to the Network

New ASC Staff

Alli Zuel

We welcomed a new staff member to ASC in May: Alli Zuel, Volunteer Engagement Manager. We're thrilled to have her on the team!


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. Learn more at statecommissions.org.