About Oregon Volunteers
Oregon Volunteers is the Oregon Commission for Voluntary Action & Service.
Formed in 1994, Oregon Volunteers was established in accordance with the federal National and Community Service Trust Act of 1993. It is composed of up to 25 voting members creating a commission of non-partisan, diverse citizens reflecting Oregon’s unique nature. Oregon Volunteers has been part of Oregon Housing and Community Services since 2001.
The Oregon Volunteer and Community Service Act was passed in the 2007 legislation session with the stated purpose to promote the development of better communities by using citizen participation and volunteerism to foster greater civic responsibility. Oregon Volunteers Commission for Voluntary Action and Service is mandated to identify goals to develop and facilitate the initiation of public and private entity programs that will encourage and reward citizen participation and volunteerism.
Oregon Volunteers promotes and supports AmeriCorps, Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), volunteerism, and civic engagement to strengthen Oregon communities.
Oregon Volunteers provides Oregonians a statewide entity to:
- Volunteerism: focus service and volunteer efforts
- Civic Engagement: enhance the ethic of service and voluntarism in the state
- AmeriCorps: provide funds for state-based AmeriCorps programs
Primary Program Areas
Portland State University has been a partner and has provided a physical home to the commission since its inception in 1994.