Frequently Asked Questions about Oregon Volunteers!

What is Oregon Volunteers?

Oregon Volunteers, the Commission for Voluntary Action & Service is composed of up to 25 voting members appointed by the Governor, the commission was created in 1994 to provide Oregonians with a statewide entity to focus service and volunteer efforts, to enhance the ethic of service and voluntarism in the state and provide funds for state-based AmeriCorps programs.

How is Oregon Volunteers related to AmeriCorps and national service?

Oregon Volunteers, Commission for Voluntary Action and Service was created in accordance with the federal National and Community Service Trust Act of 1993, which also created AmeriCorps. More than three-quarters of federal AmeriCorps grant funds go to Governor-appointed State Commissions, like Oregon Volunteers, which in turn distribute and monitor grants to local nonprofits and agencies to run AmeriCorps programs. We also coordinate national service opportunities with AmeriCorps*VISTA, Senior Corps, and Learn & Serve through the Corporation for National and Community Service state program office and the Oregon Department of Education.

Do you provide help all over Oregon?

We provide AmeriCorps grant funds to nonprofit, government and community organizations around the state to manage local and state-wide AmeriCorps programs. We also promote and support volunteerism state-wide through the Oregon Committee on Volunteerism, a committee of Oregon Volunteers.

How can I post a volunteer opportunity on your website?

The Oregon Volunteers website is not designed to host a database of volunteer opportunities. However, community volunteer centers host on-line databases that serve their represented region. Find a volunteer center here. Or, try posting your volunteer opportunities on www.allforgood.org or www.craigslist.org.

I am interested in volunteering. How can I get involved?

You can search local opportunities and find ideas for where to volunteer here. If you are interested in joining AmeriCorps, visit the AmeriCorps NW website or the Oregon AmeriCorps*VISTA website.

What types of things has Oregon Volunteers done in the past?

For 10 years, the Oregon Commission for Voluntary Action & Service has been supporting volunteerism and granting AmeriCorps funds in Oregon.

Are there commissions like yours in other states?

The 1993 Community Service Trust Act created the need for service commissions in every state to identify local priorities and solutions. Today virtually every state has a commission that is charged with administering AmeriCorps funds and promoting service and volunteerism. Find similar commissions in other states.

What is AmeriCorps?

AmeriCorps is a national service program that engages more than 50,000 Americans each year in intensive service to meet community needs in education, the environment, public safety, homeland security, and other areas. AmeriCorps is administered by the Corporation for National and Community Service which also oversees Senior Corps and Learn and Serve America. Find out how AmeriCorps members in Oregon are making a difference.

How do I get more information?

Please contact us for more information.