Corporation for National and Community Service
The Corporation for National and Community Service and AmeriCorps were established through the National and Community Service Trust Act of 1993. The act combined the Commission on National and Community Service with the federal domestic volunteer agency ACTION to unite a full range of domestic community service programs under one central organization named AmeriCorp.
Congress charged individual states to manage national service resources through governor-appointed state service commissions in nearly every state and in most U.S. territories.
In addition to setting national service funding priorities and making and monitoring AmeriCorps grants, state service commissions typically serve as the lead statewide agency to mobilize volunteers and promote community service within their respective states.
Every year, governors and state service commissions distribute more than $250 million dollars from federal national service funds, which in turn leverage more than $100 million in local funding to support citizen service and volunteering in America.
Serve Idaho, The Governor’s Commission on Service and Volunteerism, was established through Executive Order by Governor Cecil D. Andrus in 1994 as a result of the National and Community Service Trust Act of 1993 and the creation of AmeriCorps. The commission had two staff members and a governor-appointed commission comprised of 15 individuals representing diverse backgrounds and regions of the state.
The commission was established to advise and assist in the development and implementation of a comprehensive, statewide plan for promoting volunteer involvement and citizen participation in Idaho, as well as to serve as the state’s liaison to national, state and community organizations which support the intent of the National and Community Service Trust Act.
Serve Idaho was formerly known as the Idaho Commission for National and Community Service.
In 1994, the Serve Idaho Commission trained and gave the AmeriCorps pledge to its first class of 23 AmeriCorps members. The AmeriCorps members served in the Idaho TRiO AmeriCorps Program through Lewis Clark State College and the Idaho State Parks in Education AmeriCorps Program through the Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation.
Serve Idaho has been housed with the Idaho State Board of Education and the Idaho Department of Correction. The commission joined the Idaho Department of Labor In July 2009. The Department of Labor serves as the host agency for the administration of the Serve Idaho Commission.
The Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act, reauthorizing AmeriCorps, was passed in 2009 laying the groundwork for significant expansion of AmeriCorps and civic engagement activities nationwide. The work of the Serve Idaho Commission is anticipated to grow significantly over the coming years.
Serve Idaho is funded by grants from the Corporation for National and Community Service and through cash and in-kind donations from state and local partners. The Department of Labor provides generous matching funds and other administrative support to the commission. Serve Idaho does not receive general funds from the state.
The Corporation for National and Community Service provides federal funding for service-related programs and initiatives including AmeriCorps*State and National Grants program, AmeriCorps*VISTA, the Senior Service Corps and Learn and Serve America. All of these programs strive to engage Americans of all ages and backgrounds in community-based service to address unmet critical needs in communities throughout the United States.