National Service

National Service


California Volunteers is designated as the state service commission and administers the AmeriCorps national service portfolio in California. California Volunteers works with other national service programs to provide Californians of all ages and backgrounds the opportunity to strengthen their communities through service. National service programs include:

AmeriCorps: Through its programs, AmeriCorps provides opportunities for Americans to make an ongoing, intensive commitment to service.

AmeriCorps*State and National: AmeriCorps supports a broad range of local service programs that engage thousands of Americans in intensive service to meet critical community needs. California Volunteers administers the AmeriCorps program in California. More than three-quarters of AmeriCorps grant funding goes to Governor-appointed state service commissions, such as California Volunteers, which in turn awards and monitor grants to hundreds of nonprofit groups and agencies. The other quarter goes to national nonprofits that operate in more than one state. For more information, click here.

AmeriCorps*VISTA : For more than 40 years VISTA has provided full-time members to opportunity to create and expand programs that build capacity and ultimately bring low-income individuals and communities out of poverty. To learn more, click here. To apply for an AmeriCorps*VISTA grant, please contact the Corporation for National and Community Service California State Office at (310) 235-7421.

AmeriCorps*NCCC: The AmeriCorps*National Civilian Community Corps is a full-time residential program for men and women aged 18-24 that strengthens communities while developing leaders through direct, team-based national and community service. To learn more, click here. The AmeriCorps*NCCC Western Region Campus based in Sacramento accepts applications from nonprofit and public agencies to host an AmeriCorps*NCCC team (typically 10-12 members) for 6-8 weeks to assist with high-impact, but short-term projects. For further information and/or application materials, please contact Sharon Morioka-Estrada at (916) 640-0310.

• Grants: Available to schools, higher education institutions, Native American tribes, community-based organizations, and others to assist in the planning and implementation of service-learning programs. To learn more about service-learning grants for K-12 school districts in California, contact the CalServe Initiative at the California Department of Education at (916) 319-0543.

• Training and Technical Assistance: The National Service-Learning Clearinghouse provides a library of lesson plans, research, and project examples to support service-learning programs.

• Recognition Programs: The Presidential Freedom Scholarships and the President’s Volunteer Service Award acknowledge outstanding youth service.

Senior Corps: Senior Corps offers a network of programs that tap the rich experience, skills and talents of older citizens to meet community challenges. To learn more about Senior Corps and how your organization may be able to partner, contact the Corporation for National and Community Service California State Office at (310) 235-7421.

Foster Grandparents: Connects volunteers age 60 and over with children and young people with exceptional needs.

Senior Companion Program: Brings together volunteers age 60 and over with adults in their community who have difficulty with the simple tasks of day-to-day living.

RSVP: offers “one stop shopping” for all volunteers 55 and over who want to find challenging, rewarding, and significant service opportunities in their local communities.