Our Programs


AmeriCorps is often referred to as the “domestic Peace Corps.” Participants — known as AmeriCorps members — perform a year of service with a program that meets local community needs in return for a modest living allowance and education award.

Resource for current CV AmeriCorps programs.

Disaster Volunteering and Preparedness

CaliforniaVolunteers is the lead state agency for coordinating volunteers during disasters. CaliforniaVolunteers supports a wide range of volunteer programs and voluntary organizations including Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT), Volunteers in Police Service (VIPS), Fire Corps, Neighborhood Watch, Medical Reserve Corps (MRC), and Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters (VOAD), Faith Based and Community Based organizations. In partnering with these organizations CaliforniaVolunteers helps to increase the number of trained volunteers available to help during a disaster.

Business Partners Programs


Recent research has demonstrated that employees entering the workforce would prefer to work for companies that give them opportunities to contribute their talents to nonprofit organizations. To stay competitive and attract the best and brightest talent, many companies need help in creating or improving their business volunteer programs. The Business Partners Program provides tools, resources and recognition for businesses to build high-quality volunteer programs that support their communities.

Disaster Donations

CaliforniaVolunteers is the lead state office charged with coordinating monetary donations during disasters. In the event of a disaster, anyone who wishes to assist victims can visit the CaliforniaVolunteers homepage to find out how to make donations.

CV Service Enterprise Initiative

The CaliforniaVolunteers Service Enterprise Initiative recognizes those organizations that excel in the recruitment, management, and integration of volunteers into their organizational strategy. Through local volunteer centers, this initiative strengthens generate greater operational effectiveness through volunteer engagement.

Governor's Volunteering and Service Awards

The Governor’s Volunteering and Service Awards serves to inspire Californians by honoring amazing individuals, organizations, and companies who are making an impact in their local communities through volunteering and service.