Serve Kentucky currently administers 20 AmeriCorps programs with more than $11.5 million in federal grant funds along with supporting other community service programs across the Commonwealth. Since 1994, more than 12,000 Kentuckians have served approximately 19 million hours through AmeriCorps, earning AmeriCorps Education Awards totaling more than $44.3 million. Serve Kentucky is strengthening our mission to support nonprofit volunteer management best practices and disaster services.
Serve Kentucky, formerly the Kentucky Commission on Community Volunteerism and Service, is a State Service Commission. In addition to overseeing the annual grant competition that awards funding to AmeriCorps State and other community service programs, State Service Commissions determine social needs in their states, set policy and program priorities, provide training and assistance, support national days of service, and promote service and volunteering.
Serve Kentucky was established by Executive Order 94-6, as required by the National and Community Service Trust Act of 1993. Serve Kentucky was created to serve as a conduit for federal funds that support AmeriCorps programs in the Commonwealth, encourage and recognize volunteerism, and assist in service program development. The commission is a statewide, bipartisan group of up to 25 members, appointed and re-appointed by the governor, with diverse service and volunteerism backgrounds.
Serve Kentucky funding is provided by the Corporation for National and Community Service and the Kentucky General Assembly. The Cabinet for Health and Family Services is the parent agency for the commission, providing administrative support and oversight.
To engage Kentuckians in volunteerism and service to positively impact our communities.