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Mission Statement

The mission of the DC Commission on National and Community Service is to strengthen and promote theDistrict of Columbia's spirit of service through partnerships, national service and volunteerism. The Commission focuses on three areas to accomplish this mission:

  • Partnerships: Develops partnerships among civic groups, government agencies, educational institutions, nonprofit organizations, corporations and small businesses and the faith-based community.
  • National Service: Administers AmeriCorps programs in the District and facilitates collaboration among all national service programs including Senior Corps, Learn and Serve, AmeriCorps*NCCC and AmeriCorps*VISTA.
  • Volunteerism:Encourages citizens of all ages and backgrounds to address a variety of community needs by volunteering. Leads the Citizen Corps initiative, which provides citizens with opportunities to volunteer and make their communities safer, stronger and better prepared to address threats of terrorism, crime and disasters.


The DC Commission on National and Community Service was established by an Executive Order of the Mayor. The commission is one of 51 such bodies nationwide promoting volunteerism and overseeing national service programs in states across the country. In June of 2008, the Mayor changed our public name to Serve DC, The Mayor's Office on Volunteerism, to better reflect our mission. The mission of Serve DC is to strengthen and promote the District of Columbia's spirit of service through partnerships, national service and volunteerism. We accomplish our mission by enhancing the education of the community's youth, improving citizen safety and neighborhood emergency preparedness and strengthening the community through service. We encourage you to peruse our website to find out more about the initiatives we are leading or participating in to make DC a better place to live, work and visit. Consider nominating a volunteer for the Mayor's Community Service Award, which is given each month to one youth and one adult. Join us for one of our volunteer. Days such as Make a Difference Day or Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Read about our State Service Plan and our AmeriCorps programs. Sign up for one of our Citizen Corps volunteer programs to learn valuable emergency preparedness training. There are many ways for you to serve your country, serve your community and Serve DC.





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