Volunteer Maryland Opens 2023-2024 Service Site Application Period
Nonprofits, Government Agencies, and Schools Encouraged to Apply to Host AmeriCorps Volunteer Coordinators During Next Service Year
ANNAPOLIS, MD — Volunteer Maryland today opened its 2023-2024 service site application period. The program — which this year celebrates its 30th anniversary — is encouraging nonprofits, government agencies, and schools to apply to host AmeriCorps volunteer coordinators during the next service year to help support education, economic opportunity, and environmental stewardship statewide.
“Volunteer Maryland AmeriCorps members can help enhance volunteer programs that are working to meet evolving community needs,” said Governor’s Office of Community Initiatives Executive Director Steven J. McAdams. “Partnering with Volunteer Maryland is an excellent opportunity for organizations who are already doing great work to increase their capacity to serve.”
During each service year, Volunteer Maryland assigns AmeriCorps volunteer coordinators to a partner service site, where they work closely with staff to help improve volunteer program capacity through training sessions, recruitment drives, and developing community partnerships. Up to thirty AmeriCorps volunteer coordinators will be eligible for placement with participating service sites for an eleven month period, beginning in Sept. 2023.
Prior to submitting an application, interested organizations are encouraged to attend one of five free virtual workshop sessions on Jan. 17, Jan. 24, Jan. 31, Feb. 7, or Feb. 14. Each session is from 10 a.m. to noon. Workshop attendees will learn about the benefits of hosting an AmeriCorps member and partnering with Volunteer Maryland to upgrade their volunteer programs, in addition to hearing about select grant opportunities.
“For thirty years, Volunteer Maryland AmeriCorps members, service sites, and volunteers have worked every day to help make a positive impact in communities across Maryland,” said Volunteer Maryland Director Sharon Lewis. “When we expand our partnerships, we expand that legacy of impact.”
Currently, 18 Volunteer Maryland AmeriCorps volunteer coordinators and service sites are working together in myriad ways to help build stronger communities statewide. Since Volunteer Maryland’s inception in 1992, more than 750 individuals have served as AmeriCorps members in Maryland, successfully recruiting more than 130,000 volunteers who served more than 2 million hours at more than 350 organizations across the state.
To learn more and to register to attend an informational session about becoming a Volunteer Maryland partner service site, visit https://volunteer.maryland.gov/servicesites. The application period will end on March 3, 2023.