About Serve Indiana

Serve Indiana is a division of the Department of Workforce Development for the State of Indiana.  The mission of Serve Indiana is to advance service and volunteerism by informing, connecting, and promoting opportunities and resources that enrich the lives of Hoosiers.  They accomplish this mission through several programs and initiatives including AmeriCorps State, Indiana Kids, Day of Service Grants, and the Awards for Excellence Ceremony. 


Executive Director - Marc McAleavey

National Service Manager - Sara Talbert

Operations Manager - Naejla Walton

Communications & Training Manager - Cassandra Gillenwater

History, Initiatives, and Responsibilities

Learn how Serve Indiana and the Serve Indiana Commission were started, the responsibilities of the office, and the initiatives that drive us in our Serve Indiana State Service Plan 2016-2018.


AmeriCorps*State provides opportunities for individuals to make an intensive commitment to service with the goal of “helping others and meeting critical needs in the community.” This is a national program administered by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS). In Indiana, the AmeriCorps*State grant is administered by Serve Indiana. Serve Indiana manages the grant application process for AmeriCorps*State, including issuing requests for proposals, conducting application reviews, and awarding grants. It also provides training and technical assistance to support sub-grantees and in turn, monitors programs, host-sites, and members to ensure compliance to federal and state grant requirements. The performance of each program is tracked and measured to established targets and outcomes.

Indiana Kids is a partnership between Serve Indiana, Family and Social Services Agency (FSSA) and after school programs. FSSA’s provides funding through Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) for this program and Serve Indiana provides the funding, structure and oversight of the programs to its sub-grantees. The program has four main goals: Increase youth career and college readiness, promote civic responsibility through engaging students in service activities, increase student academic achievement and increase parents job skills, parenting skills and life skills leading to overall self-sufficiency. Sub-grantees of this program are after school organizations that can meet the above goals within TANF funding goals 3 and/or 4.


Volunteer Engagement Roundtables: The roundtables focus on providing capacity building assistance to volunteer centers. The roundtables are co-hosted with the Indiana Association of United Ways. This includes professional development trainings, networking and collaboration opportunities, and tools to support best and strategic practices to address volunteer management at Volunteer Centers in Indiana. Volunteer Centers act as the local “volunteer hub” where all citizens can go to get informed and connected to meaningful volunteer work that contributes to the solutions of serious community problems.

Serve Indiana Awards for Excellence:The awards event is Serve Indiana’s opportunity to honor individuals in Indiana communities that volunteer or serve. There are eight different categories (youth, volunteer, national service member, corporate, lifetime, and volunteer program) and applications are open to any person who would like to make a nomination. Nominations generally open in the spring and are due in the summer with the award ceremony happening in the fall.

Days of Service Mini Grants: Mini-grants are offered to provide resources to coordinate Day of Service projects. The goal of the Mini-Grant program is to demonstrate the power of service as a solution to community needs. Serve Indiana encourages Day of Service projects that (1) demonstrate community connections and use of local resources, (2) build capacity of local volunteer centers and national service programs through regional networking and co-planning of activities, and (3) increase national service participant and volunteer understanding and commitment to national service and volunteerism.

Volunteer Center Capacity Build Grant: Volunteer Center Capacity Building Fund (VCCBF) grant funds support development and strengthening of the volunteer infrastructure in Indiana through Volunteer Centers. A Volunteer Center is an organization whose mission is designed to support public and nonprofit organizations (by increasing volunteer management capacity) and volunteers (by connecting them with meaningful opportunities) within an identified service area. Volunteer Centers in this program must connect volunteers and make their services available to community organizations outside of their own and promote volunteerism among citizens. The 2016 program year is the first year for this program with no guarantee of continued operation.

Disaster Spontaneous Volunteer and Donations Management: Guided by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Indiana Department of Homeland Security (IDHS), Serve Indiana is designated as responsible for spontaneous volunteers and non-monetary donations management in the Volunteer and Donations Management Plan written by the Indiana Department of Homeland Security. Serve Indiana works with the experts in the field in order to coordinate these services. Indiana Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD) is a significant partner in this work.