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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. 

 

Staff

Executive Director - Marc McAleavey

National Service Manager - Sara Talbert

Operations Manager - Naejla Walton

Communications & Training Manager - Cassandra Gillenwater

History

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 2019-2022.

Programs

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.

Initiatives

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 seven catagories – Volunteerism Award (18+), Youth Volunteer of the Year Award (Under 18 years old), Lifetime Achievement, National Service Member Award, Volunteer Program Award, Corporate Service Award, and Government Service Award. 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 or spring.


Service Project 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.
 

Disaster Assistance: The Serve Indiana team collaborates with numerous state and federal agencies to help assist and support disaster relief efforts should the need for those efforts arise.
 

The Empathy Sector: As our newest initiative, Serve Indiana is committed to convening The Empathy Sector in Indiana as a leader of volunteerism and service and the role those forces play in increasing empathy. The Empathy Sector has become a framework that drives Serve Indiana’s outreach efforts as well as our provision of services as a governmental intermediary. As we work with employers, nonprofit organizations, faith-based organizations, and community leaders, Serve Indiana will utilize The Empathy Sector as a way for others to make meaning of their volunteerism and service. By connecting these layers of community assets together under the umbrella of increasing empathy, Serve Indiana will better leverage and utilize their resources, the resources of the Department of Workforce Development, other governmental services, and community connections across the state to harness the power of this emerging Empathy Sector.

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