We are AmeriCorps in Wisconsin

Serve Wisconsin works with AmeriCorps members and community partners to meet critical needs throughout Wisconsin. We focus on solving tough problems in educational achievement, economic opportunity, childhood obesity, health access, environmental protection, and homeless and runaway youth. AmeriCorps members are given the opportunity to enrich the lives of the people and communities they serve and their own lives through professional and personal development.

As the state’s administrator for federal AmeriCorps funds, we provide grants to nonprofit organizations that have been selected to run AmeriCorps programs. Serve Wisconsin provides training and technical assistance and monitors these organizations to ensure that they adhere to all federal rules and regulations related to their AmeriCorps grants.

Serve Wisconsin currently administers funds to 26 programs throughout Wisconsin. Please click here to see where AmeriCorps members are currently serving in the state.

AmeriCorps members have a big impact! During the 2017-2018 program year, 771 AmeriCorps members served over 934,000 hours in Wisconsin communities with the following results:

  • 2,960 students showed improved academic performance

  • 934 students completed after-school learning programs

  • 5,700 students received nutrition education

  • 89 farmers were supported for local food supply, school presentations, and/or school visits

  • 956 students completed literacy programs and 265 students completed mathematics tutoring programs

  • 329 economically disadvantaged students received a post-secondary degree

  • 1,536 individuals with disabilities participated in therapeutic recreational activities

  • 1,604 individuals received information on health insurance, access, or health benefits programs

  • 221 individuals with addiction issues created a recovery service plan

  • 4,943 homeless or runaway youth returned home or to a safe alternative placement

  • 3,022 homeless or runaway youth received additional services

  • 5 single-family homes were constructed and sold to low-income individuals, families, or people with disabilities

  • 14 economically disadvantaged AmeriCorps members obtained GEDs and 28 obtained employment

  • 63 organizations reported positive changes in their level of competence and/or greater levels of success after receiving capacity building services

Our Mission & History

Serve Wisconsin promotes service, provides training and allocates resources to programs that enrich lives and communities through service and volunteerism.

In September 1993, President Bill Clinton signed the National and Community Service Trust Act of 1993 which created AmeriCorps as we know it today and the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), which oversees AmeriCorps. This Act allowed for better organization and expanded opportunities for Americans to serve their communities. It also allowed for the creation of state National and Community Service Commissions to direct federal resources on the local level.  

Serve Wisconsin was established January 28, 1994 as Wisconsin's National and Community Service Commission by Governor Tommy G. Thompson under Executive Order "to encourage service and volunteer participation as a means of community and state problem-solving; to promote and support voluntary citizen involvement in government and private programs throughout the state; to develop a long-term vision and plan of action for community service initiatives in Wisconsin; and to serve as the State's liaison to national and state organizations which support its mission." 

Each year AmeriCorps members kickoff the service year on the steps of the Wisconsin State Capitol.