Fall 2016
Service in Action
Recognizing Service and Volunteerism throughout   Maryland

Members of Penn-Mar Human Services - Community Learning Services, recipients of this year's Governor's Service Award in the Group/Team category, pictured with Jeff Griffin, director, Governor's Office on Service and Volunteerism (left); Lt. Governor Boyd K. Rutherford (center); Steve McAdams, executive director,  Governor's Office of Community Initiatives (right).
Congratulations to the Recipients of the
33rd Annual Governor's Service Awards!
Celebrate the holidays with one of these activities!
CASA is hosting a  homebuyer workshop  in Spanish on November 19 in Hyattsville.  Contact Pablo Blank at 240-491-5705 or 
pblank@wearecasa.org for more information or to register.

A STAR! in Western Maryland invites you to donate and deliver Thanksgiving baskets for families i n Frostburg  on November 21 and donate toys for needy children for Stuffing the Truck with Big Froggy 105.3  WFRB and Toys for Happiness on December 9. Contact Patrick O'Brien at 301-687-4210 or  pobrien@frostburg.edu   to learn more.

Join Civic Works in honoring volunteers for their dedication to Baltimore communities and the lighting of Clifton Mansion's 80-foot tower on December 9.  Learn more .

STEMaction, Inc. will be hosting the FIRST Teach Challenge Qualifier   in Riverdale  where youth robotics teams will compete and be judged on design excellence, competitive play, and sportsmanship on December 17. The event is free and open to the public, and those interested in volunteering can complete a volunteer interest form.

There also will be several FIRST LEGO League events in cities throughout Maryland from December to February. Youth ages 9 to 14 compete on FIRST LEGO League teams to solve real-world engineering challenges and develop important life skills. See the schedule of events.
AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC) Atlantic Region is currently accepting service project proposals for 2017. AmeriCorps NCCC is a team-based community service program that mobilizes hard-working young adults to support short-term projects. An AmeriCorps NCCC team may help  communities prepare and respond to disasters; improve infrastructure, such as low-income housing and public parks; protect the environment by restoring streams or wildlife habitats; conserve energy through weatherization projects or recycling programs; or contribute to urban and rural development by supporting services to seniors, youth, or homeless individuals. Nonprofits, state and local agencies, schools, state and national parks, Indian Tribes, and faith-based and other community organizations may apply Learn more and submit a concept form .

The Governor's Office on Service and Volunteerism also funds opportunities for service in Maryland. Check out our funding opportunities   page   and sign up for our funding opportunity   newsletter   to learn more.

Thank you to all those who volunteered during Day to Serve!
With 515 events, 145,000 volunteer hours, and nearly $94,000 in non-food donations, the 2016 Governor's Day to Serve was a major success!

5th Annual Day to Serve
5th Annual Day to Serve