Hurricane Relief
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The Corporation for National and Community Service carries on a tradition based on working with governor-appointed state commissions, nonprofits, faith-based groups, schools and other civic organizations to provide opportunities for Americans of all ages to serve their communities.
Commission Members
Anthony Campbell, Ph.D, Chair

Ben Calvert, Youth Voice
M. Ali Chaudry, Ph.D.
Anne B. Ciemnecki
Rev. William Coleman
Daniel Croson, Jr.
Linda Walder Fiddle, Esq.
Chief Mark Gould
Emily A. Greenfield
Rev. Wayne Meisel

James Palmer, ex officio designee, voting
Mark D. Peters, II, Pharm.D.
Michael Pulsinelli
Rev. Joseph V. Thelusca
Martin Tuchman
David Warshaw,
ex officio designee, voting

ex-officio, non-voting
Melissa Allen
Brenda Beavers
Kimberly Cenno
Linda M. Czipo
Erin McGrath


Rowena Madden, Director
NonProfit Information


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Contact the NJ Commission on National and Community Service
NJ Commission on National and
Community Service
P.O. Box 456
Trenton, NJ 08625

Tel: (609) 633-9627
Fax: (609) 777-2939

Email: Feedback@sos.nj.gov
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Efforts to help the people of Puerto Rico

AmeriCorps members from St. Paul’s Community Development Corporation in Paterson – assisting at the National Guard West Orange Armory with donations for Puerto Rico.

AmeriCorps members from St. Paul’s Community Development Corporation in Paterson – assisting at the National Guard West Orange Armory with donations for Puerto Rico

2018 AmeriCorps Competitive Grants
Notice of Funding Opportunity

The NJ Commission on National and Community Service, NJ Department of State, announces funding opportunities for 2018 AmeriCorps Competitive grants. AmeriCorps, sometimes called the “Domestic Peace Corps” is a national service program funded by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS). Through this Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO), the NJ Commission seeks to identify projects that it can submit for award consideration by the CNCS.

Grant Opportunities 2018

AmeriCorps and Senior Corps Responds to Hurricanes Harvey and Irma
AmeriCorps and Senior Corps Responds to Hurricanes Harvey and Irma

The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), the federal agency for volunteering and service, has deployed more than 1,800 AmeriCorps and Senior Corps members to areas impacted by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. This includes Americans serving with FEMA Corps and AmeriCorps Disaster Response Teams (A-DRTs), CNCS’s elite, specialty-trained disaster response crews.

In Texas, more than 800 AmeriCorps members from Conservation Corps Minnesota Iowa, Montana Conservation Corps, Southwest Conservation Corps, Texas Conservation Corps, Washington Conservation Corps, and AmeriCorps NCCC -- along with FEMA Corps and SBP, both AmeriCorps programs -- are supporting recovery activities in Corpus Christi, Austin, Beaumont, Houston, Brazoria County, and regions of Coastal Bend Texas.

This service includes volunteer and donations management, disaster survivor assistance, operations and logistics, damage assessments, and muck and gut operations, working alongside response organizations including All Hands Volunteers, Volunteer Houston, and NECHAMA. Nearly 200 additional locally serving Senior Corps and AmeriCorps programs, including City Year San Antonio, are assisting with donations and volunteer management.

In response to Hurricane Irma, CNCS has made available more than 800 Senior Corps and AmeriCorps members to support operations in Florida, Georgia, and Puerto Rico. The AmeriCorps members are providing disaster survivor assistance, support for logistics, and are working with Save the Children to implement child-friendly spaces in shelter environments. In addition, Volunteer Florida’s AmeriCorps teams have provided disaster response to more than 8,600 residents, and locally-serving Senior Corps programs have been involved in emergency food, shelter, and volunteer operations.

Later this week, AmeriCorps members will arrive in Florida from the Conservation Corps Minnesota Iowa, Washington Conservation Corps, AmeriCorps NCCC, and local A-DRT, Florida Conservation Corps. These disaster response experts will lead volunteers in debris removal, blue-roof tarping, and mucking and gutting homes.

Following a disaster, national service acts as a force multiplier, providing key resources and significantly expanding the capacity of existing organizations on the ground. Through all its programs and initiatives, CNCS helps communities to prepare for, mitigate, respond to, and recover from disasters.

In the years following Hurricane Katrina, CNCS sent more than 40,000 AmeriCorps and Senior Corps members to the Gulf Coast region who managed the bulk of the 1 million volunteers who arrived to help rebuild. Since then, AmeriCorps and Senior Corps teams have provided critical support after countless disasters, including Hurricane Sandy; last year’s Louisiana flooding; tornadoes in Joplin, Mo., Tuscaloosa, Ala., and Moore, Okla.; the explosion in West, Texas; and the Deepwater Horizon BP Oil Spill.

To learn how to help and sign up to receive updates, visit www.NationalService.gov/2017Disasters.

New Jersey Commission on National and Community Service Awarded $283,333 to Strengthen and Expand Volunteering Across New Jersey

TRENTON - The New Jersey Commission on National and Community Service (NJ Commission) announced today that it has received a Volunteer Generation Fund (VGF) grant of $283,333 from the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), the federal agency that oversees AmeriCorps and the nation’s volunteer initiatives. This funding will allow the NJ Commission to better support local organizations in recruiting, managing, and retaining volunteers to address some of New Jersey’s most pressing challenges.

Press Release: September 7, 2017

AmeriCorps Grant on Law Enforcement/Community Relations Provides a Study on Safety during Motor Vehicle Stops.

Citizens of NJ were surveyed to test their knowledge of best practices on motor vehicle stops to help determine the need for motorist education. The survey itself was also analyzed and critiqued for potential changes beyond this study prior to further widespread use and data collection.

Download the Report

Mandatory National Service Criminal History Check Requirements for all AmeriCorps programs

In order to participate in AmeriCorps/SeniorCorps programing and receive grant funds, all members, and covered personnel who are in the budget – either as funded by the grant or as a match, must undergo background screening. While federal regulations require different checks under various circumstances, the state commission has streamlined the process to make it easier for member organizations and ensure compliance. As such, all relevant individuals should proceed through the below step by step criminal history check list by following the instructions given.

Mandatory National Service Criminal History Check

Newark Salvation Army commemorates Dr. Martin Luther King
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service

Newark Salvation Army commemorates Dr. Martin Luther King. Eldridge Hawkins, Director of Community Relations, represented the NJ Commission on National and Community Service, at the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service on January 17, 2017. Mr. Hawkins joined a panel that discussed civil rights and law enforcement/community relations with AmeriCorps and Senior Corps national service members.

AmeriCorps Programs Serve NJ Communities

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AmeriCorps programs will serve communities throughout New Jersey in the priority areas of education, disaster response, social services, and environmental stewardship.

2015-2016 AmeriCorps Program Summary