Volunteer Admin Alliance: SC Service Commission 101

Learn About the SC Service Commission and How It Enhances Volunteerism

Thursday, September 8, 2022
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM (EDT)
via Zoom
Category: Volunteer Admin Alliance
Representatives with the South Carolina Service Commission will present to Volunteer Admin. Alliance members on AmeriCorps national service programs as well as the commission's role in supporting volunteerism in South Carolina. Given the range of the VAA membership's familiarity and experience with AmeriCorps, the presentation will span a highlight of introductory topics and will also dive into more specifics around ways to form linkages with AmeriCorps, from ad hoc service projects to host sites and at-large programs.
AmeriCorps is a federal agency dedicated to national service that has existed since the 1990s. AmeriCorps annually places over 50,000 national service members across the 50 US states and territories. AmeriCorps supports engaging national service members at locations across the country through grants and partnerships with programs ranging from multi-state agencies to small, hometown nonprofits and public agencies addressing local needs.
AmeriCorps branches of service include AmeriCorps State and National (direct service), AmeriCorps VISTA (capacity building), AmeriCorps Seniors RSVP, AmeriCorps Seniors Foster Grandparents, AmeriCorps Seniors Senior Companion, and AmeriCorps NCCC. Each branch of AmeriCorps has a unique approach to national service anchored within community-level partnerships. 
AmeriCorps members serve in schools, community centers, government branches, on trails, and at disaster sites in a wide array of focus areas including Education, Economic Opportunity, Healthy Futures, Environmental Stewardship, Disaster Services, and Veterans and Military Families. 
AmeriCorps South Carolina in the 2021-2022 cycle deployed close to 300 national service members serving at over 120 sites across the state through 17 local, regional, and statewide programs across 5 national service focus areas. 

Attendees (20)

Cindy Averitt

Manager of Volunteer Programs

HopeHealth Inc

Maggie Clark

Volunteer Director / Social Worker

Hospice Care of the Lowcountry

Alex Cook

Volunteer Coordinator

Pickens County Advocacy Center

Karen Culley

VP of Community Impact

United Way of Pickens County

Jeremy Franklin

Manager of Volunteer Services at Department of Juvenile Justice

SC Department of Juvenile Justice

Mary Dell Hayes

Principal Consultant

StopGap Solutions

Monica Hudgens

H.U.G.S AmeriCorps Program Director

Leeza's Care Connection

Lexi Jones

Evaluation Coordinator

South Carolina First Steps

Tamara Joseph


Transgender Awareness Alliance

Lynn McCollum-Lasher

Executive Director

Let's Walk

Viktoria McKenna

Development Director

Ezekiel Ministries

Amanda McSwine

Deputy Director of AmeriCorps & DEI Lead

United Way Association of SC

Amanda Nadel

AmeriCorps Manager

United Way Association of SC

Cheryl O'Donnell

Executive Director

Florence Crittenton Programs of SC

Koe-Yonna Pushia

Volunteer Engagement Manager

Black River United Way

Brooke Robertson

Director of Strategic Communication & Member Experience

Neue South Collective

Tayler Simon

Education and Outreach Manager

The Hive Community Circle

Katrina Valliere

Volunteer Coordinator

The Parenting Place

Katy Watkins

Volunteer Coordinator

Richland Library

Mark Weller

Executive Director - South Carolina Service Commission (AmeriCorps SC)

United Way Association of SC

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Mary Dell Hayes

Mary Dell Hayes

Principal Consultant, StopGap Solutions