2014 Innovation & Leadership Service Program Finalists
Executive Service Corps, Washington
The Executive Service Corps of Washington is a program of 501 Commons, the state’s management support organization. 501 Commons helps nonprofits succeed by providing technology and management consulting; leadership coaching and executive advising; on-going finance, HR, and tech support; and free information, best practices, and referrals to skilled consultants and specialists.
The Executive Service Corps includes nearly 500 professionals of all ages and backgrounds who volunteer their time, expertise, and talents to nonprofits and schools. The 501 Commons staff recruit, match, and support Service Corps as they help nonprofits better manage today and strategically plan for tomorrow.
Community HealthCorps, Connecticut
The Community HealthCorps program is the largest health-focused, national AmeriCorps program that promotes health care for America’s underserved while developing tomorrow’s healthcare workforce. The mission is to improve healthcare access and enhance workforce development through community health center sponsored Community HealthCorps Members. Community HealthCorps Members serve for a minimum of 1,700 hours over the course of 10 months. In Connecticut, members serve within communities where 97% or the population is at or below 200% poverty, 24% are uninsured, 25% have limited English proficiency, more than 8,100 are homeless, and over 1,100 are veterans.
Peacemakers Family Center, Florida
Peacemakers Family Center founded in 1998, is a nonprofit, social services organization whose goal is to bring peace to Miami. Peacemakers Family Center seeks to serve and mentor individuals and families who are in a crisis by helping them move into self-sufficiency. The organization believes that partnering with individuals, businesses, state government and private foundations will bring help and hope to the hundreds of thousands of individuals and families who live in crisis. During its seven year partnership with Volunteer Florida the organization has received several awards and commendations for excellence in program management, leadership and retention.
Youth Villages AmeriCorps, Georgia
Since 2000, the Youth Villages AmeriCorps program has provided literacy and life skills tutoring, service learning, afterschool and summer programming and classroom assistance to thousands of youth at the Youth Villages-Inner Harbour Campus, a psychiatric residential facility and accredited priority school in Douglasville, GA. In addition to serving a unique population of youth with severe emotional and behavioral issues, the approximately 20 full-time members provide weekly community strengthening activities and disaster response in the state of Georgia.