Volunteer Florida, the lead agency for volunteerism and national service in Florida, administers $31.7 million in federal, state, and local funding for national service and volunteer programs across the state.
Volunteer Florida is guided by a bipartisan board of Commissioners, who are appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Florida Senate.
Volunteer Florida administers national service programs like AmeriCorps, which offer Floridians the opportunity to engage in intensive service to their community while increasing capacity for nonprofits and other service organizations. Volunteer Florida’s grantees include schools, educational foundations, nonprofits, faith-based organizations, and other community organizations.
Volunteer Florida provides required fiscal and programmatic oversight of these grants so that we maximize funds and ensure grantees are accountable for results.
Volunteer Florida also leads initiatives throughout Florida that use volunteerism as a strategy to meet needs. This includes leading Florida’s national days of service, such as the September 11 Day of Service and Remembrance and the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service.
It began with President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s creation of the Civilian Conservation Corps (now known as NCCC) in the 1930s. President Kennedy established the Peace Corps in the 1960s; President Johnson worked with Congress to pass the Volunteers in Service to America Act (VISTA) in 1964; and President George H.W. Bush signed into law the National and Community Services Act of 1990, which established a Commission on National and Community Service. Learn more about the history of CNCS here.
In 1993, President Clinton amended President Bush’s legislation to create the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), a federal agency. The law required each state to create a state commission in conjunction with its Governor’s office to receive and administer federal funds for national service programs.
In accordance with this federal legislation, Volunteer Florida, the Florida Commission on Community Service, was created by an Executive Order of Governor Lawton Chiles in 1993 and established in Florida Statutes 14.29 by the Florida Legislature in 1994. Our Commission is one of 52 state service commissions administering national service grants across the United States (including Puerto Rico and Guam).
In 1997, following lessons learned from Hurricane Andrew, Volunteer Florida also became the lead agency for coordinating volunteers and donations for the Florida Division of Emergency Management.
Volunteer Florida is a great place to work! We value the unique talents of each of our employees and encourage a positive, fun culture for our team.
No employment opportunities are available at this time.
Volunteer Florida is always seeking skilled interns. To apply, send your resume to careers@volunteerflorida.
Commitment to Transparency
Volunteer Florida values transparency and accountability in order to ensure good stewardship of taxpayer dollars. Volunteer Florida’s fiscal activities are reported regularly to federal and state funders and the organization undergoes an annual A-133 audit. Additionally, Volunteer Florida’s Commission and Foundation Board meetings are publicly-noticed and in compliance with the Florida Sunshine Law. Volunteer Florida is committed to the highest level of transparency.
Volunteer Florida is governed by a bipartisan Commission, whose members are appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Florida Senate per Florida Statute 14.29. The Volunteer Florida Foundation is a non-profit established as a direct support organization for Volunteer Florida. The Foundation raises funds to support Volunteer Florida’s programs and support Governor’s initiatives. The Volunteer Florida Foundation is governed by a Board of Directors subject to approval by the Volunteer Florida Commission.
Volunteer Florida operates in compliance with the Florida Public Records Law, Chapter 119, Florida Statutes, governing the public’s right to access records. Records are available during normal business hours and may be requested in person, or via phone, fax, email or regular mail using the contact information below. Please address requests to:
3800 Esplanade Way
Tallahassee, Florida 32311
Phone: (850) 414-7400
Fax: (850) 921-5146
As part of the State of Florida’s commitment to Government in the Sunshine, Volunteer Florida provides public access to agency meetings and records. Volunteer Florida’s Commission and Foundation Board meetings are all publicly-noticed and in compliance with the Florida Sunshine Law. For a listing of publicly noticed meetings, click here.