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The Mississippi Commission for Volunteer Service engages and supports Mississippians of all ages and backgrounds in service to their communities.
MCVS oversees a large part of Mississippi's national service family, as well as a network of 10 Volunteer Centers. We're helping local organizations meet local needs. Volunteerism is about helping people. It's about getting people connected and excited about doing the good work -- it's about Getting the Job Done. And that's our mission -- to engage and support Mississippians of all ages and backgrounds in service to their own communities.
The mission of the Mississippi Commission for Volunteer Service is to engage and support Mississippians of all ages and backgrounds in service to their communities.
The Mississippi Commission for Volunteer service began with a small staff and a big dream: to make good things happen for Mississippi through the power of volunteers.
Now that dream is coming true in every Mississippi County.
Since 1994 when it was established to promote community service and volunteerism to help meet local needs more effectively, the Mississippi Commission for Volunteer Service had brought new resources to the state's volunteers and volunteer organizations. We believe that volunteers are a powerful force for community improvement, whose efforts make the most of limited resources; the Commission seeks to involve Mississippians to make a difference in every community in the state.
We're making a difference in Mississippi by...
$14.3 million to support communities through national service
$18 million has been awarded to 3,700 Mississippi residents since 1994 to pay back student loans or attend college
$1.87 million in additional scholarships will be available to be earned by 531 AmeriCorps members completing the 2003-2004 program year
$240,000 for 7 model Service-Learning "Lighthouses"
$93,000 in Presidential Freedom Scholarships was earned by high school juniors and seniors who served 100 hours ($254,000 in scholarships since 1997)
76 counties host 65 national service programs at 139 sites meeting local needs
1,400+ AmeriCorps members (overseen by all partners: MCVS, the Mississippi Department of Education, the Corporation for National and Community Service, and National Directs)
75,600+ community volunteers provided 840,000+ hours of service - a value of $16.5 million (using Independent Sector's figure of $16.54 per hour)
1,131 volunteers gave 3,600+ hours to organize 100+ projects for the 12th annual Make A Difference Day
Investing in Education:
1,276 AmeriCorps members in 183 schools, providing tutoring, mentoring, and after-school work
Tutored over 24,290 students one-on-one or in small groups in Head Starts, kindergartens, elementary and middle schools, and out-of-school time programs
Provided 174 teachers with computer technology services, including training
Provided 1,700 computer training events to parents and community members
Provided 9,500 hours of one-on-one tutoring to 40 students with mental retardation or developmental disabilities, enabling 13 pre-school children to successfully transition to public school
37.000+ students K through college met community needs through Learn and Serve America
The Commission oversees Mississippi's national service network, helping local organizations meet local needs.
MCVS coordinates Learn & Serve America programs with the Mississippi Department of Education and coordinates VISTA and National Senior Service Corps programs with the Mississippi Office of the Corporation for National Service. MCVS is responsible for selected Learn & Serve America programs and for most AmeriCorps programs in the state.
AmeriCorps is a network of community-based programs that involve Americans of all ages in results-driven service. All programs have a common mission: getting things done to help communities by bringing together people form all backgrounds to solve problems at the local level. National service offers an important challenge and opportunity to serve. Like the 1930's CCC (Civilian Conservation Corps), the GI Bill and Peace Corps, today's national service opportunities are an investment in our nation's future.
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In our short twelve years we've found it almost impossible to count the multitude of volunteers that have worked with us to bring real, quantifiable change to our state. As we look to the decades ahead, we would like to share a few of the ways that we've made a difference in the lives of individuals and communities. And we'd like to invite volunteers, businesses, government, and everyday citizens to join us in creating a stronger, smarter, healthier, safer, more vibrant, and more prosperous Mississippi.
The Mississippi Commission for Volunteer Service is committed to making people aware of the impact volunteerism has on our state. After all, sharing our volunteers' achievements ultimately motivates others to pick up the banner and march forward with their own efforts.
Through our listservs, searchable Volunteer Opportunities database, links section, and other resources, MCVS educates people about the importance of volunteerism. In fact, our mission is to engage and support Mississippians of all ages and backgrounds in service to their communities. And this includes getting the word out and connecting people to resources and opportunities.
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