Mission & History

AmeriCorps members pose on the Capitol steps during the Opening CeremonyMISSION

Serve Wisconsin promotes service, provides training and allocates resources to programs that enrich lives and communities through service and volunteerism.  


In September 1993, President Bill Clinton signed the National and Community Service Trust Act of 1993 which created AmeriCorps as we know it today and the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), which oversees AmeriCorps. This Act allowed for better organization and expanded opportunities for Americans to serve their communities. It also allowed for the creation of state National and Community Service Commissions to direct federal resources on the local level. 

Serve Wisconsin was established January 28, 1994 as Wisconsin's National and Community Service Commission by Governor Tommy G. Thompson under Executive Order "to encourage service and volunteer participation as a means of community and state problem-solving; to promote and support voluntary citizen involvement in government and private programs throughout the state; to develop a long-term vision and plan of action for community service initiatives in Wisconsin; and to serve as the State's liaison to national and state organizations which support its mission."

Infographic on the history of national service