Massachusetts Commonwealth Corps

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Deadline: 03/22/2012
Second Deadline: --/--/----
Fellowship type: Year-long
Location: Massachusetts
Fellowship website: Link to Program Website
School specific?: Not school-specific

Program Overview (from the program website):

In 2007, Governor Patrick and his partners in the legislature established the Commonwealth Corps. The mission of the Commonwealth Corps is to engage Massachusetts residents of all ages and backgrounds in direct service to rebuild communities, address unmet community needs, and increase volunteerism. Commonwealth Corps members work to strengthen the bonds of common purpose and unite people in service for the common good. Corps members provide direct service, build capacity of local organizations, and recruit, organize and mobilize additional volunteers – building a grassroots movement of volunteers across the Commonwealth dedicated to service. Commonwealth Corps provides opportunities for skill building and leadership development and encourages and enhances a lifelong civic vocation for its members. Commonwealth Corps works with nonprofit organizations, academic institutions, and public entities to reinvigorate civic involvement to help address the Commonwealth’s most urgent needs and elevate the ethic of service and civic engagement throughout the Commonwealth.

Since its inception, nearly 800 individuals have served as Commonwealth Corps members, providing almost 412,000 hours to service in areas such as community development, health services, benefits screenings, after-school or summer programs, and volunteer recruitment and management. As a direct result of members’ service, more than 485,000 individuals have benefitted.

In 2012-2013, the Commonwealth Corps will strategically place corps members in full- or part-time positions for 9 or 12 months to build capacity at host site agencies in order to increase the number of people served or improve the quality of services provided. Members will serve in one of the identified focus areas of education, health, veterans, workforce development, or youth violence prevention. Please see page 9 for more information on the specific focus areas and standard performance measures that applicants must report against in each area.

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