We strengthen Oklahoma communities through service.

About Us

Oklahomans are struggling with literacy, poverty and food security. At Oklahoma AmeriCorps, we believe we can change that through service.

What do we do?

We provide Oklahoma AmeriCorps members with the leadership, communication and career skills training they need to tackle our state’s most pressing problems.

How do we do it?

We connect our well-trained, motivated members with nonprofits, school districts and community-based programs throughout the state through 11 programs.

How do we help?

Our members help nonprofits expand their missions to support economic opportunity, education and food security in local communities.

Why do we do it?

We exist to serve. Our mission is to strengthen Oklahoma communities, develop leaders, provide opportunities and improve the quality of life in our state through service. Since 1994, more than 11,000 Oklahomans of all ages and backgrounds have helped us grow our mission. We believe that when we all work together, we all make an impact.

Impact through Service

Service Success Stories

The opportunity to work with highly motivated and skilled Oklahoma AmeriCorps members at our agency, without breaking our budget, is a dream come true. Besides helping to stretch our budget further, the biggest strength of Oklahoma AmeriCorps are the members themselves, who are willing to commit their time and talents to improving lives. It’s one thing to attend college and learn the academic side of nonprofit work, but there is no substitute for experiencing it first hand and the AmeriCorps program allows just that.” – Peggy Garrett, Executive Director at The Urban Mission

Growing Leadership

“Thanks to AmeriCorps, I stayed in Oklahoma after college. I was trained to become a better leader and learned how to manage nonprofit programs. I put my training to use at the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma, teaching children about growing their own food and coordinating food programs for the elderly. I’m still using that training today at Downtown OKC, Inc., where I work to make Oklahoma City a better place to work and live. AmeriCorps gave me the tools I need to make a bigger impact in Oklahoma, and I’m proud to serve.” –Joe Hudson, AmeriCorps Alum

Commission Overview

The Oklahoma Community Service Commission (OCSC) administers the AmeriCorps national service program, which provides opportunities for AmeriCorps members to serve in community-based organizations and earn education awards that are funded through a Trust at the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS). The Commission has been designated as the entity that oversees administration of Oklahoma’s participation in the National and Community Service Trust Act through Executive Orders of the Governor of the State of Oklahoma. The Commission must consist of no more than 25 voting members, of which no more than a majority can belong to the same political party. Commissioners are appointed by the Governor, and they represent business, education, labor and service throughout Oklahoma.

FAQs

You’ve got questions, we’ve got answers.

How are we funded?

Oklahoma AmeriCorps’ programs are funded through grants from the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) and leveraged local funding from cash and in-kind support. The CNCS is a federal agency created to connect all Americans with an opportunity to serve their communities and their country, in partnership with state service commissions like Oklahoma Community Service Commission (OCSC). The OCSC administers 11 Oklahoma AmeriCorps programs that train and connect volunteers with local nonprofits, schools and community based programs to tackle Oklahoma’s most pressing challenges in exchange for educational awards. The Oklahoma Community Service Commission is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit corporation established in 1994 and housed in Oklahoma City with a staff of 2.5.

Funding Opportunities

The Oklahoma Community Service Commission (OCSC) awards grants to local nonprofits, school districts and community-based programs that are committed to strengthening Oklahoma communities through service. Nonprofits and schools can apply for grants to help implement projects or ideas that address literacy, education, economic opportunity, food security and disaster relief. To learn more about funding opportunities and processes, contact Amy Roff, Deputy Director, at 405-858-7278