About the Washington Service CorpsOur vision: Serving others is a way of life.
Our mission: The mission of the Washington Service Corps is to promote and support community-based initiatives that:
- Strengthen the capacity of local governments and nonprofit organizations, including faith-based and small community-based organizations, to assist individuals, families and communities in need;
- Encourage and value diversity by serving geographically diverse communities;
- Recruit a diverse applicant pool that includes young and older adults, a balance of individuals who have not attended college and those with college experience, men and women, individuals with disabilities and individuals of all races, ethnicities, faiths and economic backgrounds; and
- Increase the amount of volunteering and civic engagement in Washington state by recruiting, supporting and managing volunteers.
The Washington Service Corps (WSC) was created by the Washington State Legislature in 1983 to give young adults 18 to 25 years old opportunities to serve their communities.
The federal government created a similar program 11 years later. WSC was one of the models they looked at when forming AmeriCorps. We're now joined with the national program and all WSC members are also AmeriCorps members; in addition, the age restriction was lifted – members may be 17 years old and older. However, the age restriction does remain for members in the WSC Individual Placement program. This is due to the fact that it was formed as a Youth Corps program and is governed by the Washington Administrative Code (WAC) 50.65.
Today, approximately 650 members serve statewide in the Washington Service Corps.
The Washington Service Corps works with nonprofit organizations, local governments, schools and early-learning centers to address a variety of unmet and pressing community needs. WSC helps Washington’s citizens meet those needs by supplying AmeriCorps members who volunteer to serve, contributing their passion, commitment, hard work and skills.
The WSC is administered by the Washington State Employment Security Department with federal funding provided by the Corporation for National and Community Service. The WSC is part of Employment Security’s Workforce Career and Development Division.
If you're interested in serving as an AmeriCorps member with the WSC, please click here.
For organizations interested in becoming a WSC partner, learn more about our programs.
For further information about volunteer service opportunities, please visit the Washington Commission for National and Community Service.
Earth Day at Saltwater State Park
WSC AmeriCorps members working hard at Port Townsend Marine Science Center
WSC AmeriCorps member talking with children at King County Housing Authority
WSC members and staff at Saltwater State Park