History

ServeMinnesota began in 1994 as the Minnesota Commission on National and Community Service and serves as the state designated recipient of funding for the AmeriCorps program, often referred to as "the domestic Peace Corps." In 2002, the Minnesota Legislature approved the organization becoming a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with the expectation that a nimble, entrepreneurial organization could increase both the quantity and quality of the federal AmeriCorps resources available to address critical issues in Minnesota.

1993
President Bill Clinton signs The National and Community Service Trust Act of 1993 creating AmeriCorps and the Corporation for National and Community Service to expand opportunities for Americans to serve their communities.

1994
The Minnesota Commission on National and Community Service is established.

2002
ServeMinnesota is established as an independent nonprofit organization.

2004
ServeMinnesota started Minnesota Reading Corps to blend the resources of the AmeriCorps program with the science of how children learn to read.

ServeMinnesota is surveyed by a team of experts against criteria established for high quality state commissions and achieved an A rating.

2006
ServeMinnesota launches a Business Advisory Committee that raises $1 million for Minnesota Reading Corps.

2007
Minnesota State Legislature passes legislation appropriating $1 million to support the expansion of Minnesota Reading Corps.

2008
ServeMinnesota launches Minnesota Math Corps, an initiative geared to helping 8th graders achieve proficiency in algebra.

2009
The Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act is signed by President Obama which positions AmeriCorps to triple in size.

Minnesota State Legislature passes legislation appropriating $2.3 million to support further expansion of Minnesota Reading Corps.

ServeMinnesota launches Minnesota GreenCorps, a pilot project to match AmeriCorps members with environmental projects in local communities.

2010
ServeMinnesota creates an independent foundation to advance strategic initiatives.

2011
Minnesota State Legislature passes legislation appropriating $4.1 million to support further expansion of Minnesota Reading Corps, serving 30,000 students.

2013
AmeriCorps celebrates 20 years of national service.

2015
ServeMinnesota ranks 1st among all 50 states in AmeriCorps competitive grantmaking for the 3rd year running. 100% of applicants received a grant award.

History of Service in Minnesota

ServeMinnesota - The First 10 Years

AmeriCorps 20th Anniversary