Volunteer Maryland has opened its 2023-2024 service site application period. The program is encouraging nonprofits, government agencies and schools to apply to host AmeriCorps volunteer coordinators during the next service year to help support education, economic opportunity and environmental stewardship statewide. 

“Volunteer Maryland AmeriCorps members can help enhance volunteer programs that are working to meet evolving community needs,” said Governor’s Office of Community Initiatives Executive Director Steven J. McAdams. “Partnering with Volunteer Maryland is an excellent opportunity for organizations who are already doing great work to increase their capacity to serve.” 

During each service year, Volunteer Maryland assigns AmeriCorps volunteer coordinators to a partner service site, where they work closely with staff to help improve volunteer program capacity through training sessions, recruitment drives and developing community partnerships. Up to 30 AmeriCorps volunteer coordinators will be eligible for placement with participating service sites for an 11 month period, beginning in Sept. 2023. 

Prior to submitting an application, organizations are encouraged to attend one of five free virtual workshop sessions on Jan. 17, Jan. 24, Jan. 31, Feb. 7, or Feb. 14. Each session is from 10 a.m. to noon. Workshop attendees will learn about the benefits of hosting an AmeriCorps member and partnering with Volunteer Maryland to upgrade their volunteer programs, in addition to hearing about select grant opportunities. 

Currently, 18 Volunteer Maryland AmeriCorps volunteer coordinators and service sites are working together to help build stronger communities statewide. 

To learn more and to register to attend an informational session about becoming a Volunteer Maryland partner service site, visit volunteer.maryland.gov/servicesites. The application period ends on March 3, 2023.