Serve Wisconsin is a 22-member citizen body appointed by the Governor. Serve Wisconsin is attached to the Wisconsin Department of Administration and housed at the Wisconsin Department of Health Services and is currently supported by a staff of five.
Serve Wisconsin supports service in Wisconsin primarily by granting AmeriCorps funds through the Corporation for National and Community Service to organizations that involve citizens in service activities that meet human, educational, environmental, public safety, and homeland security needs. Through their participation in AmeriCorps programs, citizens are given the opportunity to not only enrich the lives of the people and communities they serve, but also their own lives through professional and personal development.
During the 2012-2013 program year, more than 900 individuals will participate in 25 AmeriCorps*State programs and have the opportunity to serve Wisconsin communities for up to one year. They will earn more than $3.5 million in education awards in exchange for over 1.2 million hours of service with an estimated value of $21.6 million to local communities. From 1995 through the end of 2011, Education Awards totaling $57.1 million were spent in Wisconsin to pay higher education expenses, repay qualified student loans or student loan interest expenses.