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About Governor's Office of Volunteer Services

The Governor’s Office of Volunteer Services works to increase an ethic of service and volunteerism in the State of Alabama, strengthen the capacity of Alabama’s faith and community-based organizations, and promote collaboration among individuals and organizations striving to meet some of the greatest needs in our state.

We serve in the following ways: 

  • We serve as the Alabama State Service Commission, granting over $2 million dollars in State AmeriCorps formula funding to (8) State AmeriCorps Programs across Alabama. We provide grants management, oversight, training and technical assistance for these programs.

  • We are the state’s lead agency for Volunteer and Donations Management after disasters. Our work in this role includes response to Hurricanes Ivan and Katrina, Deepwater Horizion Spill and the April 2011 tornadoes.

  • We serve as the state of Alabama's "Voluntary Agency Liaison" or State VAL. In this role we partner with local, state and national Voluntary Agencies Active in Disasters (VOAD) responders to help these entities better serve in our state in disaster response and recovery. 

  • We serve as a liaison to the state for faith-based and community-based non-profit groups.

  • We have served as the state's lead in FEMA’s Disaster Case Management Program for survivors of the April 2011 storms and the April 2014 severe weather and flooding event.

  • We partner with The United Ways of Alabama and other state agencies on the Governor’s Emergency Relief Fund. This is a disaster recovery fund of last resort for Alabama residents. The United Ways of Alabama serves as the fiscal and administrative agent for the fund. 

  • We administer ReadyAlabama.gov, a statewide disaster preparedness initiative promoting disaster preparedness events and messaging across Alabama.