ServeOhio is the proud recipient of funding from the Volunteer Generation Fund through the Corporation for National and Community Service. The Volunteer Generation Fund (VGF) is a program authorized by the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act to support voluntary organizations and state service commissions in boosting the impact of volunteers in addressing critical community needs. Our VGF program focuses primarily on training and coaching nonprofits across Ohio to engage skills-based volunteers in well-defined projects to increase the capacity of their organizations to meet their mission. Skills-based volunteering (SBV) is the practice of lending one’s specific professional expertise to community organizations in a way that helps them affect social change. SBV differs from other, more traditional forms of volunteering in that volunteers are engaged in activities that leverage their professional expertise and experience – such as marketing, finance, or human resources. Skilled volunteer support is typically focused on operational or administrative functions - activities that a nonprofit might otherwise have to hire or pay for specialized support. In its second year of operation, ServeOhio’s Skills-Based Volunteerism Training Academy is working with 17 nonprofits across Ohio to help them utilize skills-based volunteers to increase their organizational capacity and create community change. Additionally, VGF funding helps ServeOhio provide grants for National Days of Service projects that engage thousands of volunteers on MLK Day (January), Global Youth Service Day (April), ServeOhio Day (June), and Make a Difference Day (October). In 2019, ServeOhio awarded over $65,000 in grants to 62 organizations which supported 3,426 volunteers in 9,819 hours of service in projects such as community cleanups, painting murals in schools, facilitating food drives, building community gardens, and more. Additionally, ServeOhio was able to leverage VGF funds to provide Community Resilience Grants to support 36 initiatives that utilized residents and community volunteers to respond to the COVID-19 crisis. We’re proud of the work we’re doing to support volunteer engagement across the State of Ohio and we deeply appreciate the Corporation for National and Community Service for providing funds for the Volunteer Generation Fund.