Volunteer Mississippi’s mission is to engage and support Mississippians of all ages and backgrounds in service to their communities. Established in 1994 as the Mississippi Commission for Volunteer Service (MCVS), Volunteer Mississippi has worked to encourage a culture of citizenship, service and responsibility to America. In partnership with the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning, Mississippi Department of Education, Mississippi Center for Nonprofits, and faith-based and community organizations statewide, Volunteer Mississippi is fostering community engagement and building volunteer capacity throughout the state.
The bulk of our programs support and enhance Pre-K and K-12 education initiatives throughout the state, teaching students vital skills they will carry with them throughout their lives. National service opportunities contribute heavily to Mississippi workforce development, offering participants practical experience and on-the-job training.
Mississippians are no strangers to hardship and peril; but while it’s made us tough, we haven’t let it make us hard. We take care of our own, whether it’s in times of disaster, or the everyday heroism of investing time and energy into our neighborhoods, schools and churches. No matter how daunting, Mississippians jump in to help with little thought of thanks or recognition. Volunteering isn’t a pastime for Mississippians; it is an integral part of our culture.