Throughout the year, Volunteer Mississippi works in tandem with many organizations to systematically address the most critical needs in our communities. These entities range from federal partners to state agencies to community groups. It is through strong collaboration that Volunteer Mississippi brings service, leadership, and quantifiable results to Mississippi.
America's Service Commissions (ASC)
ASC is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization representing and promoting state service commissions across the United States and territories. ASC is a peer network of governor-appointed commissioners, along with staff from the state service commissions. ASC's work is focused in three core areas including: Commission Capacity Building, Federal Advocacy, and Activation of the State Network.
ASC was launched in 1997 by a group of state service commissioners and executive directors. The motivation for establishing the Association was a belief that voluntary service, in all its forms, would be strengthened and enhanced by an organization that could mobilize the expertise of commissioners and staff to promote and represent all streams of national and community service.
AmeriCorps is a federal agency that sends people power and funding to communities across the country. Disaster response, opioid crisis, education – these are just a few of the causes where AmeriCorps members and AmeriCorps Seniors volunteers have stepped up to strengthen their community.-- and the national volunteer efforts through Serve.gov. As the nation’s largest grantmaker for service and volunteering, AmeriCorps plays a critical role in strengthening America’s nonprofit sector and addressing our nation’s challenges through service.
National Civilian Community Corps Southern Regional Campus (NCCC)
AmeriCorps NCCC is built on the belief that civic responsibility is an inherent duty of all citizens and that national service programs work effectively with local communities to address pressing needs. It is a full-time, team-based residential program for men and women ages 18-24. Members are assigned to one of five campuses across the country. Mississippi is proud to host one of these campuses in Vicksburg, whose members serve at various nonprofit, faith-based and government host sites across the Southern Region (which includes Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Florida, Tennessee, Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia). Partner with NCCC.
Directors of Volunteers in Agencies (DOVIA)
DOVIA Mississippi is a networking group of professionals who meet monthly to discuss volunteerism topics of all types. DOVIA efforts provide volunteer managers with the tools they need to do their jobs better. Additionally, this organization provides a focal point, forum, and conduit for communication, cooperation, and action among those interested and concerned about community and volunteer services, including volunteer administration.
Mississippi Alliance of Nonprofits and Philanthropy (The Alliance)
The Alliance connects nonprofit and philanthropic organizations in ways that transform their approach to addressing the problems they seek to solve and ensures these organizations have the resources, tools, training, and networks they need to have a meaningful and measurable impact on the communities they serve. Our members are able to quickly move from conversation to collaboration through affinity groups, online communication tools, and other opportunities to connect, which will enhance and magnify the impact and results of both philanthropy and nonprofits.
Mississippi Emergency Management Agency (MEMA)
MEMA provides the most effective preparation and use of the state and nation’s manpower, resources, and facilities for dealing with any disaster or emergency, or both. MEMA offers mutual aid among municipalities and counties of the state, other states, and the federal government with respect to carrying out emergency management functions and responsibilities, and provides the means to assist in the prevention and mitigation of emergencies.
Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning (IHL)
IHL provides guidance and management for the public universities of Mississippi. These institutions include the eight public universities, which includes the University of Mississippi Medical Center, ten off-campus centers, and various other locations throughout the state. More than 70,000 students are currently pursuing academic degrees within the IHL System. Its goal is to create an academic environment which allows students to receive a quality education, one that will equip them to contribute to the workforce and to be responsible citizens, as well as enhance their overall quality of life. IHL strives to make educational opportunities accessible and affordable for all who choose a Mississippi university.
Mississippi Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (MSVOAD)
MSVOAD is a membership of organizations active in disaster response throughout the state. MSVOAD brings together these organizations to foster more effective service to the people of Mississippi affected by disaster through communication, coordination, cooperation, collaboration, convening mechanisms, outreach and advocacy.