Mississippi Commission for Volunteer Service
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY - Through the VGF and community support, MCVS has built and strengthened the infrastructures of 6 Volunteer Centers (VCs) for the purpose of increasing the number of people who volunteer in meaningful roles in Mississippi. Using a successful model, VCs have continued to grow and channel an ever-increasing number of volunteers (from 1,500 - before VGF - to 25,000 by mid-year 3) to serve in meaningful roles that impact local community needs. A basic local and statewide VC infrastructure has been established, but it is still young and not fully developed, with the newest VC just being initiated in January 2013. MCVS is requesting funding to continue building VC infrastructures; and increase nonprofit capacity building training and effectiveness, target and increase skills-based volunteer recruitment & measurement, and develop in-depth volunteer demographic & focus area-activity measurement systems. Through the Mississippi Volunteer Center Network (MVCN) and MCVS support, the number of volunteer engagements and nonprofit partnership support will increase significantly. Over the span of one year volunteers that are recruited and/or managed by the 6 existing VCs for their nonprofit partners will increase in number (including the number of skills-based volunteers), VCs will focus efforts on offering volunteer management training and begin measuring effectiveness, and a more comprehensive data collection system will measure new and retained volunteer numbers, as well as track CNCS-specific volunteer demographics and CNCS & local focus areas impacted by volunteer activity.