Hours of service contributed by community volunteers who were recruited by CNCS-supported organizations or national service participants.
Goal 3: Capacity Building and Leverage
Definition of Key Terms
Hours of service: Consists of all the hours that recruited community volunteers devote to serving, including training time that they may have to participate in. Does not include hours served by community volunteers engaged in prohibited activities for CNCS-supported organizations, such as community organizing intended to promote advocacy activities (see Other Note below).
Community volunteers: Citizens or residents in the community who are recruited and/or managed by the CNCS-supported organization or assigned national service participant(s) to offer time, knowledge, skills, and expertise for free to support the CNCS-supported program or organization. Community volunteers differ from national service participants in that they are under no formal obligation to provide a specified amount of assistance (e.g., as measured by service hours), and said volunteers are not enrolled in a national service program. Also referred to as ―leveraged volunteers.
Recruited: Enlisted or enrolled as a direct result of an intentional effort to do so.
How to Calculate Measure/Collect Data
The count of hours served must include only those hours served by volunteers included in the count of community volunteers recruited by the CNCSsupported organization or assigned national service participant(s) engaged in the capacity building activity (measured in G3-3.1). This should be an unduplicated count of hours served by each recruited community volunteer during the program year.
The organization must use some form of volunteer management system, having processes or capabilities that allow them to track information about individual volunteers such as but not limited to: the volunteer's name, relevant demographic information including location of residence, method of recruitment, participation in orientation and/or training activities, planned and actual role, assignment(s) or activities, start and end dates of service, and hours served related to the program that the capacity building activities were intended to support or enhance.
Applicants/grantees may count both GAAP services (that may qualify as pro bono services) and non-GAAP volunteer services in the total count of hours served. GAAP stands for Generally Accepted Accounting Principles.
- Pro bono services are professional services that are donated that someone, or another business or organization would normally have to pay the donor for.
- Volunteer services come from individuals that would not normally charge for their time and skills they donate.
Report a separate count of hours served by recruited community volunteers for each of the six Focus Areas. If the service hours contributed by community volunteers do not fall neatly within one focus area, applicants should report this count under the focus area in which it operates its primary program.
The count of hours may not include time spent on activities that are outside the scope of allowable activity for Members and community volunteers, i.e. time spent doing activities that national service participants are prohibited from doing themselves. The following activities are prohibited in § 2520.65 AmeriCorps subtitle C programs:
(a) While charging time to the AmeriCorps program, accumulating service or training hours, or otherwise performing activities supported by the AmeriCorps program or CNCS, staff and members may not engage in the following activities:
- Attempting to influence legislation;
- Organizing or engaging in protests, petitions, boycotts, or strikes;
- Assisting, promoting, or deterring union organizing;
- Impairing existing contracts for services or collective bargaining agreements;
- Engaging in partisan political activities, or other activities designed to influence the outcome of an election to any public office;
- Participating in, or endorsing, events or activities that are likely to include advocacy for or against political parties, political platforms, political candidates, proposed legislation, or elected officials;
- Engaging in religious instruction, conducting worship services, providing instruction as part of a program that includes mandatory religious instruction or worship, constructing or operating facilities devoted to religious instruction or worship, maintaining facilities primarily or inherently devoted to religious instruction or worship, or engaging in any form of religious proselytization;
- Providing a direct benefit to—
- A business organized for profit;
- A labor union;
- A partisan political organization;
- A nonprofit organization that fails to comply with the restrictions contained in section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 except that nothing in this section shall be construed to prevent participants from engaging in advocacy activities undertaken at their own initiative; and
- An organization engaged in the religious activities described in paragraph (g) of this section, unless Corporation assistance is not used to support those religious activities;
- Conducting a voter registration drive or using Corporation funds to conduct a voter registration drive;
- Providing abortion services or referrals for receipt of such services; and
- Such other activities as CNCS may prohibit.
(b) Individuals may exercise their rights as private citizens and may participate in the activities listed above on their initiative, on non-AmeriCorps time, and using non-Corporation funds. Individuals should not wear the AmeriCorps logo while doing so.