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About Serve Indiana
Executive Director - Debbie Pidgeon
Program Officer and Communication Laison - Curt Ferrell
Program Officer - Elizabeth Higgins
History, Initiatives, and Responsibilities
Our names have changed, but our mission is still the same. Learn how Serve Indiana and the Serve Indiana Commission were started, the responsibilities of the office, and the initiatives that drive us in our Good to Great plan.
AmeriCorps*State provides opportunities for Americans to make an intensive commitment to service with the goal of “helping others and meeting critical needs in the community.” This is a national program administered by the Corporation for National and Community Service. In Indiana, the AmeriCorps*State grant is administered by Serve Indiana. Serve Indiana manages the grant application process for AmeriCorps*State, including issuing requests for proposals, conducting application reviews, and awarding grants based on Serve Indiana Commission guidance. The office provides technical training and support to sub-grantees and in turn, monitors programs, host-sites, and members to ensure compliance to federal and state grant requirements. The performance of each program is tracked and measured to established targets and outcomes.
Hoosier Corps is a component of the Hardest Hit Fund (HHF), which is administered by the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority (IHCDA). The HHF helps homeowners to avoid foreclosure resulting from the loss of income due to layoff, reduction in force, or other job loss through no fault or neglect of the homeowner. The program offers qualified participants a monthly benefit to cover a portion of his/her first mortgage and related expenses while the individual seeks new employment. While a participant receives assistance, he or she must to either fulfill requirements of an approved education/training program or an approved Hoosier Corps Volunteer Program. Serve Indiana collaborates with the IHCDA to provide volunteer opportunities and manage the Hoosier Corps Volunteer Program.
Indiana Kids strives to bridge the achievement gap in schools by increasing the quality and quantity of completed homework and improving student behavior and attitudes about school and learning. The program works in conjunction with the Boys & Girls Clubs afterschool POWER Hour program at 77 clubs throughout the state. Students receive homework and tutoring sessions for a specified number of weeks and are tested to determine reading and math progress.
Indiana Nonprofit Summit – The conference is the leading industry resource for nonprofit professional development, networking and collaboration opportunities, and tools to support best and strategic practices to address the needs of our community.
Serve Indiana Awards for Excellence – Awards are our opportunity to honor some amazing individuals in our community that volunteer or serve. There are eight different categories (youth, volunteer, faith, national service, corporate, service-learning, lifetime, and volunteer program) and anyone can nominate their friend, co-worker, or family member. There are instructions and qualification rules listed on our website. Nominations generally open in the spring and are due in the summer with the award ceremony happening in October.
Volunteer Resources – Find a volunteer opportunity through your local volunteer center listed under the volunteer section! Volunteer Managers are a vital component to volunteers having a quality experience and ensuring impact within a community. Serve Indiana serves as a resource for volunteer managers to share best practices, resources, and knowledge.
Disaster preparedness and volunteer and donations management is guided by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Indiana Department of Homeland Security (IDHS). Serve Indiana offers support in addressing needs under Emergency Service Function 14 (ESF 14) – Long-Term Recovery. Serve Indiana also works with the network of disaster service organizations known as Indiana Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD) and their local counterparts known as Community Organizations Active in Disaster (COADs) to increase Indiana communities’ ability to mitigate, prepare for, respond to, and recover from disasters.