Helping Communities Work (HCW) facilitates collaborations between state service commissions and businesses, nonprofit organizations, banks, economic development agencies, family offices, industry and trade associations and others. HCW welcomes the participation of the AARP Network of Age-Friendly States and Communities, Habitat for Humanity, Encore, Public Allies and signatories of the Principles for Responsible Banking and the Principles for Responsible Investment.
State service commissions are governor designated public agencies or nonprofit organizations made up of more than 1,000 commissioners — private citizens leading the nation's philanthropic and volunteer movement — and administering more than 75 percent of the federal AmeriCorps funds to address pressing community needs.
The nation’s 52 state service commissions operate at the state and local level granting more than $300 million from federal national service funds while matching these federal dollars from state and local sources to support citizen service and volunteerism in America. These funds support more than 40,000 AmeriCorps members throughout the country.
HCW geographically expands the work of the Encore Opportunity Zone Fellowship program which is being hosted by the Center for Social Change, a Miami-based nonprofit shared space. Encore brings older and younger change makers together to solve problems, bridge divides, and create a better future for all.