Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Commission Gets New Name, Support from Nevada's First Lady Dawn Gibbons

FALLON, Nev. — The Nevada Commission for National & Community Service (NCNCS) has been renamed Nevada Volunteers. The name change is to better generate awareness for the need and role of volunteers in a range of organizations. Nevada Volunteers also named Nevada First Lady Dawn Gibbons honorary chairwoman.

Nevada Commission for National and Community Service, Inc. (NCNCS) was established as a 501(c)3 organization in 1998 and, by executive order, gven full authority as the governor's commission for the administration of AmeriCorps programs. NCNCS was created to link community-building organizations with the resources to utilize people like you who can make a difference.

Since 1998, over 900 AmeriCorps members have served at 13 programs throughout Nevada. NCNCS continues to grow by expanding quality AmeriCorps programs, establishing new programs to meet the state's changing needs, and by working with other organizations focused on community-building.

Today, NCNCS administers more than $1.5 million in federal funding for AmeriCorps programs statewide. Eight programs in Las Vegas, Reno and Elko utilize the skills of 208 highly trained AmeriCorps members: volunteers who dedicate between three and 12 months of their lives to community service. In exchange, they receive stipends for minimal living expenses and an education award up to $4,725 for their own educational advancement.

A new goal for the commission is to develop a statewide system that connects volunteers with groups that need them most. A new Web site will be up soon to help promote this effort (nevadavolunteers.org).

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