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Focus Areas

We encourage volunteers to draw on their experiences, talents, and passions to find the volunteer opportunity in their community that best helps them to enrich their own life through service to others. If you don't know where to start, the Corporation for National and Community Service has a strategic focus on leveraging volunteers to make a difference in the six focus areas identified in the Serve America ActEducation, Economic Opportunity, Environmental Stewardship, Veterans and Military Families, Healthy Futures, and Disaster Services. 


To show our support for the volunteers working in these strategic areas, we give Certifying Organizations the option to customize an Award certificate by printing the Key Focus Area under a volunteer's name on their personalized certificate if that volunteer's service is within one of the categories below. 


A young teacher helps a little girl read a book.


Encourage and support our nation’s youth to achieve success in the classroom, increase high school graduation rates and improve overall literacy and academic standards.

Adults sit at a row of computers as a female instructor teaches them how to use a new program.

Economic Opportunity

Provide services to create economic opportunity for community members struggling financially, including housing assistance, job training and financial literacy.

Mother assists her son planting vegetables at a local garden.

Environmental Stewardship

Support energy efficiency and environmental conservation and restoration services within our communities.

Elderly service man kisses his young granddaughter.

Veterans and Military Families

Show your support to those who make the ultimate sacrifice by providing services to veterans, active duty members and their families.

A basket overflowing with colorful, fresh fruits and vegetables.

Healthy Futures

Brighten futures by providing access to health care, disease prevention, health promotion initiatives and health literacy.

Volunteers help move pieces of tree trunks and debris from a neighborhood destroyed by a tornado.

Disaster Services

Strengthen the capacity of individuals, organizations and communities to help prepare for, respond to and recover from disaster situations and increase community resilience.

Our shared mission to inspire service-driven leaders and volunteers ignites the power of PVSA.
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