Commonwealth Corps Overview

The mission of the Commonwealth Corps is to engage Massachusetts residents of all ages and backgrounds in direct service to rebuild communities and address unmet community needs. The Commonwealth Corps provides opportunities for skill building, leadership development and encourages and enhances a lifelong civic vocation for Corps members. Corps members provide direct service, build capacity, and recruit, organize and mobilize additional volunteers, thus building a grassroots movement of volunteers dedicated to service.


The Commonwealth Corps, a state-funded program administered by the Massachusetts Service Alliance, was established in 2007 by Governor Deval Patrick and his partners in the state legislature. Since its inception, over 900 Commonwealth Corps members have served in the program, providing over 535,000 hours of service in areas such as community development, health services, benefits screenings, afterschool or summer programs, and volunteer recruitment and management, and directly benefiting over 585,000 individuals. No other state in the country has a service corps program focused solely on state residents.

Commonwealth Corps Highlight

The mission of the Waltham Partnership for Youth (WPY) is to identify the needs of Waltham youth and leverage resources to meet those needs. WPY is hosting...

Host Sites

Nika, Commonwealth corps member

MSA is thrilled to partner with 18 organizations as Commonwealth Corps host sites for the 2016-2017 program year. These sites were selected from an increasing and impressive pool of applicants.

"I joined the Commonwealth Corps because I wanted to give back to the college that instilled in me a passion for local and global community service."

                                                                           - Karonika Brown, Middlesex Community College