The Massachusetts Service Alliance is proud to support high-quality programs that engage volunteers to strengthen communities across Massachusetts. In this current year, MSA will provide more than $11 million in federal and state resources to support this work. We strive to ensure that the organizations that we partner with are geographically and programmatically diverse. MSA funds programs in three areas - AmeriCorps, Mentoring, and Commonwealth Corps.
MSA has supported AmeriCorps programs since 1994. Massachusetts is fortunate to have a strong network of AmeriCorps programs to meet some of our most pressing needs. MSA currently supports 22 AmeriCorps programs and their 1,010 members across Massachusetts. Click here for more information on MSA's AmeriCorps programs. In addition, MSA partners with National Direct and AmeriCorps VISTA programs serving in Massachusetts. Click here for a full listing.
The Commonwealth Corps was launched in the fall of 2008 by Governor Deval L. Patrick and the Legislature. MSA currently supports 20 Commonwealth Corps programs across the state and 150 members in service. Click here for more information on the Commonwealth Corps.
Since the late 1990s, MSA and the Mass Mentoring Partnership (MMP) have aligned missions to advocate for mentoring through The Massachusetts Mentoring Initiative. While the primary goal of the Initiative is to increase the number of high-quality mentoring matches, ensuring that the necessary training and technical assistance is available to support the success of each program and match, was equally important. In July 2011, MSA was proud to transfer the administration of the State Mentoring Matching Grants to MMP, whose sole mission is to support matches between at-risk youth and caring adult mentors. For more information about the Mass Mentoring Partnership, visit www.massmentors.org.
MSA has long supported service-learning as an effective way to engage young people in their learning and in their communities. We have done this alongside our partners in the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and the Massachusetts Campus Compact. Click here for more information on community service-learning.
"I have always depended on the kindness of strangers." -Tennessee Williams