What We Do
- Community Resilience (Emergency Preparedness): Provide critical support to the city’s official emergency response effort in the first 72 hours of a crisis. Serve DC recruits and trains District residents to respond and assist during emergencies – ensuring residents play a major role in making their communities safer, stronger and better prepared to address threats of terrorism, crime, and disasters.
- National Service: Serve DC awards more than $4 million in AmeriCorps grants to District-based nonprofit organizations, schools, and universities to strengthen organizational capacity and create and expand programs that fight poverty and advance economic opportunity and academic achievement.
- District Donations Management: Provide technical assistance and donations management training to District agencies subject to the Mayor’s authority to ensure their compliance with the Rules of Conduct Governing Donations to the District Government
- Grant Services: Serve as the DC Government's central clearinghouse of information and support related to new competitive District, Federal, and Foundation grant opportunities.
- Capacity Building: Provides capacity-building training and technical assistance to District of Columbia agencies, nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporations, as well as community and faith-based organizations
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Meet the Chief Service Officer
Alexis L. Squire
Chief Service Officer
Office on Volunteerism and Partnerships
Alexis L. Squire is a third-generation Washingtonian and proud daughter of two retired DC Public School teachers.
Throughout her career, Alexis has championed social impact and investment efforts through trusted partnerships and effective community engagement strategies. Her experience and approach with securing inclusive investments that attract, retain and cultivate critical stakeholders and resources and advance community-centered missions have positioned her to lead within local and national nonprofits. Before joining Mayor Bowser's Office of Community Affairs (MOCA), Alexis most recently served as the Director of Development and Communications at Community of Hope, a local health and housing focused nonprofit, where she led strategic communications, fund development, and volunteer and community engagement efforts and experiences.
In her current role as Chief Service Officer and Director of The Mayor's Office on Volunteerism and Partnerships (Serve DC), Alexis and her team work to amplify civic engagement as a means of addressing some of our city and country’s greatest challenges, such as COVID-19 response and recovery, and food and housing insecurity—all though the curation and activation of service and volunteerism. She also serves at the helm of the District’s Commission on National and Community Service, awarding nearly 5 million in federal grants per year to local nonprofits, through our AmeriCorps funding and programming. She is also committed to leveraging the power of multi-sector partnerships to create shared and sustainable solutions for Mayoral priorities and needs. Alexis is a proud Ward 7 resident, where she resides with her husband and two young boys.
She is a graduate of the University of Maryland and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English.
View the Mayor’s Office of Volunteerism and Partnerships' organizational chart.
The Mayor’s Office on Volunteerism & Partnerships (Serve DC) is the District of Columbia Government agency dedicated to promoting service and strategic partnerships as an innovative, sustainable solution to pressing social challenges. Serve DC engages District communities by building partnerships and organizational capacity, leading local and national volunteer and service initiatives, and providing and promoting meaningful service opportunities. Serve DC supports communities across the District through federal grant funds from AmeriCorps.
Serve DC promotes volunteerism and service across the city with strategic community outreach and engagement. Serve DC manages a portfolio of service days, connects residents with meaningful volunteer opportunities, and establishes partnerships and collaboration among community- and faith-based organizations, the private sector, and local and federal government. Serve DC is the DC Commission on National and Community Service, one of more than 50 State Service Commissions that administer federal AmeriCorps funds and coordinate national service initiatives in the District. Serve DC manages the AmeriCorps State national service program, which provides ongoing service opportunities and addresses critical community needs.