WHEREAS, the people of California have a rich and strong tradition of community service and volunteerism; and

WHEREAS, there are many opportunities for citizens to serve through nonprofit agencies, places of worship, places of employment, schools, colleges and universities, and governmental agencies; and

WHEREAS, citizen participation though service and volunteerism can help significantly in improving California's schools, health and human services, public safety, and environment; and

WHEREAS, greater participation in service and volunteerism promotes civic responsibility and participation, develops community leadership and brings Californians together; and

WHEREAS, many of the State's efforts to better serve the people of California would be more effective if coordinated with, and supported by, citizens involved in service and volunteerism; and

WHEREAS, the California Commission on Improving Life Through Service has been the lead State agency for promoting service and volunteerism throughout California; and

WHEREAS, the mission and effectiveness of the California Commission on Improving Life Through Service will be improved if it is reorganized and placed under the auspices of the Governor's Office;

NOW, THEREFORE, I GRAY DAVIS, Governor of the State of California, by virtue of the power and authority vested in me by the Constitution and statutes of the State of California, do hereby issue this Executive Order to become effective immediately:

IT IS ORDERED that the Governor's Office on Service and Volunteerism (GO SERV) is established under the auspices of the Governor's Office of Planning and Research. The duties and responsibilities of GO SERV shall include the following:

  1. Serving as the State's lead agency for community service and volunteerism, informing the public of the value of and need for greater community service and volunteerism in California, calling upon all Californians to become involved, and challenging public and private institutions to create and support community service and volunteer opportunities.
  2. Supporting and expanding opportunities for Californians of all backgrounds to help meet the State's key challenges through meaningful community service and volunteerism.
  3. Promoting quality and innovation in service and volunteerism programs.
  4. Partnering with other public agencies at the state, county and local levels, and the private and not-for-profit sectors to leverage greater resources and create more opportunities for service and volunteerism.
  5. Bringing together and strengthening the field of service and volunteerism throughout California.

IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that the Executive Director, the Deputy Director, and other key staff of GO SERV shall be appointed by the Governor and shall serve at the pleasure of the Governor. The present staff of the California Commission on Improving Life Through Services shall continue to serve at the pleasure of the Governor as staff of the GO SERV Commission.

IT IS FUTHER ORDERED that the GO SERV Commission (Commission) is established within GO SERV to serve as California's "State Commission" for purposes of the National and Community Service Trust Act of 1993 (42 U.S.C. § 12501 et seq.) and its implementing rules and regulations.

IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that, in keeping with the requirements of the National Community Service Trust Act, the GO SERV Commission shall be constituted as follows:

  1. The Commission shall include the following as voting members:
    • an individual with expertise in the educational, training and development needs of youth, particularly disadvantaged youth;
    • an individual with expertise in promoting the involvement of older adults in service and volunteerism;
    • a representative of a community-based agency or organization;
    • the Superintendent of Public Instruction;
    • a representative of local government;
    • a representative of local labor organizations;
    • a representative of business;
    • an individual between the ages of 16 and 25 who is a participant or supervisor of a service program for school-age youth, or of a campus-based or national service program; and
    • a representative of a qualifying national service program.
  2. The Governor may appoint other voting or ex-officio, non-voting members such that total membership shall not exceed 25. A representative of the Corporation for National and Community Service shall serve as an ex-officio, non-voting member.
  3. Voting members shall serve at the pleasure of the Governor for renewable terms of three years.
  4. No more than fifty percent plus one member shall be from the same political party, as required by federal law.
  5. The Commission shall elect from its voting members a Chairperson. The First Lady of California shall serve as the Honorary Chairperson of the GO SERV Commission.
  6. Commission members shall serve without compensation but may be reimbursed for travel expenses and receive a per diem as appropriate.

IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that the present members of the California Commission on Improving Life Through Service shall continue to serve as members of the GO SERV Commission for the remainder of their current terms.

IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that all State agencies and departments are hereby requested to cooperate with and assist GO SERV in carrying out its duties.

IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that Executive Order W-179-98 is rescinded in its entirety.