WASHINGTON, DC — The Schultz Family Foundation was announced as the recipient of the 2022 Friend of ASC Award at a virtual awards ceremony hosted by America’s Service Commissions (ASC) on September 22. The awards program is held each year to recognize the accomplishments of state and territorial service commission staff, commissioners, service programs, and champions of national service throughout the United States and its territories.
Since 2005, ASC has given the Friend of ASC Award to leaders of national importance who have gone above and beyond to support commissions and the field of national service and volunteerism. This award is the highest honor presented by ASC and only for the most exceptional service champions.
Over the last few years, the Schultz Family Foundation has emerged as a true champion of national service and a valued partner to ASC and the commission network. The foundation has seen the power of commissions to be innovators and leaders of national service, has embraced how commissions can be great sites for testing new approaches and initiatives, and has overall championed the role of commissions in national service. In addition, the foundation’s commitment to equity and access aligns well with ASC’s and the commission network’s goals of making sure national service is an opportunity for everyone.
Of particular note is the National Service Challenge, through which the foundation invested 3.5 million dollars to support the work of eight commissions in developing and expanding innovative programs and initiatives that will better serve Black and Indigenous AmeriCorps members, as well as other members of color, low-income members, and young adult members.
The Schultz Family Foundation was one of eight awardees:
2022 ASC Innovation & Leadership Award Recipients
- Friend of America’s Service Commissions: Schultz Family Foundation (Washington)
- State Service Leadership Award: Governor Gavin Newsom (California)
- Outstanding Commissioner: Charlette Kremer (Idaho)
- Outstanding Commission Executive Director: John Kelly (Colorado)
- Outstanding Commission Staff: Kate Scheuritzel (Connecticut)
- Outstanding Service Program: Green Iowa AmeriCorps (Iowa)
- Outstanding Service Program Staff: Erika Hermosillo (California)
- Honor Roll: LaDawn Stoddard (Utah)
“Each of these awardees has answered the call to serve in an innovative way that is transforming the national service landscape,” said Kaira Esgate, CEO of America’s Service Commissions. “They have promoted diversity and equity in AmeriCorps, launched creative new projects and initiatives that expand AmeriCorps services and make it easier for more partner organizations to join in service, and introduced groundbreaking federal and state service legislation. We are grateful for their leadership in each of their respective states, and for their tireless work to continually advance AmeriCorps and national service at the local, state, and federal level.”
“National service is a valuable pathway for young people to develop skills while meeting critical community needs. It opens up worlds of opportunity for young people by introducing them to careers they may never have discovered, and it allows them to discover what they are passionate about alongside their peers, all the while giving back to their communities in meaningful ways. National service can be transformational – both for the young people doing the work and for the people in need,” said Sheri Schultz, co-founder and chair of the Schultz Family Foundation.
To learn more about the event and honorees, visit statecommissions.org/annual-reception-awards.
About America’s Service Commissions
America’s Service Commissions (ASC) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan association representing and promoting the 52 state and territorial service commissions across the United States with the mission to lead and elevate the state service network. State service commissions are governor-designated public agencies or nonprofit organizations made up of more than 1,000 commissioners, private citizens leading the nation’s service movement and administering more than 75 percent of the federal AmeriCorps State and National funding to address pressing community needs. Learn more at statecommissions.org.