State Service Commissions & National Service

​We may agree that service is a good thing, but that doesn't mean that it's simple. It engages a variety of perspectives, identities, and competing needs. How do service participants talk across difference? How do we make authentic connections both with the people we serve and the people we serve with? Civic reflection helps state service commissions and national service groups to explore these questions and support service participants across the country.


  • Higher rates of retention and a noticeable increase in renewal
  • Improved relationships between and among program staff and service members
  • Member development and satisfaction – with 70% of participants saying that civic reflection increased their commitment to serve.

View impact case studies that detail CCR's work with state service commissions and national service groups.

What People Are Saying


Do acts of service move us toward equality? Where will the server be, five years from any particular service transaction? Where will the served be? What do we learn, when we serve? What do we learn when we are served? What don’t we talk about when we don’t talk about service?


--Adam Davis

Director, Center for Civic Reflection


It was a great chance to hear a diverse perspective on service from leaders across the country. I think we often get siloed in our discussions about service in our own subcultures; I enjoyed this rare opportunity!


--"Service in an Age of Inequality" Discussion Participant


As a trained civic reflection facilitator who routinely uses it in my own service-learning classes and work with both student and community groups, I can personally attest to its value as a methodology for engaging diverse audiences in deep conversations (and hence deeper meaning-making) about our society, our values, and the wellsprings of our desire for a more just and equitable world.


--Chris Skrable

Program Manager, Center for Experiential Learning, Loyola University Chicago