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


Civic reflection has been instrumental in improving our retention rate. It’s a bonding tool that helped reunite our group.


--AmeriCorps Program Manager, Ohio


I found the entire experience to be very affirming. It gave me a greater understanding of exactly what I do and its importance in the big picture - it also helped me... think more clearly not just about who we are and what we are actually doing, but who we are called to be and how that may be changing - and what should not change. It helped me as a leader, deeply and personally.


--Participant, Uplifting Nonprofit Leadership Discussion Series


Attending the Center for Civic Reflection’s training made us realize how valuable reflective discussions could be for people involved in conservation. Too often, our work focuses on addressing particular problems with specific solutions. There is not much time given to reflection.


--Jeannine Richards

Communications Coordinator, Aldo Leopold Foundation