Governor Kay Ivey on Thursday abolished the Governor’s Office of Faith-Based and Volunteer Service (also known as Serve Alabama) and replaced it with Governor’s Office of Volunteer Services in an effort to end unnecessary duplication within the state’s agencies.
Ivey signed Executive Order 709 establishing the new office, which will be within the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs (ADECA).
“It is my goal as governor to steady the ship of state and improve the image of Alabama, part of that entails ending unnecessary duplication of services within state agencies,” Ivey said. “I know that the Governor’s Office of Volunteer Services will work well in its new home at ADECA.
Ivey appointed Lisa Castaldo as Coordinator for the Office, and she will report to Director Kenneth Boswell at ADECA. The new office will continue to serve as the operating agency of the Alabama Commission on National and Community Service and conduct its programs funded by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS).
“I appreciate Coordinator Castaldo and all of the staff for the incredible work they are doing and look forward to them being just as successful in the future,” Ivey added.
These changes take effect immediately.