Minnesota has a legacy of national leadership in fostering volunteerism and community service. The oldest surviving volunteer center in the United States was established in Minnesota in 1919. The state has generated service organizations such as the National Youth Leadership Council (NYLC), the Campus Outreach Opportunity League (COOL) and the National Retiree Volunteer Coalition (NRVC), now providing leadership as part of the national service movement. Minnesota's bipartisan ethic of civic commitment has stimulated governors and legislators to break new ground in state community service legislation .from the creation of the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s to the first commitment of substantial state resources to the National Senior Service Corps program in 1981, to the passage of the Minnesota Youth Works legislation in 1993. (See Appendix 1 for a history of service in Minnesota.) The service ethic has also been furthered by corporations in Minnesota such as Dayton-Hudson, Honeywell, Jostens, General Mills, 3M, Pillsbury/Grand Met and Lutheran Brotherhood, all of whom have supported community service efforts with their time and dollars for over a decade.
Minnesota Commission on National and Community Services, "Minnesota Plan for National and Community Service (1994-1997)" (1994). Service Learning, General. 63.