AmeriCorps is a network of local, state, and national service programs that connects more than 75,000 Americans each year in intensive service to meet our country’s critical needs in education, public safety, health, and the environment.
AmeriCorps members serve with more than 2,000 nonprofits, public agencies, and faith-based and community organizations. Since 1994, more than 500,000 men and women have provided needed assistance to millions of Americans across the nation through their AmeriCorps service.
AmeriCorps opens the door for citizens to serve in a variety of ways. Through their service and the volunteers they mobilize, AmeriCorps members address critical needs in communities throughout America, including:
- Tutoring and mentoring disadvantaged youth;
- Emergency response;
- Fighting illiteracy;
- Improving health services;
- Building affordable housing;
- Teaching computer skills;
- Protecting and restoring the environment;
- Managing or operating after-school programs;
- Helping communities respond to disasters;
- Building organizational capacity.
Full-time members who complete their service earn a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award of $5,730 to pay for college, graduate school, or to pay back qualified student loans. Members who serve part-time receive a partial Award. Some AmeriCorps members may also receive a modest living allowance during their term of service.
AmeriCorps is a program of the Corporation for National and Community Service, an independent federal agency created to connect Americans of all ages and backgrounds with opportunities to give back to their communities and their nation. AmeriCorps is made up of three programs: AmeriCorps*State and National; AmeriCorps*VISTA; and AmeriCorps*NCCC (National Civilian Community Corps). The Corporation also oversees Senior Corps and Learn and Serve America. Together these programs engage more than 1.5 million Americans of all ages and backgrounds in service each year.