AmeriCorps is a new national initiative that involves people of all ages and backgrounds in
strengthening America's communities through service. Currently, over 20,000 AmeriCorps members
serve full or part-time in more than 350 AmeriCorps programs nationwide. In exchange for service,
members receive education awards.
AmeriCorps programs are as diverse as the communities they serve, but
they are united by a common mission:
Getting Things Done to help communities meet their education, public safety,
human and environmental needs.
Strenthening Communities by bringing together people from all backgrounds to solve
problems at the local level.
Encouraging Responsibility through service and civic education.
Expanding Opportunity by helping to make postsecondary education more affordable.
Who can be an AmeriCorps Member?
AmeriCorps members are citizens or permanent residents of the U.S. and at
least 17 years of age. Terms of service generally run from fall to
midsummer. To request information, call 1-800-94-ACORPS
(1-800-942-2677) TDD #1-800-833-3722.
How do Members afford to do full-time service for a full year?
Full-time AmeriCorps members earn a modest living allowance, roughly equal to minimum wage, and a
post-service award worth $4,725 to help pay for higher education or vocational training. Some
receive child care and health benefits. Part-time Members receive prorated benefits.
How does AmeriCorps benefit communities?
December, AmeriCorps Members in rural Kentucky have raised the reading
levels of half a county's children.
AmeriCorps service produces direct and demonstrable results in American communities. AmeriCorps
Members tutor and mentor at-risk youth, organize neighborhood watch associations, provide assistance
to crime victims and prevent crime through conflict resolution training. They build affordable
housing, help seniors live independently, and immunize children against preventable diseases.
They clean up city streets, restore national parks, and provide relief to areas hardest hit by
Beyond the tangible benefits, AmeriCorps helps strengthen communities by bringing together a wide
range of community members in both planning and implementing programs: city, state and federal
leaders; local businesses and nonprofit organizations; and citizens of all ages and backgrounds.
What organizations can apply for AmeriCorps Members' help?
Eligible organizations include those run by nonprofit organizations; institutions of higher
education; school and police districts; local, state, and federal governments; and Indian tribes.
Interested applicants should contact their State Commission on National Service for application information
and materials. For state commission phone listings contact the Corporation for National Service
at (202) 606-5000. Application deadlines are in spring.
How are AmeriCorps funds distributed?
Two thirds of AmeriCorps funds go directly to State Commissions on National
Service, which select local programs. The Corporation distributes the
remainder of AmeriCorps funds to national programs and special initiatives
through a competitive grants process. AmeriCorps programs are required
to demonstrate local support by raising matching funds from businesses and
other local sources.