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What is AmeriCorps?

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 disaster services, economic opportunity, education, environmental stewardship, healthy futures, and veterans and military families.

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. Together these programs engage more than 1.5 million Americans of all ages and backgrounds in service each year.

AmeriCorps members serve with nonprofits, schools, public agencies, and faith-based and community organizations. Since 1994, more than 1 million men and women have provided needed assistance to millions of Americans across the nation through their AmeriCorps service.

Full-time members who complete their service earn a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award of $6,495 (October 1, 2021 through September 30, 2022) 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. Find out more about the benefits of service.

What types of things can AmeriCorps members do during their 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;
  • Providing services and support to veterans, members of the armed forces, and family members of deployed military personnel
  • Building organizational capacity.

Additional resources 

Find an AmeriCorps program

Click on a county in Washington and see a list of local prorgams

Join AmeriCorps 

Learn about the benefits of AmeriCorps and apply to serve

Host AmeriCorps 

Find out how your organization can apply to host an AmeriCorps program

Subgrantee Resources

Organizations with existing AmeriCorps programs can come here to find resources for running their program including handbooks, meeting materials, prgram development outlines and more!

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