Joining an AmeriCorps program is easy. You can get started by following these three steps or learn more at JoinAmeriCorps.gov:
An AmeriCorp member must:
If selected, AmeriCorps members must provide proof of age and citizenship, including government issued photo identification. AmeriCorps positions are contingent on satisfactory results of such criminal history checks.
To join AmeriCorps, apply directly to the program(s) of interest to you. AmeriCorps members serve in full-time, half-time, and reduced part-time capacity. The type of positions available will vary from program to program. You can view current programs by county on the Find an AmeriCorps program page or you can visit the Corporation for National and Community Service to get information about other AmeriCorps programs throughout the country.
Each program has its own selection process. After identifying programs of interest to you, you should contact the program to determine its selection process and obtain a copy of the member position description which will include minimum and desirable qualifications. The selection process typically includes an application (either on-line or paper) and an interview.
Check out this video for how to apply:
Staff at Serve Washington is available if you have questions or need additional assistance. You can contact us at 360-902-0656.
The service activities of AmeriCorps members will depend on the program. However, here is a sampling of typical member service activities:
There are as many reasons to serve as there are people who serve. Volunteering is not just an altruistic act. It's an opportunity to advance in all areas of your life. Here are a few of the things you can gain when you give your time and yourself:
Perhaps the first and biggest benefit people get from volunteering is the satisfaction of incorporating service into their lives and making a difference in their community and country. The intangible benefits alone—such as pride, satisfaction and accomplishment—are worthwhile reasons to serve. But there are other benefits as well.
During their term of service, full-time members receive a modest living allowance, also known as stipend. For the 2018-19 program year, the minimum living allowance for full-time members is $13,732. Depending on the program, part-time members may receive a living allowance.
In addition to the living allowance, all members who complete a term of service receive a Segal Education Award (valued at $5,920 for full-time members in 2018-19). The education award can be used to pay for college, graduate school, or to pay back qualified student loans. Further, members with qualifying student loans are eligible for student loan deferment during their term of service.
Childcare and healthcare benefits are available to full-time AmeriCorps members who qualify.