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The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) plays a vital role in supporting and encouraging the values of citizenship, service, and responsibility. Our support includes training, research, and grants that provide opportunities for Americans to serve and help address critical community needs. Each year, national and community service participants and grantees recruit hundreds of thousands of volunteers, who donate millions of hours of service to their communities.

Getting Things Done

All national service programs address compelling community issues in education, public safety, health and human needs, the environment, and more.

National service participants

  • tutor children and adults
  • rehabilitate housing for low-income families
  • immunize children against preventable diseases
  • respond to natural disasters, mentor young people
  • help persons with disabilities and the elderly to maintain their independence
  • manage after-school programs for social and academic enrichment
  • and much more.

Senior Corps and AmeriCorps have track records of mobilizing community resources, helping to develop an ethic of service and leadership skills, and expanding and sustaining organizational capacity.

People Power

National service participants multiply the impact of thousands of organizations, from the nation's leading charities, such as Habitat for Humanity, the American Red Cross, Boys and Girls Clubs of America, to small faith-based and other community organizations.

CNCS provides financial support through grants and “people power” to more than 2,000 nonprofits that utilize AmeriCorps members in meeting community needs and strengthening the capacity and reach of the organizations where they serve. Additionally, more than 12,000 community nonprofits engage senior volunteers supported by Senior Corps.

Find out which program is right for your organization

Find Volunteers and Members

CNCS offers resources to help you recruit people for your projects, including tools to post your service opportunities online.

We understand that sometimes you don't need national service participants for your project -- you just need some volunteers. Or you may want lend a helping hand in your neighborhood. is your online resource for not only finding volunteer opportunities in your community, but also creating your own. America’s foundation will be built one community at a time –- and it starts with you.

Not sure which program is right for you?

Use our interactive program selector below to help you determine which programs best fit your organization's needs. Please note that this tool is designed to help guide you to programs that may be appropriate. The results should therefore not be viewed as a the only programs that may fit your organization's needs.

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