Volunteers

Current Volunteers, Potential Volunteers

The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) is an equal opportunity government agency with rewarding opportunities across the country.

The vast majority of these opportunities are volunteer (or “member”) positions made available through Senior Corps and AmeriCorps.

To learn about opportunities available through these programs, please use our Interactive Program Selector to help you determine which program is right for you.

Employment opportunities at CNCS

Senior Corps

Senior Corps connects today’s 55+ with the people and organizations that need them most. We help them become mentors, coaches or companions to people in need, or contribute their job skills and expertise to community projects and organizations. Volunteers receive guidance and training so they can make a contribution that suits their talents, interests, and availability.

Established in 1993, the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) is a federal agency that engages more than 5 million Americans in service through its core programs -- Senior Corps, AmeriCorps, and the Social Innovation Fund -- and leads President Obama’s national call to service initiative, United We Serve. 

As the nation’s largest grantmaker for service and volunteering, CNCS plays a critical role in strengthening America’s nonprofit sector and addressing our nation’s challenges through service. 

Foster Grandparents

Foster Grandparents are role models, mentors, and friends to children with exceptional needs. The program provides a way for volunteers age 55 and over to stay active by serving children and youth in their communities.  

Volunteers serve at thousands of local organizations that:

Under the Serve America Act (SAA), all grantees must conduct National Service Criminal History checks on participants and program employees in AmeriCorps, Foster Grandparents, Senior Companions, and any other programs funded by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) under National Service laws.

National Service Criminal History check regulations have been in effect since November 2007 when two-part checks were first required under specific programs, and only on individuals in recurring contact with a vulnerable population.

The Board of Directors sets policies and direction for the Corporation for National and Community Service and is responsible for all actions taken by the Chief Executive Officer with respect to standards, policies, procedures, programs and initiatives as are necessary to carry out the mission of CNCS.

The Segal AmeriCorps Education Award is a post-service benefit received by participants who  complete a term of national service in an approved AmeriCorps program--AmeriCorps VISTA, AmeriCorps NCCC, or AmeriCorps State and National. The award is named after Eli Segal, one of the pioneers of the national service movement and the first CEO of the federal Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS).

Native American Affairs

Indian Tribes and organizations that support Native American communities have been successfully drawing upon national service resources to meet family and community needs for more than 45 years. The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) through its Senior Corps, AmeriCorps State and National, AmeriCorps VISTA, and AmeriCorps NCCC programs has a long-standing commitment to working with tribal nations on a government-to-government basis and is committed to enhancing the collaboration process across all programs to address critical issues affecting Native American communities.

CEO Wendy Spencer in front of CNCS and US flagsOn April 9, 2012, the U.S. Senate unanimously confirmed Wendy Spencer to serve as CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS). 

CNCS is a federal agency that administers AmeriCorps, Senior Corps, the Social Innovation Fund, and other programs.  Together these programs engage more than five million Americans in service and volunteering to improve lives, strengthen communities, and foster civic engagement.

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