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AmeriCorps is your moment to take the path less traveled, to break the status quo, to stop talking about the problem and be the solution. Join AmeriCorps and you can mentor and tutor kids, rebuild a community after disaster, help veterans and work with local communities to alleviate poverty. There are thousands of opportunities to choose from.

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AmeriCorps is a way for Americans of all ages and backgrounds to dedicate their time and skills to get things done. So, how does AmeriCorps get things done? Approximately 75,000 Americans across the country join AmeriCorps programs each year and all of them are tackling different problems in different ways.


Earn Education Award.

Earn Living Allowance.

Gain Professional Skills.


Choose Where You Want to Serve.

Pick Your Organization to Serve With.

Choose Your Focus.


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    Matt Loehman
    AmeriCorps VISTA Alum with HELP New Mexico

    Coming out of college, in the depth of the great recession, I knew I wanted to do something like Peace Corps. When I found out about AmeriCorps, I was excited to learn that I could do similar work as Peace Corps, but in an underserved or disadvantaged community in the US. Albuquerque, New Mexico is most certainly an underserved community, so I returned home.

    In my two years as an AmeriCorps VISTA, I worked on projects related to substance abuse, recidivism, housing for low-income individuals with disabilities, and much more. This experience introduced me to a wide array of nonprofits and the vital roles they play. Moreover, these two years set my path forward.

    In all, I'm approaching 10 years in the nonprofit sector. I'm now Executive Director of a statewide nonprofit. My career would have gone in a different and probably less fulfilling direction without my time in AmeriCorps VISTA. I am definitely #MadeInAmeriCorps.

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    Jaelen Buxton-Punch
    AmeriCorps Member with Kid Power, Inc.

    After graduating from Howard University where the motto is, “Truth and Service,” I didn’t want to chase a corporate dream. I wanted to help other children achieve their dreams. I joined AmeriCorps to continue upholding the lifelong commitment to service that was instilled in me. I serve because I was served. Now, I have the pleasure of working with Kid Power, Inc. and partnering with a local school in Washington, D.C. as a Community and Resource Coordinator. I develop and implement curriculum, and help address the financial, physiological and psychological hardships faced by my students and their families. I thought my lifelong pursuit of education would lead me down a different path, but the impact my students have had on my life has caused me to consider a path in social work, public health or another year in AmeriCorps!

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    Nick Paulson
    AmeriCorps Member with Habitat for Humanity of Washington D.C.

    I’ve always had a passion for service, and Habitat for Humanity and affordable housing were things I was always interested in. Serving as an AmeriCorps member for Habitat for Humanity has confirmed to me that public service is part of the big picture for my life. I still remember the first time I saw a homeowner settling into his new home after a build. It felt great to witness first-hand the difference I was making in someone’s life.  

    I want to continue helping people grow, as opposed to just helping companies grow their bottom lines. I want to improve lives. And because of AmeriCorps, I no longer look at service as just something you do while you’re completing a project. It’s not just a one-off thing. It’s a way of life. I now always look for opportunities to help people in everyday situations, with everyday tasks. AmeriCorps has completely transformed my attitude about what it means to give back.

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    Anita Jones
    AmeriCorps VISTA with Northwest Real Estate Capital Corporation in Boise, ID

    As a person dedicated to advancing my future career in public health through an extensive focus in academic studies, a position with AmeriCorps has allowed self-growth and valuable opportunities. My interests in serving the community have inspired an enthusiasm for continuing the path to better serve local communities to a global level for the overall greater good. As a VISTA, I am able utilize my skills to serve underrepresented people while strengthening my knowledge and relationship with my community through teamwork, community involvement and service learning. My current studies and pursuit of higher education in the field of public health reinforces my dedication to serving my community as an integral part of my life.

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What’s it like to serve in AmeriCorps? AmeriCorps members share a day in the life.

Jasmine Walker | AmeriCorps VISTA

Jasmine in classroom with students

Hello! My name is Jasmine Walker, and I’m an AmeriCorps VISTA. Today, I’m facilitating a Scratch lesson to expose young ladies to careers in STEM-related fields. In case you’re wondering, Scratch is a type of interactive programming language.

Stay tuned for more! #dayinthelife #americorpsweek #madeinamericorps

Jasmine Walker at white board that says "Girls change the world!"

Jasmine Walker here, a proud AmeriCorps VISTA. Today is full of empowering young ladies to be all they can in the world of STEM. The girls made a slogan that states:

“I have a voice. What I say matters, How I say it matters, but it must be said!”

#dayinthelife #americorpsweek #madeinamericorps

Jasmine walking outside

I’m Jasmine Walker and this is my 4th AmeriCorps term. As my day comes to an end, I reflect on how this organization has changed me for the better.

AmeriCorps challenged me to not only become the best version of myself, but to find my voice and speak up for others. Thank you for the opportunity to serve my community.

#madeinamericorps #dayinthelife #americorpsweek

Paula Pecorella | AmeriCorps State & National serving with Reading Partners

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Good morning! My name is Paula Pecorella and I am a recruitment associate here at @RPBaltimore. Today I’m taking over the @nationalservice instagram to show you what a #DayinTheLife of a service member looks like!

Meet MV, one of our AmeriCorps Site Coordinators here at Reading Partners Baltimore. Reading Partners is a children’s literacy program that brings community volunteers into neighborhood schools to provide one-on-one reading support using a proven, evidence-based curriculum to ensure students are on track to read at grade level by fourth grade.

MV begins her day of service by taking her whiteboard attendance list out into the hallway and greeting all of the kids who pass by the reading center on their way to class. Students are always eager to find out if it's their day for tutoring. “They love coming in here no matter the age, so being ‘on the list’ is a big deal,” MV explained. Students in our program receive tutoring sessions twice weekly, and the smiles on their faces show just how much they love it!


Paula Pecorella reading to young student

It’s Paula again! A bit about Reading Partners: it connects volunteers from local communities with students in neighborhood schools to provide them with one-on-one tutoring and the tools they need to achieve grade level literacy results. Community volunteer tutors are the lifeblood of our organization.

The statistics on elementary reading achievement in Baltimore alone are staggering: results from the spring 2018 Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) assessment indicate that only 14.2 percent of Baltimore City’s third- through fifth-grade students met or exceeded expectations of grade-level reading. However, with the help of volunteer tutors, more than 83 percent of students who are enrolled in our program meet or exceed their literacy goals!

A #DayinTheLife of a site coordinator includes overseeing the tutors and students who come into the reading center, and filling in when tutors can’t make a session. According to MV, this is one of the most fulfilling parts of her service. “I love being able to just focus in on one student and see their growth. It's like looking through a microscope, you get to zoom in on a student and really see how they’re doing.” MV told me. “I’ve worked with students in the past, but to be able to see their growth over a full school year has really taught me to appreciate the process a student needs, as well as the power of relationships. Americorps has given me the opportunity to form bonds and truly become a part of a community at my school with not just students, but teachers, staff, and volunteers.” #DayinTheLife


Paula Pecorella in front of bookshelf

Paula here with some closing thoughts before I sign off. Many families don’t have the resources to keep children’s books in the home. That’s why at Reading Partners we give all of our students books to take home with them after each session. Now they can start building their own in-home library!

AmeriCorps members, like MV, represent nearly 70 percent of Reading Partners’ workforce, serving in critical roles such as site coordinators, regional site coordinators, literacy leads, and volunteer coordinators. Another daily task that MV is responsible for as a site coordinator is arranging and organizing the Take Reading Home Library in a way that is interesting and engaging for students. She regularly rotates the books on display, and tracks each students progress in the books they’re reading.

She says she loves it when a student picks up a book that was one of her favorites as a kid. “It’s fantastic because you get to relive that childhood mystery of wondering what’s going to happen, and then you watch a first grader light up when he figures it out and asks to read it again.” Thanks for following along during this #AmeriCorpsWeek Instagram takeover! Follow @rpbaltimore to learn more about the work we do!


Erin Ratliff | AmeriCorps VISTA

Erin holding a bag outside of program site.

Hello everyone! My name is Erin, and I’m taking over the #nationalservice Instagram to give you a glimpse into a day in my life as an #americorpsvista.

I am 10 months into my year of service with the City of Boise. I am working on building capacity within neighborhoods by increasing the ease of access to resources. Every day looks a little different but each one brings new opportunities and challenges. Today is going to be a good day. I’m meeting with Human Resources later to discuss one of my projects, the Neighborhood Block Party Trailer: a resource that will eventually bring neighbors together by making community gatherings accessible to all. After months of behind-the-scenes work, I’m excited that this project is making headway.

#dayinthelife #madeinamericorps #americorpsweek

Erin presenting to her team

Just got back from my meeting with HR, and things are looking good for the Neighborhood Block Party Trailer! The trailer will give residents a low-barrier opportunity to foster connections with members of the community. I started this project in June, and it’s been rewarding to see it move past the idea phase. Last year, I did a lot of grunt work, which wasn’t the most fun. At the start, I spent the majority of my time toggling between Google and Excel, and became somewhat of an expert in navigating city websites.

After finishing initial research and a memo, there were no updates for months. I learned quickly that things in government work on their own schedule. Ultimately, the project wasn’t approved until the beginning of this year and since then things have been progressing just as slowly.
Even though everything is still happening on its own time, meetings like the one I had today remind me that progress is still being made. At this pace, my AmeriCorps term will end before residents are able to access this new resource, but at the end of the day I know that I played an essential part in the whole process.

#dayinthelife #madeinamericorps #americorpsweek

Erin serving with her team at her AmeriCorps VISTA program

As I finish my workday, I am reminded of how lucky I am to work on a project that will bring people together. I started my day sharing a meal with my co-workers, something we do frequently to decompress and spend time together. The joy we get from this simple act is immense and it does so much for our small work community. Even though the process is daunting, I am happy that the Neighborhood Block Party is going to provide residents with the same feeling. Building community is so important, and this project will make it easier to. Even if I won’t be here to see it to the end, all the work is still worth it!

#dayinthelife #madeinamericorps #americorpsweek

Emily Johnson | AmeriCorps NCCC

AmeriCorps NCCC member making fire line

Hey everyone! It’s Emily again, back on after experiencing some glitches on Instagram! Yesterday was Bayou 3’s first burn with the U.S. Forest Service! After packing up our tools and doing our morning safety briefing, we executed a prescribed burn on 146 acres of land. Prescribed burns are essential to the health of forests because they promote new growth of plants and trees. It was so fun to learn how to safely and effectively carry out a burn.

Serving with AmeriCorps has given me work opportunities that I wouldn’t have had anywhere else, and it has allowed me to travel to parts of the country that I would have never visited before. I’ve met some amazing people along the way, and it has really helped me grow as a person!

#madeinAmeriCorps #AmeriCorpsWeek #nationalservice #DayOfTheA

Emily Johnson looking at field of control burn.

It’s Emily again, with one last post before I finish my takeover and sign off! After a long day of being out in the field yesterday, my team and I headed back to our housing to eat dinner together. Today we are planting 15,000 saplings in George Washington National Forest. Looking forward to another #DayInTheLife as an AmeriCorps member!

Thanks for tuning in! It’s been great getting to share our adventures with all of you!

#MadeInAmeriCorps #nationalservice #DayOfTheA



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