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So, what is AmeriCorps?
Individuals that commit their time and skills to get things done for America.
How does AmeriCorps get things done?
There are more than 80,000 Americans across the country participating in AmeriCorps each year. All of them are tackling different problems in different ways.
Can you give me some examples, please?
Of course, here are just a few examples:
- If there is a tornado, flood, forest fire, or hurricane, AmeriCorps members help communities recover from the damage caused by that disaster.
- To help people who are living in poverty have economic opportunity, AmeriCorps members build affordable housing units for families.
- For high school students who want to prepare for college and advance their education, AmeriCorps members create a mentorship program to connect students with community members.
- To promote environmental stewardship, AmeriCorps members remove trash and other man-made debris from local ponds.
- With an aim to reduce childhood obesity and promote healthy futures, AmeriCorps members have community members donate fresh produce to their local schools.
- AmeriCorps members assist veterans and military families in filing for benefits claims, so they get access to the resources they need.
What makes someone an AmeriCorps “member"?
They have dedicated their time and skills to serve. AmeriCorps members spend anywhere from 3 months to a year volunteering with a nonprofit, school, public agency, or community and faith-based organization.
Why is it a “Corps”?
Similar to the Military or the Peace Corps, it’s another form of service to our country.
But it looks different than it sounds - Correct, it’s pronounced like (kôr) core of the earth or core of an apple, but spelled with a silent “p”.
Why should someone be an AmeriCorps member?
To make our people safer, stronger and healthier; to strengthen our communities; and to get things done for America.
Are there perks?
In addition to the reward of serving your country and giving back? Yes, there are a few other perks.
- student loan deferment
- potential living allowance
- limited health benefit options
- an Education Award upon completion to help pay for college, graduate school, or vocational training or to repay student loans
- career opportunities with leading employers from the private, public and nonprofit sectors
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