Are you interested
in learning about AmeriCorps? Are you interested in finding open AmeriCorps
service opportunities? Then this is the section for you!
What is AmeriCorps?
AmeriCorps engages more than 75,000 Americans in intensive
service each year at nonprofits, schools, public agencies, and community
and faith-based groups across the country. Since the program’s
founding in 1994, more than 900,000 AmeriCorps members have contributed
more than 1.2 billion hours in service across America while tackling
pressing problems and mobilizing millions of volunteers for the organizations
they serve. AmeriCorps is made up of three main programs, State and
National, NCCC, and VISTA, each with their own unique design and scope.
and National is the broadest of the
three AmeriCorps programs. State and National members meet critical
community needs in education, public safety, health, and the environment
through direct service.
is a full-time, team-based, residential program for men and women ages
18-24. Its mission is to strengthen communities and develop leaders
through direct, team-based national and community service.
VISTA is the oldest of the three
AmeriCorps programs. VISTA members serve full-time members to nonprofit,
faith-based and other community organizations, and public agencies to
create and expand programs that bring low-income individuals and communities
out of poverty.
Each AmeriCorps program has its own set of eligibility requirements
which can be found at www.nationalservice.gov. The general requirement
for all programs is that an individual must be a U.S. citizen, U.S.
national, or lawful permanent resident alien age 18 or older.
How do I apply?
There are two ways that individuals interested in joining AmeriCorps
- Go to www.nationalservice.gov/programs/americorps
and click on the “Join AmeriCorps” side bar. Individuals
can search for open positions by state or opportunity type.
- Go to www.myamericorps.gov
and click on search listings. Individuals do not need to create
a username and password to search openings; however, he or she will
need to do so in order to apply.
will get things done for America to make our people safer, smarter,
I will bring Americans together to strengthen our communities.
Faced with apathy, I will take action.
Faced with conflict, I seek common ground.
Faced with adversity, I will persevere.
I will carry this commitment with me this year and beyond.
I am an AmeriCorps member and I will get things done.
Are you interested in serving with AmeriCorps, but looking for more
information about AmeriCorps in West Virginia? Are you currently serving
with one of Volunteer West Virginia’s 13 statewide AmeriCorps
State programs? Then this is the section for you!
AmeriCorps in West Virginia
Benefits of Serving
- AmeriCorps members are
provided a modest living stipend throughout their 12 month commitment.
- AmeriCorps members have the option to sign up for healthcare coverage
via the Marketplace
(the federal health insurance enrollment website), The Corps
Network (the Volunteer West Virginia member health insurance program),
(West Virginia’s state website for enrolling in Medicaid) depending
on the AmeriCorps program and the members individual needs.
- AmeriCorps members who meet the qualifications below may be eligible
for child care benefits:
- The member’s household
income must not exceed 75% of the state’s median income for
a family of the same size
- The member must not currently receive a child care subsidy from
another source at the time of acceptance into the program (including
a parent or guardian) which would continue to be provided while
the member serves in the program
- The member must be the parent or legal guardian of a child under
the age of 13
- The child must reside with the member.
- AmeriCorps members who
successfully complete their term of service will be eligible to receive
an education award equivalent to a Pell Grant. The education award
may be used to pay for college tuition or to use towards student loan
- Training & Resources
- Mountain State Leaders:
Mountain State Leaders (MSL) is the training program for Volunteer
West Virginia’s AmeriCorps members. MSL occurs twice a year
generally in the fall and then again in the spring.
- Disaster Corps: Disaster Corps is Volunteer West Virginia’s
new initiative that offers members various trainings to learn to
effectively serve their communities during times of disaster.
Alums Professional Development Webinars
- Disability & Inclusion Resources
- Life After AmeriCorps