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Interested in Becoming an

AmeriCorps State Member?

ARE YOU READY TO JOIN AMERICORPS?
How do I join AmeriCorps?
Visit Join AmeriCorps. On this page, you'll learn how to apply for an AmeriCorps opportunity that fits what you're looking for. 

 

Applying to Serve, Using My AmeriCorps webpage will take you to a video to learn how to use the My AmeriCorps portal to create a profile, create applications, and apply to programs. Then you can head over to my.americorps.gov and get started.

 

HAVE SOME QUESTIONS ABOUT AMERICORPS?
What is AmeriCorps?
AmeriCorps is a network of national service programs, made up of three primary programs that each take a different approach to improving lives and fostering civic engagement. Members commit their time to address critical community needs like increasing academic achievement, mentoring youth, fighting poverty, sustaining national parks, preparing for disasters, and more. Check out the video for more information on AmeriCorps!
What do AmeriCorps Members do?

More than 75,000 Americans across the country participate in AmeriCorps each year. All of them are tackle different community needs in different ways.

Can you give me some examples, please?

Of course, here are just a few examples:

  1. AmeriCorps members help communities recover from the damage caused by natural and other disasters.

  2. AmeriCorps members build affordable housing units for families to increase economic opportunity for those living in poverty.

  3. AmeriCorps members facilitate mentorship programs to connect students with community members who can help with academic performance and college preparation.

  4. AmeriCorps members remove trash and other man-made debris from local ponds to promote environmental sustainability.

  5. AmeriCorps members encourage community members to donate fresh produce to local schools to promote healthy futures and reduce childhood obesity.

  6. AmeriCorps members assist veterans and military families in filing for benefits claims, so they get access to the resources they need.

What are the benefits of serving in AmeriCorps?

In addition to the reward of serving your country and giving back? Yes, the benefits of service include, but are not limited to:

  • Student loan deferment

  • Skills and training

  • Living allowance

  • Limited health benefit options

  • Education Award upon completion of service 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

​​What are the 3 different AmeriCorps programs?

AmeriCorps State and National: AmeriCorps State and National supports a broad range of local service programs that engage thousands of Americans in intensive service to meet critical community needs. Learn more about AmeriCorps State and National.

AmeriCorps VISTA: AmeriCorps VISTA provides full-time members to community organizations and public agencies to create and expand programs that build capacity and ultimately bring low-income individuals and communities out of poverty. Learn more about AmeriCorps VISTA.

AmeriCorps NCCC: The AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps is a full-time residential program for men and women, ages 18-24, that strengthens communities while developing leaders through direct, team-based national and community service. Learn more about AmeriCorps NCCC.

Which AmeriCorps Program does the Governor's Office of Volunteer Services administer?

Our office administers the the AmeriCorps State program in Alabama.

Can you tell me more about Alabama AmeriCorps State? What's required for eligibility, experience, etc.?

Type of Service: Meet community needs through diverse projects.

Age: 17 years old and up.

Eligibility: U.S. citizen, U.S. national, or legal permanent resident alien of the United States to be an AmeriCorps member.

Skills and Experience: No prior experience necessary. Some programs have specific skill requests in certain areas, and others look for a bachelor's degree or a few years of related volunteer/job experience. For others, your motivation and commitment may be the primary requirement.

Duration of Service: Generally 3 – 12 months.

Location of Service: Alabama

Living Allowance: Yes, depends on program and position type.

Education award: Up to $6,095 Click here for information on the education award

Service Positions: Full-time: 1700hours, Three-quarter-time: 1200hours, Half-time: 900hours, Reduced-half-time: 675hours, Quarter-time: 450hours, Minimum-time: 300hours

The program determines the service position and hours for members.

Training: Absolutely. All members receive training at the beginning of their service, as well as project-specific training during service.

I have more questions. Where do I go to get answers?

For general questions about AmeriCorps, start on the AmeriCorps homepage and check out AmeriCorps FAQs.

 

For questions about Alabama AmeriCorps State, go to AL AmeriCorps State programs, national service in Alabama, or contact our office at (334) 242-1549.