AmeriCorps, also known as the domestic Peace Corps, engages Americans of all ages in service opportunities each year. AmeriCorps members serve with local nonprofits and community agencies, where they have the opportunity to teach adults to read, make neighborhoods safer, teach children how to be healthier, as well as respond to and assist in natural disasters.
In Arkansas, AmeriCorps members have been able to serve over 80,000 people. Most of these AmeriCorps members serve with projects like Arkansas Garden Corps and Arkansas Future Teacher Initiative, as well as many others. Members can also serve in AmeriCorps*VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America), AmeriCorps*NCCC (the National Civilian Community Corps), and in Senior Corps in locations across America. Arkansas has AmeriCorps programs operating in many of its 75 counties. We’re teaching children to read, making neighborhoods safer, building affordable homes, and responding to natural disasters nationwide.
What do AmeriCorps Members do?
AmeriCorps members train volunteers, tutor and mentor at-risk youth, build housing, clean up rivers and streams, help seniors live independently, provide emergency and long-term assistance to victims of natural disasters, and meet other community needs.
Is there more than one type of AmeriCorps program?
Yes, there are three main branches of AmeriCorps: AmeriCorps*State, AmeriCorps*VISTA, and AmeriCorps*NCCC.
AmeriCorps State members serve in the the programs sponsored by the Arkansas Service Commission.
AmeriCorps VISTA members have served economically challenged communities for more than 35 years. The program is dedicated to increasing the capability of people to improve the conditions of their own lives. Members of AmeriCorps VISTA serve full-time and live in the communities they serve, creating programs that can continue after they complete their service.
AmeriCorps NCCC is a 10 month, full-time residential service program for men and women ages 18 to 24. Members help meet the nation’s critical needs in the areas of education, public safety, the environment, and other human needs. AmeriCorps NCCC combines the best practices of civilian service with the best aspects of military service, including leadership and team building.
What agencies oversee AmeriCorps?
All national service programs in the United States of America are overseen by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS). CNCS works with governor-appointed state commissions, nonprofits, faith-based groups, schools, and other organizations to provide opportunities for Americans of all ages to serve their communities.