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The AmeriCorps Story

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Transcript of The AmeriCorps Story

AmeriCorps Today
Meeting critical needs across America by...
AmeriCorps Fast Facts
706,000 AmeriCorps members since 1994

860 Million Hours served by AmeriCorps members

$2 Billion Segal AmeriCorps Education Awards earned by
AmeriCorps members

2.6 Million Volunteers managed or mobilized by AmeriCorps
members in 2010

14,000 Number of nonprofit, faith-based, and community
organizations served by AmeriCorps members

$7.2 Billion AmeriCorps funds invested in nonprofit, community,
educational, and faith-based groups since 1994
AmeriCorps State/National
- Largest branch of AmeriCorps

- About 74,000 members serve each year

- Members serve with more than 13,000 organizations

- Members address needs in education, environment, health, housing,
disaster response and more

- Grantees include: national and local nonprofits, schools, and universities,
public agencies, and Native American tribes

- Full-time and part-time opportunities
AmeriCorps Alumni
Continuing Their Service and Commitment
Interested in Joining AmeriCorps?
- Think about how and where you want to serve

- Talk to AmeriCorps Members and Alums

- Find out what programs are recruiting

- Apply!
* Visit www.nationalservice.gov
* Click on "AmeriCorps"
* "Join AmeriCorps!" (right side of page)
* Toll free: 800-942-2677 (TTY 800-833-3722)
Get Things Done for America
The AmeriCorps Story
Iowa Commission on Volunteer Service
In Iowa we have 1200 AmeriCorps members serving
6 Focus Areas
Youth Development
Health
Volunteer Management
Human Services
Energy & Environmental
Disaster Services
Corporation for National and Community Service
The Corporation for National and Community Service is the federal agency that improves lives, strengthens communities, and fosters civic engagement through service and volunteering. The Corporation administers three main programs.
1. Senior Corps:
440,000 Americans 55+

2. AmeriCorps:
83,000 members

3. Learn and Serve America:
1 million students in service-learning
1. Teach and Tutor
2. Mentor Youth
3. Build Homes
4. Fight Poverty
5. Conserve the Environment
6. Provide Health Services
7. Respond to Disasters
8. Mobilize Volunteers
9. Assist Veterans
10. Much, much more…
Three Programs
AmeriCorps
State/National
AmeriCorps
VISTA
AmeriCorps
NCCC
AmeriCorps VISTA
- AmeriCorps’ poverty-fighting arm

- Created in 1964 as part of War on Poverty

- 7,700 members serve each year

- VISTAs collaborate with low-income individuals and
communities to fight poverty

- Focus on capacity building: raising funds, recruiting
volunteers, & designing sustainable programs

- More than 1,000 project sponsors

- Full-time year-long service
AmeriCorps NCCC
- Team-based residential service

- Focus on disaster response, environment, housing, and
youth

- Teams travel to projects in neighboring states

- Open to 18-24 year-olds

- 1,100 members serve each year

- Members live on 5 campuses: Sacramento, CA;
Denver, CO; Vinton, IA; Perry Point, MD and Vicksburg, MS

- Full-time 10-month service

- NEW: FEMA Corps
National Civilian Community Corps
Longitudinal studies show AmeriCorps Alums:

- are more connected to their communities
- continue to participate in community activities
- choose public service careers at higher levels
than their peers
Why Join AmeriCorps?
- To help others
- Career skills
- Adventure
- Benefits
- Serve my community
AmeriCorps Benefits
- Living allowance

- Health care

- Student loan deferment

- Training

- Segal AmeriCorps Education Award equal to the maximum
amount of the Pell Grant that can be used to pay for college
or pay back student loans. For 2013, the amount is $5,550

- Benefits vary by program
Chad Driscoll, ICVS Program Officer
email: chad.driscoll@iowa.gov
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