Contributing to the Nation's Health
AmeriCorps focuses on healthy futures, centering around access to health care, aging in place, food security, and combatting the opioid crisis.
individuals served through AmeriCorps opioid and substance abuse programing
seniors and people with disabilities received independent living services
Public Health AmeriCorps
AmeriCorps and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention together launched Public Health AmeriCorps to support the recruitment, training, and development of the next generation of public health leaders who will be ready to respond to the nation’s public health needs.
Since the COVID-19 pandemic started, thousands of AmeriCorps members and AmeriCorps Seniors volunteers across the nation continued their service while adapting to meet the changing needs caused by the pandemic. They provided support, community response, and recovery efforts to communities, playing a vital role in needed services like vaccination support, food security, and education.
Opioid Crisis and Substance Abuse
AmeriCorps members and AmeriCorps Seniors volunteers serve across the country to provide drug abuse education, serve as recovery coaches, build capacity for anti-drug organizations, provide screening and assessments, establish state and local coalitions, prevent relapse and recidivism, and more. We work with organizations to combat the opioid crisis through a variety of program models to expand the reach and impact of substance education, prevention, and recovery efforts.
AmeriCorps members serve in nonprofits and public agencies to offer peer support and project management to help expand capacity and make recovery possible for more Americans.
Contribute to Your Community's Healthy Future
Do you want to make an impact in your community and country?
AmeriCorps members and AmeriCorps Seniors volunteers serve with organizations to strengthen communities across our nation.
AmeriCorps launched a new food security initiative in 2020 to create a comprehensive and collaborative approach to hunger after the nation witnessed a 55% increase in people turning to food banks and community programs. AmeriCorps members across the nation serve to end hunger by providing people power in needed programs, offering food security resources to areas most in need, and building food security systems that are sustainable.
In the rural highlands of Puerto Rico-Central Mountain Range in Maricao, Fundación Bucarabón believes that food security is the gateway to community development and human growth. AmeriCorps members help design food security digital portals, train farmers on how to obtain grants or social support and develop food safety strategies.
AmeriCorps members work alongside educators to provide kids with food education and culturally affirming experiences with food in the classroom and gardens. They also work with schools, service site organizations, and local communities to promote nourishing school food environments.
Assistance for Older Americans
AmeriCorps Seniors volunteers serve to help provide independent living services to older adults and people with disabilities across the nation. They provide in-home support that prevents isolation and keeps these individuals engaged in their own homes longer, avoiding costly institutional care. They help with daily living tasks such as transportation to medical and other appointments, shopping or delivering meals to increase food security or paying bills. Volunteers also provide respite for family caregivers.
Learn more about AmeriCorps Seniors