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Submitted by nicky.campbell on Mon, 11/09/2020 - 12:02

What to expect

We place AmeriCorps members and AmeriCorps Seniors volunteers with more than 2,000 organizations across the country.
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Who can serve?

AmeriCorps programs are open to individuals of all ages and backgrounds. AmeriCorps Seniors highlights the opportunities available to individuals 55 and older who want to make giving back their second act.

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How can I serve?

Through our programs, we offer opportunities with different time commitments and requirements, meaning you can serve in whatever capacity works for your goals and lifestyle.

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How do I apply?

To begin the process of applying for our programs, visit the Join page.

The benefits of serving

How serving with AmeriCorps can make an impact on your life.
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Living allowance

Receive a modest living allowance to cover basic expenses during your service term.

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Money for college and trade school

The Segal AmeriCorps Education Award is offered to individuals who complete a term of service and can be used to pay for a range of educational expenses, like repaying qualified student loans or future tuition payments. You can earn up to two full Education Awards with multiple service terms.

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Loan deferment and interest forbearance

Individuals in approved AmeriCorps positions are eligible for forbearance for most federally-guaranteed student loans. In addition, interest payments that accrue during service may be eligible for repayment by AmeriCorps.

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Professional development

Jump-start your career and gain transferable skills employers value including leadership, teamwork, and problem-solving. Once you complete your service, leverage the Employers of National Service network, which connects you with hundreds of employers from the private, public, and nonprofit sectors who are committed to hiring alumni.

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Alumni network

Join a network of like-minded leaders who are passionate about improving communities. AmeriCorps alumni receive access to special benefits and resources. For example, many colleges and universities match the Education Award and offer additional AmeriCorps scholarships.

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We make an impact by focusing on these key areas

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Education

Our members and volunteers support students in nearly 12,000 public, private, and charter schools across the country. Through our work we improve attendance and engagement, increase high-school graduation rates and expand college enrollment.

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Economic opportunity

Our programs serve as a pathway to employment opportunities and help develop vital work skills. We build and rehabilitate affordable housing, provide financial literacy training, and connect people to jobs.

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Disaster repsonse

When disaster strikes, we repair homes, assist survivors, and help restore communities when it matters most. We have deployed thousands of members and volunteers to areas affected by hurricanes, wildfires, floods, and tornadoes.

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Environmental stewardship

We serve on projects that cover thousands of acres of public lands across America – including many with the National Park Service. We help conserve natural habitats, protect clean air and water, and reduce utility bills by improving home energy efficiency.

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Healthy futures

We provide independent living services to 365,000 elderly Americans. We also build the capacity of food banks, combat the opioid crisis, tackle homelessness, and address food insecurity.

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Veterans & military families

We provide assistance to nearly 500,000 veterans and military families by connecting them to education opportunities, jobs, and the benefits they have earned. Many veterans also volunteer with us so they can continue to serve their country.

Stories

Every AmeriCorps experience tells a story.

AmeriCorps members and AmeriCorps Seniors volunteers represent the best of America: tirelessly serving people and communities across the country.

"I joined AmeriCorps because others helped me and I wanted to do the same."

Segal AmeriCorps Education Award

After successfully completing your AmeriCorps term of service and enrolling in the Trust, AmeriCorps members are eligible to receive the Segal AmeriCorps Education Award. You can use the award to repay qualified student loans and to pay current educational expenses at eligible institutions of higher education and training programs.

Fast facts

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$4B

in education awards dispersed to AmeriCorps alumni

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$1M+

scholarship funds paid to historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs)

Things you should know

Extending your award's use period

You must use the Education Award within a seven year period. In special cases, an alumnus can extend the use period for the Education Award, limitations apply.

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Transfer your award

Education Awards can be transferred from alumni to family members under specific conditions. Read more about how to transfer your Education Award.

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Tax implications

All payments made using the Segal AmeriCorps Education Award are subject to federal tax in the year each payment is made.

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AmeriCorps Seniors

Make giving back your second act by becoming an AmeriCorps Seniors volunteer.

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Find your right fit

Discover the opportunity that best suits your interests, availability and experience.

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