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How do I apply for an AmeriCorps NCCC team?

The first step is to determine the appropriate Regional Campus as your point of contact. Reach out to Regional Staff to discuss your ideas for a project, clarify questions, and learn more about the program. From there your organization can submit an NCCC Project Concept Form. Upon review of this form, NCCC will invite your organization to complete and submit a Service Project Application. Teams are awarded based on compelling need, geographic distribution, availability of teams, costs related to team deployment, and additional criteria within the application instructions. Please visit the NCCC sponsor page for more information on the application process.

What does the clearance process entail for AmeriCorps NCCC?

Invited AmeriCorps NCCC members must undergo 2-3 types of clearances before they may begin serving: a medical history clearance (Medical History Form) and a legal clearance (Fingerprint Card, Criminal History check). FEMA Corps Only: FEMA Initial Screening (OF-306 Federal Employment Form, Credit Release, Privacy Waiver). Passing the initial screening will allow you to begin your service with FEMA Corps, but a more in-depth background investigation will continue during your service. These forms will be provided to you when you are invited to serve with us. Please contact ANCCC@cns.gov if you need help filling them out, or have questions about what is contained in these forms.

How old do I need to be to serve in AmeriCorps Seniors?

The minimum age requirement for AmeriCorps Seniors program is 55. Individuals 55 and older may also apply to serve in AmeriCorps VISTA and AmeriCorps State and National programs.

Do I need specific skills to apply for AmeriCorps Seniors?

AmeriCorps Seniors taps the skills and experience of its volunteers. In most cases, no specific skills are required.

What benefits are provided during and after AmeriCorps Seniors?

Improved health and wellbeing, a living stipend, and strong sense of community. Some programs offer supplemental insurance and health care benefits or an increase stipend to purchase healthcare.

Is AmeriCorps just for young people?

No, AmeriCorps values the experience of older Americans. Whether you want a career change or have just retired, it’s never too late to serve. You can also check out opportunities specifically for individuals 55 and older through our AmeriCorps Seniors programs.

How do I apply to AmeriCorps Seniors?

Search opportunities using the AmeriCorps Seniors Pathfinder. Once you find an opportunity you want to apply for, use the contact info on the listing to contact the program. The program will explain next steps to apply.

Where can AmeriCorps Seniors volunteers serve?

There are thousands of AmeriCorps Seniors opportunities in all 50 states and U.S. territories. Search the AmeriCorps Seniors Pathfinder to find an opportunities that fits your interests, availability, and geographical preference.

How old do I need to be to serve in AmeriCorps?

The minimum age requirement for most AmeriCorps programs is 18. However, some accept applications from 16-17-year-olds. While a few programs are designed specifically for young adults, the majority of our programs have no upper age limit.

Do I get paid as an AmeriCorps member?

Yes, most AmeriCorps members receive a modest living allowance during their service term. AmeriCorps NCCC and FEMA Corps Members receive a modest living allowance that equals roughly $180 every two weeks, before taxes (approximately $4000 for a 10-month Traditional Corps term, or $4800 for a 12-month FEMA Corps term.) Team Leaders receive a living allowance that equals roughly $500 every two weeks, before taxes (approximately $12,000 for an 11-month Traditional Corps term, or $14,000 for a 12-month FEMA Corps term.)

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