Interested in Being an AmeriCorps Member?

americorpWith AmeriCorps,
you have choices!

Do you want to help a kid succeed in school? Or protect a state park? Or help a family rebuild their home after a devastating disaster? When you join AmeriCorps, you use your energy, ideals, and talents to help others. Plus, you’ll earn money for education, learn to be a leader, and gain real job skills.

To decide what program is right for you, ask yourself a few questions:

  • How much do I currently know about AmeriCorps?
  • Where would I like to serve?
  • What area of service am I interested in (tutoring, environment, public safety, etc.)?
  • Do I want to serve full-time, part-time or less?

Discover Exciting Opportunities Available to You!

Eligibility Requirements

  • Citizenship
    To become a Virginia AmeriCorps member you must reside in Virginia as a U.S. Citizen, national or lawful permanent resident alien.
  • Age Requirement
    To become a Virginia AmeriCorps member you must be at least 17 years old.
  • Time Requirement
    To become a Virginia AmeriCorps member be able to serve full-time (1700 hours) or part-time (900 hours) over a ten-to-twelve month period. Generally, Virginia AmeriCorps State programs begin their service year in the fall (September-October), and recruit new AmeriCorps members as early as June.

Benefits of Joining AmeriCorps

  • Education Award
    For one year of full-time service, members can receive an education award to pay for college, graduate school, or to pay back student loans. Serving part-time with AmeriCorps provides members with a partial education award. If you currently receive any kind of benefit (TANF, SSI, SSDI, etc.), you will want to know if the AmeriCorps stipend or education award will impact those benefits. Find out more at http://www.nationalservice.gov/resources/edaward.
  • Living Allowance
    About half of AmeriCorps members receive a modest annual living allowance.
  • Health Insurance
    Members receive health insurance.
  • Student Loan Postponement
    Members receive student loan postponement. In many cases, employment at and service in an AmeriCorps program are eligible for the loan forgiveness program. Find out more at http://files.consumerfinance.gov/f/201308_cfpb_public-service-toolkit.pdf.
  • Worker's Compensation
    Those members who serve in Virginia are also eligible for Workers' Compensation.

 

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