Team Tennessee AmeriCorps
What is AmeriCorps?
AmeriCorps is the "domestic Peace Corps" where thousands of Americans, both young and young in spirit, are going to be getting things done through service in exchange for help financing their higher education or repaying their student loans. AmeriCorps seeks to harness the energy and idealism of Americans who are dedicated to making their communities -- and this country -- a better place for all of us to live. Visit this link to learn more!
What do AmeriCorps members do?
AmeriCorps is, first and foremost, about Getting Things Done, and AmeriCorps members will be engaged in solving problems and meeting a wide variety of needs across Tennessee and the country. Here in the Volunteer State, for example, AmeriCorps members will tutor at-risk youth, teach conflict resolution and mediation skills, improve the health and quality of life of senior citizens, work with families to prevent child abuse, and help children who are far behind in their growth and development to catch up to normal. And that's just for starters!
What benefits do members receive?
People can be a part of AmeriCorps in two capacities--as a part-time member or as a full-time member. Full-time AmeriCorps members must put in at least 1,700 hours of service in an approved AmeriCorps program in approximately one year. In return, they receive valuable training, a living allowance, health insurance, child care (if they qualify), and, upon completing their service, a Eli Segal AmeriCorps Education Award worth up to $5,645. The education award is good for seven years and can be used to pay off student loans and/or upcoming educational expenses. Some colleges and universities match the education award.
Part-time AmeriCorps members must put in 300 to 900 hours of service in an approved AmeriCorps program over one year. Part-time AmeriCorps members may receive a living allowance if the local program offers one, and will, upon the completion of their service, receive an education award based on the number of hours served. The Social Security Administration (SSA) has developed work incentives to encourage individuals with disabilities to attempt and retain employment. While national service is not employment, the SSI work incentives can be used to offset the impact of receipt of the living allowance and still retain SSI benefits.
Who can be a member of AmeriCorps?
Any US citizen or legal permanent resident alien 17 years old or older can be a member of AmeriCorps, from 17 to 117! There are no other limitations, such as income. Different local programs may, however, have their own individual requirements.
How can I find out more about joining AmeriCorps?
You can contact a program directly or contact Volunteer Tennessee at 615-253-6313 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. We'll be happy to provide you with information about the state's AmeriCorps programs.
If you're interested in being considered for AmeriCorps at sites across the country, visit www.americorps.gov or call the national recruitment database at 1-800-942-2677 (Voice) / 1-800-833-3722 (TDD) or submit a webform to the Corporation for National and Community Service.
How can I bring an AmeriCorps program to my community?
Any non-profit and state or local government agencies are eligible to host AmeriCorps programs. Contact Volunteer Tennessee at 615-532-9415 or by email email@example.com, and we'll be happy to get you information about how your agency can apply to host an AmeriCorps program. You can also look at funding process information on our Funding Opportunities page.