Why become an AmeriCorps service member?

As an AmeriCorps member, you can help make the world a better place while building your own skills. You will learn teamwork, leadership, responsibility and other essential skills that will help you for the rest of your life personally and professionally. And you will gain the personal satisfaction of taking on challenges and seeing results.

Members can serve in a full-time, half-time, or quarter-time capacity. A full-time member agrees to serve a minimum of 1,700 hours within one full year. This will take an average of 40 hours/week over a course of a 42.5-week period. Full-time members are issued a living allowance of $12,530 (pre-tax) in equal monthly payments. Upon successful completion of 1,700 hours of service, the AmeriCorps member qualifies for a $5,775 education award in the form of a voucher, and can be used to repay qualified student loans or to pay toward the cost of attending a Title IV institution of higher education. Members serving in a capacity also qualify for the living allowance and education award. Additional benefits of being a full-time member include health insurance and childcare subsidy.

“After speaking with my host-site supervisor, Leah, we decided that I would facilitate a group activity to create a mission statement and goals. At the quarterly meeting, we split up by service area and wrote down what our dream outcome would be: regardless of funding and public acceptance. I had the groups draw a picture to represent that dream. It was interesting to see how similar, yet different, each service area was. Lastly, they each came up with a mission statement that was reflective of their images.

Although the attendance levels were slightly lower than usual, I was able to work with the CAP members to create a few different mission statements. We also worked as a large group to brainstorm a list of goals. It was amazing! I had several members come up to me during break to tell me that I did a great job, and although it was slightly boring, it was critical that we got it done. I took the mission statements and threw them into a survey so that CAP could vote on it.

We settled on: “We are a partnership of child welfare and domestic violence professionals who promote system change through collaboration with the non-offending parent, to hold the perpetrator accountable for change.” I am so glad to have had the collaboration, and the ability to provide these workers with a set mission statement that they can reflect on. It was exciting for me to facilitate a large group and practice the leadership skills that I have developed while serving in AmeriCorps.”
-Morgan Roy, 2017