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What is AmeriCorps?

Watch how AmeriCorps has made a difference all around us. Similar to the military or Peace Corps, AmeriCorps is another form of service to our country. AmeriCorps programs meet our country’s critical needs in disaster services, economic opportunity, education, environmental stewardship, healthy futures, as well as with our veterans and military families. AmeriCorps members serve with nonprofits, schools, public agencies, faith-based groups and community organizations. AmeriCorps members address the critical needs in communities around North Carolina.
AmeriCorps is made up of three programs: AmeriCorps State and National; AmeriCorps VISTA; and AmeriCorps NCCC (National Civilian Community Corps). All three AmeriCorps programs are connected to the Corporation for National and Community Service, an independent federal agency created to connect Americans of all ages and backgrounds with opportunities to give back to their communities and their nation.

AmeriCorps Programs

Since 1994, more than 4,000 AmeriCorps members have given at least one year of their lives to serve North Carolina. AmeriCorps members are in service to their country. By becoming an AmeriCorps member, you pledge to act, to get things done. Your role will be to make your communities safer and help the residents become smarter and healthier. Below are current programs in North Carolina:

Project MARSSpirit of ExcellenceProject ConserveProject POWERCTNC AmeriCorpsSTEMCorps EastPartnership to End HomlessnessCarolina College Advising Corps, Duke College Advising CorpsProject ACCESSMed-ServeProject ReadNC AbilityCorps, Friends of the NC Museum of Natural Science

AmeriCorps Grant Information

Why a community should apply for an AmeriCorps grant?

AmeriCorps Alumni

AmeriCorps Alums is now part of Service Year Alliance. Register to stay involved! AmeriCorps alumni continue to be community service leaders in their communities. North Carolina’s AmeriCorps alumni chapters also facilitate mentoring current members and organizing service projects so former members can continue to "get things done.” 

National AmeriCorps Programs

Senior Corps helps volunteers age 55 and older find the best way to serve in their communities. Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) volunteers serve in local nonprofit and public organizations, including schools, libraries, health care facilities and law enforcement agencies. Foster Grandparent volunteers make a difference in the lives of children in schools, hospitals, drug treatment centers, correctional institutions and child care centers. Senior Companion volunteers help adults who have difficulty with daily tasks maintain their independence. For more information about the Senior Corps, please click here.

AmeriCorps VISTA members work to bring individuals and communities out of poverty. Members work at nonprofit and public agencies to fight illiteracy, improve health services, reduce unemployment, increase housing opportunities and expand access to technology for those living in rural and urban areas of poverty across North Carolina. For more information about AmeriCorps VISTA, please click here.

National Direct

Some AmeriCorps programs are large and work in many states. These programs apply directly to the Corporation for National and Community Service for their grant.

National Direct Consultation Form