AmeriCorps, a United States-based organization, is—according to its official site—an opportunity to improve a person’s life as well as the lives of others. It is a way to utilize his capabilities and principles in helping people and addressing vital needs of the community.
Every year, the group caters 75,000 opportunities for adults of all ages and personal backgrounds to work through a network of affiliations with local and statewide nonprofits. Whether a person’s assistance promotes safety in a community, or provides a child the appropriate care he/she deserves, or aids in protecting the natural environment, AmeriCorps get things done efficiently.
Members of the organization meet the needs in communities all throughout the United States. As a registered member, individuals can provide these services:
• Teach underprivileged children
• Fight illiteracy
• Develop organizational capacity
• Help out communities respond to calamities
• Instruct learners with computer skills
• Supervise after-school activities
• Help clean streams and parks
As a member of the AmeriCorps, a person can earn more experience and skills as well as the fulfilling feeling of lending others a hand. Also, full-time members who complete their service gain a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award worth $4,725 to pay for graduate school, college, or to pay back approved student loans. For members who serve the group part-time, they can get a partial Award. Some of the AmeriCorps members can also get a modest living allowance while in their service.
AmeriCorps consists of three primary programs, namely AmeriCorps VISTA, AmeriCorps State and National, and AmeriCorps NCCC (National Civilian Community Corps.)
AmeriCorps VISTA has full-time members who serve community organizations and public groups to develop and expand programs, which establish capacity and deliver less-fortunate people and communities from poverty. AmeriCorps State and National, however, backs a wide array of local assistance initiatives that let numerous American citizens engage in intensive assistance to address community demands.
Finally, the AmeriCorps NCCC, a full-time residential initiative for women and men from ages 18-24, supports communities and at the same time enhance leaders through team-based national and community assistance.