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AmeriCorps in Pennsylvania

Find information about AmeriCorps and how to participate in Pennsylvania.

What is AmeriCorps? Who can serve?
AmeriCorps State Programs

What is AmeriCorps?

AmeriCorps Pennsylvania members working on a planting project 

AmeriCorps is the national service program that provides thousands of Americans of all ages and backgrounds with education awards in exchange for a year or two of community service. Members tackle Pennsylvania communities' toughest challenges. In addition to training hundreds of new volunteers, members tutor and mentor high risk youth; organize neighborhood watch organizations; assist crime victims; help build affordable housing; help seniors live independently; clean up rivers and streams; and provide emergency and long term assistance to victims of natural disasters.

Who can serve?

 

Any United States citizen age 17 or above may become an AmeriCorps member. Members sign up for "terms of service," which range anywhere from full-time (1700 hours served in a year) to minimum time (300 hours served in a year). Full-time members receive a modest living stipend ($12,100 to $24,200). All AmeriCorps members who satisfactorily complete their term of service receive an education award (up to $5,730) that can be used towards education costs, including paying off existing student loans and paying tuition at higher education institutions.

AmeriCorps Pennsylvania members working on a planting project 

AmeriCorps State Programs

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ALLEGHENY COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES - KEYS SERVICE CORPS

Allegheny County Department of Human Services, KEYS Service Corps AmeriCorps program will have 133 AmeriCorps members who will tutor, mentor, and implement service projects in Allegheny, Beaver, Washington, and Westmoreland counties. At the end of the program year, the AmeriCorps members will be responsible for improving the completion rate of targeted youth's classwork and/or homework; improving academic performance in literacy and/or math; improving identified life skills for targeted youth through mentoring; and engaging youth in service to their communities. In addition, the AmeriCorps members will leverage an additional 650 volunteers who will be engaged in service projects to improve local communities. (Allegheny County)

Helen Wachter, Program Coordinator
Human Service Building
1 Smithfield Street, 1st Floor
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

Phone: (412) 350-5227
Fax: (412) 350-2729
Email: Helen.Wachter@alleghenycounty.us
Website: www.keysservicecorps.org

Aaron Gray-(412) 350-3344; Aaron.Gray@alleghenycounty.us

APPALACHIA INTERMEDIATE UNIT 8 - PENNSYLVANIA MOUNTAIN SERVICE CORPS

Appalachia Intermediate Unit 8- Pennsylvania Mountain Service Corps (PMSC) AmeriCorps program will have 130 AmeriCorps members who will improve academic engagement for K-12 students in rural or economically distressed school districts through tutoring and mentoring and other educational programming; improve infrastructures that support healthy eco-systems and watersheds; provide public awareness and outreach on local environmental issues; and support non-profit organizational growth throughout the Appalachian region of South-West and South-Central Pennsylvania. (Armstrong, Bedford, Blair, Cambria, Centre, Clearfield, Fayette, Franklin, Fulton, Greene, Huntingdon, Indiana, Somerset, Washington, and Westmoreland Counties)

Carol Overly, Program Manager
119 Park Street
Ebensburg, PA 15931

Phone: (814) 472-7690
Fax: (814) 472-5033
Email: pmsc@pmsc.org
Website: www.pmsc.org

Rhonda Branick-(814) 472-7690 ext. 2305; rbranick@iu8.org

BETTER TOMORROWS

Better Tomorrows will have 10 full-time AmeriCorps members who will provide social support and facilitate social interaction for low-income senior residents of affordable housing communities at five service sites in Pennsylvania, with the goal of improving the social connectedness of seniors in these locations so that they remain healthy and able to age in place. At the end of the first project year, the AmeriCorps members will be responsible for 300 low-income seniors having received independent living services in the form of individual companionship support, and for 225 low-income seniors receiving increased social support and feeling more socially connected. In addition, the AmeriCorps members will leverage an additional 20 volunteers who will be engaged in supporting social events for the seniors served and facilitating group interactions such as exercise classes. (Philadelphia, Hatboro, Montgomery, Warminster, Bucks, Lehighton, and Carbon Counties)

Sung Kim, Program Director
3 East Stow Road
Marlton, NJ 08053

Phone: (856) 452-0324
Email: sung.kim@bettertomorrows.org
Website: http://www.bettertomorrows.org/

Michael Schultz-(215) 990-0979; michael.schultz@bettertomorrows.org

BUTLER MEMORIAL HOSPITAL FAMILY SERVICES - FAMILY SERVICE CORPS/AMERICORPS

Family Service Corps will have 20 half-time members and 11 minimum-time AmeriCorps members that include 10 veterans and those with disabilities. These members, who are in need of economic opportunity, will be placed with nonprofit and faith-based agencies in Butler and Lawrence Counties in rural Pennsylvania to help citizens in need of food, housing, mentoring, and summer children's programming. These agencies include the Center for Community Resources, Catholic Charities, Grapevine, Recovery Project, and Lawrence County Community Action Partners. At the end of the term of service, Family Service Corps will have enrolled previously unemployed members who will have served 3500 citizens in need of food, clothing, and housing. They will have leveraged 250 volunteers for service projects and for their specific sites. (Butler County)

Matthew McConnell, FSC Coordinator-AmeriCorps
216 North Washington Street
Butler, PA 16001

Phone: (724) 284-6289
Fax: (724) 283-8080
Email: matthew.mcconnell@butlerhealthsystem.org
Website: www.butlerhealthsystem.org

Ruthane Durso-(724) 284-6289; ruthane.durso@butlerhealthsystem.org

CITY YEAR, INC. - CITY YEAR GREATER PHILADELPHIA

City Year Greater Philadelphia will have 205 full-time AmeriCorps members who will provide academic services that support students in staying in school and on track to graduation in 16 Philadelphia public schools. At the end of the year, the AmeriCorps members will be responsible for providing in-class and school climate support to benefit 4,500 students and targeted tutoring and mentoring to 1,305 students that improves 755 drop out risk indicators in attendance, English, and/or math. In addition, the AmeriCorps members will leverage 1,900 volunteers that will be engaged in periodic physical service projects to benefit partner schools. (Philadelphia)

Darryl Bundridge, Executive Director and Vice President
211 N. 13th Street
Philadelphia PA 19107

Phone: (267) 471-6191
Fax: (215) 988-2163
Email: dbundrige@cityyear.org
Website: www.cityyear.org

Virgil Sheppard-(267) 283-6661; vsheppard@cityyear.org

COMMUNITIES IN SCHOOLS OF PHILADELPHIA - DIGITAL SERVICE FELLOWS

Communities in Schools of Philadelphia AmeriCorps Program will engage 24 Digital Service Fellows AmeriCorps members to address Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) and Digital Inclusion issues in urban communities, particularly in School District of Philadelphia public schools. At the end of the year, members will have provided STEM instruction to 150 students; provided technology support to 200 district schools; and each member will have attained at least one industry standard certification in a technology related field. (Philadelphia)

Dawn McCray
Communities In Schools of Philadelphia, Inc.
Urban Technology Project
550 N. Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19130

Phone: (215) 299-4680
Fax: (267) 330-0164
Email: dmccray@cisphl.org
Website: www.cisphl.org

GREATER PITTSBURGH LITERACY COUNCIL – COMPASS AMERICORPS

Greater Pittsburgh Literacy Council’s Compass AmeriCorps will have 25 AmeriCorps members who will provide job placement and health care services to diverse populations in Allegheny County, with a focus on refugees, immigrants, and internationals. At the end of the program year, the AmeriCorps members will be responsible for placing 100 economically disadvantaged individuals in jobs and enabling 250 clients to attend a medical appointment for the first time. In addition, the AmeriCorps members will leverage an additional 50 volunteers from their pool of students and clients who will be engaged in local community service projects. (Allegheny County)

Julie Walker, Program Manager
411 Seventh Avenue, Suite 550
Pittsburgh, PA 15219

Phone: (412) 393-7622
Fax: (412) 393-7627
Email: jwalker@gplc.org
Website: http://gplc.org

Lori Como-(412) 393-7640; lcomo@gplc.org

KEYSTONE SMILES COMMUNITY LEARNING CENTER, INC. - KEYSTONE SMILES AMERICORPS

Keystone SMILES AmeriCorps will have 109 AmeriCorps members who will provide expanded learning activities including focused academic assistance, mentoring, and service learning projects in 70 school buildings and 16 satellite sites. At the end of the program year, the AmeriCorps members will have been responsible for increasing the academic engagement of 8,280 students. In addition, AmeriCorps members will leverage an additional 6,000 volunteers who will engage in service-learning projects, focused academic assistance, mentoring, and National Service Day events. (Allegheny, Beaver, Clarion, Clearfield, Elk, Erie, Forest, Jefferson, Lawrence, McKean, Mercer and Venango Counties)

Joyce Fosdick, Executive Director
525 Main Street
P.O. Box 352
Knox, PA 16232

Phone: (814) 797-1184 or (814) 797-2127
Fax: (814) 797-5439
Email: jfosdick@smilesamericorps.org
Website: www.keystonesmiles.org

Amy Anderson-(814) 797-1184; aanderson@smilesamericorps.org

LYCOMING-CLINTON COUNTIES COMMISSION FOR COMMUNITY ACTION, (STEP) INC. - COMMUNITY CONNECT AMERICORPS PROGRAM

Lycoming-Clinton Counties Commission for Community Action (STEP), Inc. will have 36 AmeriCorps members who will support schools and local non-profit organizations in Lycoming and Clinton Counties. At the end of the program year, the AmeriCorps members will be responsible for participating and completing experiential job skills and job readiness training to eventually secure employment while AmeriCorps members increase capacity at their service sites. In addition, the AmeriCorps members will leverage an additional 200 volunteers who will be engaged in national service days and local service projects. (Lycoming, Clinton, and Tioga Counties)

Emily Gale, Program Manager
2138 Lincoln Street
Williamsport, PA 17701

Phone: (570) 326-0587
Fax: (570) 322-2197
Email: esgale@stepcorp.org
Website: www.stepcorp.org

Rachelle Abbott-(570) 601-9501; raabbott@stepcorp.org

OLIVET BOYS & GIRLS CLUB

Olivet Boys and Girls Club’s Olivet Community Builders AmeriCorps Program will implement two cohorts of 30 AmeriCorps members who will improve the lives of 500 economically disadvantaged urban youth (K-8) living in Reading, Pennsylvania. At the end of the program year, the AmeriCorps members will be responsible for closing the achievement gap by having 70% of participants’ increase literacy and math scores, 80% demonstrate improvements in attendance, 50% of formerly unemployed members secure employment, and 50% of member will complete at least one college course. (Berks and Montgomery Counties)

Pablo Tejada, Director
1161 Pershing Blvd.
Reading, PA 19611

Phone: (610) 373-1314 ext 208
Fax: (610) 373-8815
Email: Pablo.tejada@olivetbgc.org
Website: www.olivetbgc.org

Rhonda Hudak-(610) 373-1314 ext 208; rhonda.mauk-hudak@olivetbgc.org

PHILADELPHIA HIGHER EDUCATION NETWORK FOR NEIGHBORHOOD DEVELOPMENT (PHENND) NEXT STEPS AMERICORPS

Next Steps AmeriCorps-PHENND Program will enroll 75 AmeriCorps members who will each mentor and train two first-year at-risk college students at eight selected college and universities. The targeted universities are known to traditionally accept a large number of Philadelphia public school graduates who are economically disadvantaged and at-risk of dropping out of college. The AmeriCorps members will also receive training in areas of particular importance to college persistence including financial literacy (e.g. basic budgeting, understanding financial aid, and managing debt) and self-efficacy (e.g. seeking out support). The members will then be responsible for turning around this training to their first-year mentees. (Berks, Cumberland, Delaware, Lancaster, Montgomery, and Philadelphia Counties)

Daisy Villa
3624 Market Street, Suite 5W
Philadelphia, PA 19104-2615

Phone: (215) 573-2379
Fax: (215) 573-5470
Email: villad@phennd.org
Website: http://www.phennd.org

Hillary Kane-(215) 573-2379; hillarya@phennd.org

PLAYWORKS PENNSYLVANIA

Playworks Pennsylvania AmeriCorps program will have 12 full-time AmeriCorps members who will provide a school-wide evidence-based program designed to utilize play to create supportive environments where all students feel safe, supported and fully engaged in low-income schools in Pennsylvania. At the end of the program year, the AmeriCorps members will be responsible for positively impacting the entire school environment and, thereby, creating a safe space for students to increase their overall academic engagement. In addition, the AmeriCorps members will leverage an additional 66 volunteers who will be engaged in assisting with components of the Playworks AmeriCorps program, including Community Engagement projects and other events. (Philadelphia)

Joseph Kelly – Program Director
1518 Walnut Street, Penthouse
Philadelphia, PA 19102

Phone: (267) 239-0507
Fax: (267) 895-2760
Email: jkelly@playworks.org
Website: www.playworks.org

Sharita Collins-(267) 979-4420; scollins@playworks.org

POWERCORPSPHL – CITY OF PHILADELPHIA/EDUCATIONWORKS

PowerCorpsPHL, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf and Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney's signature AmeriCorps initiative, will have 160 AmeriCorps members who will significantly impact the City of Philadelphia's environmental stewardship and youth workforce development goals. At the end of the program year, the AmeriCorps members will be responsible for revitalizing 1,300 acres of public land, planting 1,300 trees and diverting 80 tons of waste, 50% of which will be recycled. The Opportunity Youth serving as AmeriCorps members will leverage their service experience to transition successfully to post-secondary education, career track employment and/or an additional term of national service. Additionally, the AmeriCorps members will leverage an additional 1,000 community volunteers who will be engaged in projects that support PowerCorpsPHL’s overall sustainability goals. (Philadelphia)

Lisa Varon, Program Director
990 Spring Garden Street, Suite 601
Philadelphia, Pa 19107

Phone: (240) 593-3210 (cell)
EducationWorks Office: (215) 221-6900
Email: lisavaron@educationworks.org
Website: http://volunteer.phila.gov

Catie Wolfgang-(215) 439-4655; Catherine.Wolfgang@phila.gov

TEACH FOR AMERICA - GREATER PHILADELPHIA

Teach For America-Greater Philadelphia will have 144 AmeriCorps members who will teach in approximately 59 high-need schools within Greater Philadelphia. At the end of the program year, the AmeriCorps members will be responsible for significantly improving educational outcomes for over 12,551 students and begin their long-term impact on expanding educational opportunity for low income students. In addition, the AmeriCorps members will leverage an additional 175 volunteers who will support AmeriCorps members with lesson preparation and provide students with additional, individualized attention, further advancing academic outcomes. (Philadelphia)

Lisa Nwankwo-Manager, Grants and Public Partnerships
100 W. Oxford St., Suite E-3000
Philadelphia, PA 19122

Phone: (215) 592-9260 ext. 46174
Fax: (215) 425-9265
Email: Lisa.Nwankwo@teachforamerica.org
Website: www.teachforamerica.org

Susan Eliscu-(215) 592-9260 ext. 46172; Susan.Eliscu@teachforamerica.org

THE ARC OF PHILADELPHIA (PLANNING GRANT ONLY)

The Arc of Philadelphia, though a planning grant, will develop an AmeriCorps program to support and include individuals with disabilities.

Sabra Townsend-Adult Advocacy Director
2350 West Westmoreland Street
Philadelphia, PA 19140

Phone: (215) 229-4550 ext. 142
Fax: (215) 225-1330
Email: stownsend@arcphiladelphia.org
Website: www.arcphiladelphia.org

Lisa Johnson-(215) 229-4550 ext. 130; ljohnson@arcphiladelphia.org

UNION-SNYDER COMMUNITY ACTION AGENCY - CORE SUSQUEHANNA

CORE Susquehanna AmeriCorps will have 27 full-time and 11 quarter-time members who will serve through the consortium's nonprofit partner sites (community centers, organizations, schools) and also conduct community service projects in the counties of Union, Snyder, Northumberland, Montour, Mifflin, and Juniata. At the end of the program year, the AmeriCorps members will be responsible for at least 800 youth and adults receiving new or expanded services. At least 360 receiving intensive services will increase knowledge and/or skills to address challenges to education, healthy/safe development and/or functioning. AmeriCorps members will gain civic leadership development skills through training, site service, and service project organization, and will engage the community in at least six service projects that address local needs. In addition, the AmeriCorps members will leverage an additional 250 volunteers who will be engaged in the partner site service and/or community service projects. (Juniata, Mifflin, Montour, Northumberland, Snyder and Union Counties)

Dennis Huratiak, Program Director
713 Bridge Street, Suite 10
Selingsgrove, PA 17870

Phone: (570) 374-0181 ext. 125
Fax: (570) 374-6144
Email: dhuratiak@union-snydercaa.org
Website: www.coresusquehanna.org

Kelli Herbster-(570) 374-0181; kherbster@union-snydercaa.org

UP2US SPORTS-COACH ACROSS AMERICA

Up2Us Sports’ Coach Across America Program will have 20 AmeriCorps members, identified from their local communities, serve as coach-mentors to provide sports-based youth development mentoring in North and West Philadelphia. At the end of the program year, the AmeriCorps members will ensure that 1,800 youth have been engaged in physical activity to reduce obesity and avoid negative behaviors like violence. In addition, the AmeriCorps members will leverage an additional 240 volunteers who will be engaged in roles ranging from assistant coach to referee to event planner. This program will utilize physical activity to prevent childhood obesity; recruit young adults from economically disadvantaged backgrounds to be AmeriCorps members; and recruit returning military veterans to be AmeriCorps members). (Philadelphia)

Talya Greenblatt – Program Manager
3890 N. 10th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19140

Phone: (215) 605-3170
Email: tgreenblatt@up2us.org
Website: www.up2us.org

Isabel Pradas-(212) 563-3031; lpradas@up2ussports.org

PHILADELPHIA YOUTH FOR CHANGE CHARTER SCHOOL, INC. - YOUTHBUILD PHILADELPHIA TECHNOLOGY PROGRAM

YouthBuild Philadelphia Charter School will have 49 minimum-time AmeriCorps members who will be economically disadvantaged National Service participants, unemployed prior to their term of service in and three full-time members who are unemployed prior to their term of service. At the end of the program year, the AmeriCorps members will be responsible for 700 individuals receiving emergency food from food banks and food pantries. At the end of the program, 70% of AmeriCorps members who are enrolled as students will make a gain on the Test of Basic Education, 70% will earn a vocational certification and 70% will earn a high school diploma. In addition, our 52 AmeriCorps members will leverage an additional 50 volunteers that will be engaged in securing healthy futures for economically disadvantaged individuals. (Philadelphia)

Ameen Akbar, Director of Student Life
1231 North Broad Street, 5th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19122

Phone: (215) 627-8671 ext. 17
Fax: (215) 763-5774
Email: aakbar@youthbuildphilly.org
Website: www.youthbuildphilly.org

Tanza Pugliese-(267) 443-7537; tpugliese@youthbuildphilly.org