AmeriCorps in Pennsylvania
What is AmeriCorps?
Across the country, AmeriCorps engages more than 80,000 Americans in intensive service each year at nonprofits, schools, public agencies, and community and faith-based groups. AmeriCorps produces a triple-bottom line return investment, for those who serve, those who are served, and for Pennsylvania’s communities. AmeriCorps programs across the Commonwealth increase student literacy, distribute food, improve public lands, and more.
AmeriCorps programs do more than move communities forward; they serve their members by creating jobs and providing pathways to opportunity for young people entering the workforce. AmeriCorps places thousands of adults into intensive service positions where they learn valuable work skills, earn money for education, and develop an appreciation for citizenship.
AmeriCorps State & National
AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC) members travel the country strengthening communities and developing leadership skills on diverse teams. Members serve full-time for 10 months to address community needs and respond to disasters. AmeriCorps NCCC is comprised of two distinct service tracks: Traditional Corps and FEMA Corps.
AmeriCorps State and National supports a wide range of local service programs that engage thousands of Americans in intensive community service each year. Each AmeriCorps State and National program utilizes CNCS funding to recruit, place, and supervise AmeriCorps members nationwide. PennSERVE provides AmeriCorps State Funding.
AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteers In Service To America) members are committed to bringing individuals and communities out of poverty. Members make a year-long, full-time commitment to serve on a specific project. They on building the organizational, administrative, and financial capacity of organizations that fight illiteracy, improve health services, foster economic development, and otherwise assist low-income communities.
Who can serve?
Any United States citizens or legal permanent resident, age 17 or above may become an AmeriCorps member. Members will agree to “terms of service,” ranging from full-time (1,700 hours served in a year) to minimum time (300 hours served in a year). Benefits for AmeriCorps members include a modest living allowance ($14,279-$28,558 for full-time) and an education award (up to $6,195) that can be used for tuition at higher education institutions or to pay off qualified existing student loans.
Ready to serve?
AmeriCorps State Program Directory for a list of AmeriCorps programs supported by PennSERVE. You can also visit
My AmeriCorps directly to search for open positions or
click here for a snapshot of benefits, required qualifications, and application deadlines for many AmeriCorps programs across Pennsylvania!
Thank you for serving as an AmeriCorps member!
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Check out our guide to
Volunteering and Community Service in the Commonwealth for ways to search for volunteer opportunities where you live.