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A quick overview of the AmeriCorps Program

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  • 1.Get Things Done for America The AmeriCorps Story

2. My AmeriCorps Story Add your own text or photos. 3. AmeriCorps Rooted in Americas Tradition of Service 1933: Civilian Conservation Corps 1961: Peace Corps 1964: VISTA 1993: The Corporation for National and Community Service and AmeriCorps 2009: Serve America Act 4. Corporation for National and Community Service & AmeriCorps The Corporation for National and Community Service is the federal agency that improves lives, strengthens communities, and fosters civic engagement through service and volunteering. The Corporation administers three main programs: Senior Corps: 450,000 Americans 55+ AmeriCorps: 85,000 members Learn and Serve America: 1.5 million students in service-learning 5. The Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act Signed into law April 21, 2009 Landmark legislation to expand service Expands AmeriCorps to 250,000 members by 2017 Priority focus on education, health, environment, veterans, and economic opportunity 6. AmeriCorps Fast Facts 637,000 AmeriCorps members since 1994 774 Million Hours served by AmeriCorps members $1.77 Billion Segal AmeriCorps Education Awards earned by AmeriCorps members 2.4 Million Volunteers mobilized by AmeriCorps members in 2009 3,300 Number of organizations served by AmeriCorps members $6.3 Billion AmeriCorps funds invested in nonprofit and community groups since 1994 7. AmeriCorps Today Meeting critical needs across America Teach and Tutor Mentor Youth Build homes Fight poverty Conserve the environment PROVIDE HEALTH SERVICES Respond to disasters MOBILIZE VOLUNTEERS Assist veterans Much, much more 8. AmeriCorps Today Three Programs AmeriCorps State/National AmeriCorps VISTA AmeriCorps NCCC 9. AmeriCorps State and National Largest branch of AmeriCorps About 77,000 members serve each year Members serve with more than 1,840 organizations Members address needs in education, environment, health, housing, disaster response and more Grantees include: national and local nonprofits, schools, and universities, public agencies, and Native American tribes Full-time and part-time opportunities 10. AmeriCorps VISTA AmeriCorps poverty-fighting arm Created in 1964 as part of War on Poverty 7,200 members serve each year VISTAs collaborate with low-income individuals and communities to fight poverty Focus on capacity building: raising funds, recruiting volunteers, and designing sustainable programs More than 1,300 project sponsors Full-time year-long service 11. AmeriCorps NCCC Team-based residential service Focus on disaster response, environment, housing, and youth Teams travel to projects in neighboring states Open to 18-24 year-olds 1,100 members serve each year Members live on 5 campuses: Sacramento, CA; Denver, CO; Vinton, IA; Perry Point, MD and Vicksburg, MS Full-time 10-month service 12. Youth, Seniors, and Others In Need benefit from the tutoring, mentoring, health, housing, and other services members provide. Communities benefit from having better schools, safer streets, more affordable housing, a cleaner environment, and more engaged citizens. Organizations gain from having more reach and impact: 92% of sponsoring groups say members helped increase how many people they served to a large or moderate extent. Members acquire leadership and career skills, earn money for college, and learn how to be active citizens. Who Benefits from AmeriCorps? We All Do 13. AmeriCorps Alumni Continuing Their Service and Commitment Longitudinal studies show AmeriCorps alums: are more connected to their communities continue to participate in community activities choose public service careers at higher levels than their peers 14. How AmeriCorps Members Help Community Organizations? AmeriCorps serves with 3,300 national, state, and local groups. AmeriCorps expand reach and impact through direct service or capacity building such as fundraising and volunteer recruitment. 15. Why Join AmeriCorps? To help others Career skills Adventure Benefits Serve my community 16. AmeriCorps Benefits include: Living allowance Health care Student loan deferment Training Segal AmeriCorps Education Award equal to the maximum amount of the Pell Grant that can be used to pay for college or pay back student loans. For 2010-2011, the amount is $5350 AmeriCorps Benefits 17. Interested In Joining AmeriCorps? Visit AmeriCorps.gov to learn more Think about how and where you want to serve Talk to AmeriCorps members and alums Find out what programs are recruiting Apply! 18. Corporation for National and Community Service & AmeriCorps How You Can Support AmeriCorps Donate goods and services Provide matching funds Volunteer alongside AmeriCorps Spread the word 19. For more information AmeriCorps website: AmeriCorps.gov MPCA Community HealthCorps: www.mpca.net/healthcorps.html

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