Making service to others a cornerstone of our national culture

For decades, we have worked to make service to others an indispensable part of the American experience. Through our nation's most trying times, AmeriCorps has come together to help those in need.

The VISTA program is created

1964

The VISTA program is created

The Volunteers In Service To America (VISTA) program to help communities combat poverty

1973

The RSVP, Foster Grandparents, and Senior Companions programs are formed

The Domestic Volunteer Service Act of 1973 authorizes the creation of the Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP), as well as the Foster Grandparents and Senior Companions programs

1992

The NCCC program is created

The National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC) program is designed to help communities recover from disaster and other critical needs

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1993

AmeriCorps is created

AmeriCorps, then known as the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), is formed as the government agency for national and community service. AmeriCorps incorporates the VISTA and NCCC programs. AmeriCorps Seniors (then Senior Corps) is created and incorporates Foster Grandparents, RSVP, Senior Companions

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1994

Congress establishes MLK Day as a day of service

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1994

The first class of AmeriCorps

20,000 individuals across the country join the first class of AmeriCorps and take the pledge to "Get Things Done for America."

1996

The America Reads initiative is launched to address 3rd grade literacy

The Department of Education partners with AmeriCorps to put trained college students in classrooms to address 3rd grade literacy.

2001

Americorps volunteers help New York address the devastation of 9/11

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2005

AmeriCorps stands with New Orleans in the wake of Hurricane Katrina

After Hurricane Katrina devastated a wide swath of communities along the Gulf Coast, AmeriCorps programs begin a recovery response across the region that has continued for more than a decade. Over 40,000 national service participants served nearly 10 million hours and enrolled 650,000 volunteers in the 10 years following the disaster.

2009

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act adds 13,000 AmeriCorps members to the program in response to the economic downturn.

2009

First September 11th Day of Service and Remembrance held

Congress designates September 11th as a National Day of Service and Remembrance and charges AmeriCorps with helping to support this effort across the country.

2012

The FEMA Corps program is launched to strengthen the nation’s ability to respond to disasters.

2013

Making a commitment to STEM education.

In 2013, AmeriCorps creates a STEM AmeriCorps program to encourage thousands of students in science, technology, engineering, and math learning.

2016

AmeriCorps is 1M members strong

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2017

Combatting the opioid crisis

To help address the nation’s growing opioid crisis, AmeriCorps significantly increases its support of substance abuse prevention, education, and recovery programming by devoting $27.9 million to opioid-related grants and programming.

2019

25th Anniversary of AmeriCorps

2020

AmeriCorps steps up to support communities impacted by COVID-19

We are uniting America through service

We invite individuals to serve alongside each other for the betterment of every community.

Unite

We bridge divides by bringing people together: connecting individuals and organizations to help communities tackle their toughest challenges.

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270,000 members and volunteers in organizations dedicated to strenthening their community.

Strengthen

We provide resources and people power to organizations dedicated to the improvement of communities.

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We disperse more than $800 million in funding each year.

Impact

We enrich the lives of those we serve and those who serve.

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46% of AmeriCorps Seniors volunteers report improvements in health and wellbeing after just 1 year of service.

Lead

AmeriCorps is the only federal agency for community service and volunteerism. We empower an entire ecosystem committed to the betterment of communities across America.

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We have partnered with over 5,000 organizations committed to helping communities nationwide.

We focus on these key areas to make an impact

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Education

Our members and volunteers support students in nearly 12,000 public, private, and charter schools across the country. Through our work we improve attendance and engagement, increase high-school graduation rates and expand college enrollment.

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Economic Opportunity

Our programs serve as a pathway to employment opportunities and help develop vital work skills. We build and rehabilitate affordable housing, provide financial literacy training, and connect people to jobs.

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Disaster Response

When disaster strikes, we repair homes, assist survivors, and help restore communities when it matters most. We have deployed thousands of members and volunteers to areas affected by hurricanes, wildfires, floods, and tornadoes.

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Environmental Stewardship

We serve on projects that cover thousands of acres of public lands across America – including many with the National Park Service. We help conserve natural habitats, protect clean air and water, and reduce utility bills by improving home energy efficiency.

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Healthy Futures

We provide independent living services to 365,000 elderly Americans. We also build the capacity of food banks, combat the opioid crisis, tackle homelessness, and address food insecurity.

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Veterans & Military Families

We provide assistance to nearly 500,000 veterans and military families by connecting them to education opportunities, jobs, and the benefits they have earned. Many veterans also volunteer with us so they can continue to serve their country.

Connecting individuals and organizations to help communities tackle their toughest challenges.

AmeriCorps sends people power and funding to communities across the country. Disaster response, opioid crisis, education – these are just a few of the causes where AmeriCorps members and AmeriCorps Seniors volunteers have stepped up to strengthen their community.

Disaster Response

COVID-19

The challenges presented by the pandemic require solutions that are creative, flexible, and timely. Across the country, AmeriCorps members and AmeriCorps Seniors volunteers have risen to the occasion, answering the call to serve in new and innovative ways. Even in the face of adversity, our members and volunteers continue to improve lives, strengthen communities, and foster civic engagement.

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9.4k

members and volunteers engaged in COVID-19 emergency response

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100k+

wellness checks conducted during COVID-19 pandemic

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15.6m+

pounds of food collected and distributed during COVID-19 pandemic

Healthy Futures

The Opioid Crisis

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Disaster Response

Hurricane Harvey

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People

AmeriCorps is the only federal agency tasked with elevating service and volunteerism in America.

We are uniting America by bringing people together to serve communities. Our agency is made of a team of individuals from different backgrounds and experiences, working as one to strengthen communities in our country.
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Serve

Do you want to make an impact in your community and your country? AmeriCorps members and AmeriCorps Seniors volunteers serve with organizations to strengthen communities across our nation.

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Partner

In need of resources? AmeriCorps is here for you. Every year, we place more than $800 million in funding and more than 270,000 individuals with nonprofit, faith-based, and community organizations.

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