We are uniting America through service
We bridge divides by bringing people together: connecting individuals and organizations to help communities tackle their toughest challenges.
We provide resources and people power to organizations dedicated to the improvement of communities.
We enrich the lives of those we serve and those who serve.
We are the only federal agency for community service and volunteerism. We empower an entire ecosystem committed to the betterment of communities across America.
To improve lives, strengthen communities, and foster civic engagement through service and volunteering.
Making service to others a cornerstone of our national culture
The VISTA program is created
The Volunteers In Service To America (VISTA) program to help communities combat poverty
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
The NCCC program is created
The National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC) program is designed to help communities recover from disaster and other critical needs
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
Congress establishes MLK Day as a day of service
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."
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.
Americorps volunteers help New York address the devastation of 9/11
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.
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act adds 13,000 AmeriCorps members to the program in response to the economic downturn.
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.
The FEMA Corps program is launched to strengthen the nation’s ability to respond to disasters.
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.
AmeriCorps is 1M members strong
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.
25th Anniversary of AmeriCorps
AmeriCorps steps up to support communities impacted by COVID-19
Connecting individuals and organizations to help communities tackle their toughest challenges.
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.
members and volunteers engaged in COVID-19 emergency response
wellness checks conducted during COVID-19 pandemic
pounds of food collected and distributed during COVID-19 pandemic
The Opioid Crisis
What we do
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.Find out more
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.Find out more