is commonly referred to as the domestic Peace Corps. Individuals who sign up perform voluntary service in communities across the United States – including here in Iowa. Each year, more than 75,000 individuals enroll in programs through local, state, and national agencies that are part of the AmeriCorps service network and address our country’s critical needs in education, economic opportunity, health, and the environment. AmeriCorps members serve in a variety of ways, from directly interacting with clients to mobilizing community volunteers to building organizational capacity.
Individuals may serve full-time or part-time and earn a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award to pay for college, graduate school, or to pay back qualified student loans. The maximum amount of the education award changes each year and is equal to the maximum Pell Grant. Some AmeriCorps members may receive a modest living allowance during their term of service, and they may be eligible for additional benefits, such as health care and child care assistance.
There are three branches of AmeriCorps service programs:
Note: Each program has slightly different eligibility requirements and terms of service. Visit the “Join AmeriCorps” page to find out more.