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AmeriCorps is a network of national service programs that gives people the chance to serve in locations across the country.
Serve Colorado administers AmeriCorps Colorado, which pairs members with nonprofits, public agencies and faith-based and community organizations to help them tackle social challenges. AmeriCorps members dedicate up to a year of their lives to service for a small stipend and an educational scholarship upon successful completion of their service. Over their year of service, AmeriCorps members gain valuable job skills, professional development, and personal growth.
AmeriCorps members serve on the front lines of education, the environment, public safety, emergency management, and other human needs, using the tremendous power of citizens as change agents in their communities. Since 1994, more than 31,000 Colorado residents have served more than 28 million hours and have qualified for Segal AmeriCorps Education Awards totaling more than $70,390,000.
Is a cost effective solution to America's toughest problems
Expands education and economic opportunity
Strengthens the impact of our nation’s nonprofits
The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) is the federal agency created to connect all Americans with an opportunity to serve their communities and their country, in partnership with state service commissions like Serve Colorado. AmeriCorps provides thousands of Americans of all ages and backgrounds with intensive full- and part-time opportunities to serve their communities and help grassroots organizations meet local needs.
There are three branches of AmeriCorps explained in greater detail below:
Serve Colorado – Governor's Commission on Community Service, under the Lieutenant Governor's Office, provides AmeriCorps State funding to organizations throughout Colorado in order to promote national service and volunteerism as sustainable solutions to Colorado’s growing and diverse needs.
AmeriCorps State programs support a variety of local service programs that engage hundreds of Coloradans in intensive service each year. Serve Colorado provides member positions and program operating cost grants to a network of local organizations and agencies committed to using national service to address critical community needs in education, public safety, health, and the environment.
Each of these organizations and agencies, in turn, uses their AmeriCorps funding to recruit, place, and supervise AmeriCorps members nationwide.
Serve Colorado administers 15 AmeriCorps State programs with nearly 800 members at over 350 service sites statewide addressing various community challenges. Click here to learn more about our AmeriCorps programs.
AmeriCorps NCCC (National Civilian Community Corps) strengthens communities and develops leaders through direct, team-based national and community service. In partnership with non-profits—secular and faith based—local municipalities, state governments, federal government, national and state parks, Indian tribes, and schools, members complete service projects throughout the region they are assigned.
AmeriCorps NCCC is a full-time, team-based residential program for men and women age 18-24. Members are assigned to one of five campuses — Denver, CO; Sacramento, CA; Baltimore, MD; Vicksburg, MS; and Vinton, IA.
Drawn from the successful models of the Civilian Conservation Corps of the 1930s and the U.S. military, AmeriCorps NCCC is built on the belief that civic responsibility is an inherent duty of all citizens and that national service programs work effectively with local communities to address pressing needs.
The Southwest Campus, housed in Denver, serves an eight state region which includes Colorado.
Visit NCCC Southwest Region’s Facebook page to learn more about their efforts.
Read more about NCCC here.
AmeriCorps VISTA members live and serve in some of our nation's poorest urban and rural areas. With passion, commitment, and hard work, they create or expand programs designed to bring individuals and communities out of poverty.
Each VISTA member makes a year-long, full-time commitment to serve on a specific project at a nonprofit organization or public agency. In return for their service, AmeriCorps VISTA members receive a modest living allowance and health benefits during their service, and have the option of receiving a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award or post-service stipend after completing their service. About 8,000 VISTAs are placed each year in more than 1,100 projects in low-income communities around the country. Read more about AmeriCorps VISTA here.
Colorado is uniquely situated in having the regional NCCC Campus, State Commission, and AmeriCorps State Office all headquartered in the Denver Metro area.
This geographical proximity has fostered a strong spirit of collaboration (or COllaboration as we like to refer to it here in CO), which has lead to unprecedented cross-stream communication, outreach, and program development.
Because of our strong cross-stream partnerships, Colorado is able to strategically leverage its federal AmeriCorps funding to target underserved geographic areas of the state, such as the San Luis Valley, and address our most pressing issues such as K-12 success and prescription/opioid abuse.
All three streams of service attend annual strategic planning meetings, support program specific events, and hike the annual National Service 14er!
To learn more about CNCS, the parent agency of AmeriCorps, click below.
Established in 1993, the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) is a federal agency that engages more than 5 million Americans in service through its core programs.
As the nation's largest grant maker for service and volunteering, CNCS plays a critical role in strengthening America's nonprofit sector and addressing our nation's challenges through service.
CNCS harnesses America's most powerful resource – the energy and talents of our citizens – to solve problems. We believe that everyone can make a difference and that all of us should try. From grade school through retirement, CNCS empowers Americans and fosters a lifetime of service. Read more about CNCS here.