National Service in Colorado

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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 country. CNCS does this 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 organizations meet local needs.

AC Colorado logo no background.pngAmeriCorps is a network of national service programs, made up of three primary programs that each take a different approach to improving lives and fostering civic engagement. Members commit their time to address critical community needs like increasing academic achievement, mentoring youth, fighting poverty, sustaining national parks, preparing for disasters, and more. AmeriCorps offers a variety of service opportunities, from the classroom to the outdoors, and everything in between. Last year, AmeriCorps grants brought nearly $17,000,000 in federal funding to Colorado.

AmeriCorps pairs participants with nonprofits, public agencies, and faith-based and community organizations to help them tackle social challenges in Colorado. AmeriCorps participants (called members) dedicate a year of their lives to service for a small living allowance and an educational award 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 35,000 Colorado residents have served approximately 34 million hours and have earned education awards totaling $87,000,000.

AmeriCorps consists of three different branches of service. Click on each name below to learn more:

CNCS also oversees programs like Senior Corps, which taps the skills, talents, and experience of Americans age 55 and over to meet a wide range of community challenges. Last year, more than 4,700 Colorado seniors answered this call through Foster Grandparents, Senior Companions, and RSVP (Retired and Senior Volunteer Program) volunteers. Click here to learn more about CNCS.


COllaboration

Colorado is uniquely situated in having the regional NCCC Campus, State Commission, and Corporation State Office all headquartered in the metro-Denver area.

This geographical proximity has fostered a strong spirit of collaboration (or COllaboration), which has led to unprecedented cross-stream communication, outreach, and program development.

Because of this strong cross-stream partnership, Colorado is able to strategically leverage its federal AmeriCorps funding to target underserved geographic areas of the state and address our most pressing issues.

Staff from all three types of AmeriCorps service attend annual strategic planning meetings and support program-specific events!