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NJ Commission on National and
Community Service
P.O. Box 456
Trenton, NJ 08625

Tel: (609) 633-9627
Fax: (609) 777-2939

What is AmeriCorps and what are the benefits to being a member?

Americorps Logo Fondly referred to as the “Domestic Peace Corps”, AmeriCorps is a network of local, state, and national service programs that connects over 70,000 Americans each year in intensive service to meet community needs in education, the environment, public safety, health, and homeland security. AmeriCorps’ members serve with more than 2,000 non-profits, public agencies, and community organizations.

More than 8,100 people of all ages and backgrounds are helping to meet local needs, strengthen communities, and increase civic engagement through national service in New Jersey. Serving at more than 630 locations throughout the state, these citizens tutor and mentor children, support veterans and military families, provide health services, restore the environment, respond to disasters, increase economic opportunity, and recruit and manage volunteers.

Benefits include the following:

  • Building a close connection to your community
  • Making a difference in the lives of New Jersey citizens
  • Contributing to lasting change in the community where you serve
  • Earning money for college or to pay back past student loans
  • Building your resume
  • Making lifelong friends
  • Learning to be a leader
Governor Murphy Proclaims April 15 - April 21 as Volunteer Week
“The King Year: Reflection in Action”
“The King Year: Reflection in Action”

AmeriCorps members came together to recognize the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s assassination. The members were encouraged to continue their leadership in their communities by a powerful speech from the Secretary of State, Tahesha Way. A panel discussion on “How Dr. King’s Message Inspired My Journey of Service” highlighted the morning followed by workshop sessions on Conflict Resolution, King Year Calendar of Service, Poverty, and Oratory: Speak Up! Speak Out!

2018 MLK 50th Anniversary
This Week in AmeriCorps
Discover DEP

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This week (March 11-17) is AmeriCorps Week, which celebrates AmeriCorps members and alumni for their commitment to educating the public about the environment, stewardship, and the impact their work has around the state and nation. In fact, DEP’s own AmeriCorps New Jersey Watershed Ambassadors are celebrating throughout the state. In this week’s Discover DEP episode, Gladys Giron talks about AmeriCorps Week with Amanda Lotto, current AmeriCorps NJ Watershed Ambassador Program Manager and former Watershed Ambassador, Lauren Cromie, Ambassador for the Mullica River Watershed, and Isabella Castiglioni, Ambassador for the Rancocas Creek Watershed.

To learn more about AmeriCorps Week 2018, visit:

For more about the AmeriCorps New Jersey Watershed Ambassadors Program, visit:

To learn more about DEP’s Division of Water Monitoring and Standards program, visit:

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Listen to Discover DEP’s previous Watershed Ambassador Program episode here:

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2018 AmeriCorps Targeted Priority Grants
Efforts to help the people of Puerto Rico

AmeriCorps members from St. Paul’s Community Development Corporation in Paterson – 
        assisting at the National Guard West Orange Armory with donations for Puerto Rico.
AmeriCorps members from St. Paul’s Community Development Corporation in Paterson – assisting at the National Guard West Orange Armory with donations for Puerto Rico.

2017 AmeriCorps Launch

Each Fall, The New Jersey AmeriCorps Members come together to Launch their new AmeriCorps Year of Service. The event, hosted at Princeton Forrestal Marriott, engaged AmeriCorps Members with various service tools and techniques to help with their service including Restorative Justice, and shelter management.

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AmeriCorps Program Managers learn more about “How AmeriCorps Can Help” Addiction and Recovery from presenter Cathy Hartnett.

More Information about the Launch

Mandatory National Service Criminal History Check Requirements for all AmeriCorps programs

In order to participate in AmeriCorps/SeniorCorps programing and receive grant funds, all members, and covered personnel who are in the budget – either as funded by the grant or as a match, must undergo background screening. While federal regulations require different checks under various circumstances, the state commission has streamlined the process to make it easier for member organizations and ensure compliance. As such, all relevant individuals should proceed through the below step by step criminal history check list by following the instructions given.

Mandatory National Service Criminal History Check

Who is eligible to serve?
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New Jersey AmeriCorps members must meet all of the following qualifications:
U.S. Citizen, national or lawful permanent resident alien
At least 17 years old
Have a high school diploma, GED or commit to earning a GED while serving
Be able to serve a minimum of 300 hours to a maximum of 1,700 hours over one year

Which AmeriCorps program is right for me?

To determine which program is right for you, ask yourself a few questions:
What area of service is most interesting to me – children/youth, education, the environment, healthy futures, disaster preparedness, veterans, economic development or capacity building?
At what location would I like to do my term of service?
Do I want to serve full time, part time or less?

When asked why they serve, members responded as follows:

Paige: "I serve to reach out to our neighbors in need, I serve for kindness, I serve to better my community. I help to bring others together so we all can see the bigger picture in life that we often miss when living our daily lives."
Westin: "Why do I serve? I serve to give back. In this world, it's give and take. Everyone wants to take but then they don't want to give back. I look at the world differently than a lot of people and believe in the saying, you reap what you sow."
Zaquan: "I serve because it gives me a chance to give back, play my part and allows me to be a part of something positive in my city."