What is AmeriCorps and what are the benefits to being a member?
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.
AmeriCorps Members serving in Urban League of Essex County smile brightly outside the Mercer County Community College Conference Center after a full day of learning about career opportunities during our Annual Career Day in March.
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
CHANGING THE WORLD!
Our distinguished panel for Career Day included, from left to right, Darrin S. Shariff, Chief Administrative Officer for the Urban League of Essex County, Judy Lieberman, Esq., Administrator, Governor’s Office of Volunteerism, Dennis Robinson, Chief of Staff to Lt. Governor Guadagno, Michael C. Laracy, Director of Policy Reform and Advocacy at the Annie E. Casey Foundation and Colonel Dale B. Rivers, Command Inspector General, 99th Regional Support Command, Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, NJ.
Who is eligible to serve?
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."
New Jersey AmeriCorps Programs
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's)