AmeriCorps California

California faces profound and enduring challenges. Put your values into action to make a difference where the need is greatest. Join AmeriCorps, where members use their compassion, determination, and creativity to help strengthen communities across the state.

AmeriCorps California

California faces profound and enduring challenges. Put your values into action to make a difference where the need is greatest. Join AmeriCorps, where members use their compassion, determination, and creativity to help strengthen communities across the state.

AmeriCorps California

California faces profound and enduring challenges. Put your values into action to make a difference where the need is greatest. Join AmeriCorps, where members use their compassion, determination, and creativity to help strengthen communities across the state.

AmeriCorps California

California faces profound and enduring challenges. Put your values into action to make a difference where the need is greatest. Join AmeriCorps, where members use their compassion, determination, and creativity to help strengthen communities across the state.

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We bridge divides by bringing people together: connecting individuals and organizations to help communities tackle their toughest challenges.

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About AmeriCorps

AmeriCorps’ mission is to improve lives, strengthen communities, and foster civic engagement through service and volunteering.

America was founded on the promise of opportunity — the opportunity for every individual to succeed. When Californians come together to build stronger communities and improve lives, we help make this promise a reality. In times of adversity, we find the courage to unite and overcome our challenges, together. It’s what AmeriCorps is built for: bringing Americans together, working alongside one another to ensure everyone gets the help they need and the opportunities they deserve. AmeriCorps is your chance to be a part of something bigger.

What does AmeriCorps look like in California?

California Volunteers, Office of the Governor is the state office tasked with engaging Californians in service, volunteering, and civic action to tackle our state’s most pressing challenges.  California Volunteers is the state commission for AmeriCorps and leverages nearly $82 million in public and private funding to support AmeriCorps programs operating in California.

Nationally, there are approximately 64,000 AmeriCorps State and National members serving a year. California Volunteers has the largest AmeriCorps State program. As an AmeriCorps member serving in California, you will be part of a network of over 4,500 members providing intensive service at AmeriCorps programs in over 1,000 locations, including schools, nonprofits, public agencies, and community centers across the state.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the requirements to serve?

Most programs look for people with a passion for service and do not require specific skills. Some programs list desired skills or look for applicants with specific education, volunteer, or job experience.

Do I Get Paid?

Members receive biweekly or monthly living stipends. Stipend amounts will look different depending on where you choose to serve.

Will I Get Training Before I Start?

Yes, all members receive training at the beginning of their service, as well as project-specific training during service.

Can I Defer Student Loans During My Service With AmeriCorps?

Members may qualify for postponement, or forbearance, of the repayment of their loans during service. The education award will help you pay off qualified student loans when you’re finished. You may also qualify to have the interest accrued on your student loans during service paid for by the National Service Trust. Contact your lender for more specific information or to confirm your loan status during AmeriCorps service. For more information, please visit our Education Award page.

How Long Are The Assignments, And Are They All Full-Time?

The time commitment varies depending on the needs of the program. Generally, the service commitment can be from three months, e.g., a summer program, up to one year. Many terms of service are full-time, but there are also part-time service opportunities available.

Can you explain the different type of AmeriCorps programs?

AmeriCorps State and National: AmeriCorps State and National supports a broad range of local service programs that engage thousands of Americans in intensive service to meet critical community needs. Learn more about AmeriCorps State and National https://americorps.gov/serve/fit-finder/americorps-state-national

AmeriCorps VISTA: AmeriCorps VISTA provides full-time members to community organizations and public agencies to create and expand programs that build capacity and ultimately bring low-income individuals and communities out of poverty. Learn more about AmeriCorps VISTA https://americorps.gov/serve/fit-finder/americorps-vista

AmeriCorps NCCC: The AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps is a full-time residential program for men and women, ages 18-24, that strengthens communities while developing leaders through direct, team-based national and community service. Learn more about AmeriCorps NCCC https://americorps.gov/serve/fit-finder/americorps-nccc

Can I Serve If I'm Not A U.S. Citizen?

For AmeriCorps State and National and AmeriCorps NCCC you must be a U.S. citizen, U.S. national, or legal permanent resident alien of the United States to be an AmeriCorps member. For AmeriCorps VISTA, you must have one of the following citizenship statuses: U.S. Citizens, U.S. Nationals, Lawful Permanent Resident Aliens, or persons legally residing in a state that have the following legal residency classifications: refugee, asylum or asylee, temporary protected status or deferred action for childhood arrivals (DACA) status. By law, only VISTA members who are either U.S. Citizens, U.S. Nationals, or Lawful Permanent Resident Aliens—sometimes referred to as “Lawful Permanent Residents”—are eligible to receive an AmeriCorps Segal Education Award. All other members will receive an end of service cash stipend.

What are the requirements to serve?

Most programs look for people with a passion for service and do not require specific skills. Some programs list desired skills or look for applicants with specific education, volunteer, or job experience.

Is AmeriCorps Like Peace Corps?

Yes. AmeriCorps is often referred to as “the domestic Peace Corps.” Both agencies are committed to service, and both offer challenging and rewarding full-time opportunities. Peace Corps assignments are all overseas, and AmeriCorps members serve only in the US. While Peace Corps Volunteers serve for two years, a stint in AmeriCorps usually lasts 10 months to one year. (Some AmeriCorps projects also offer part-time opportunities, and some AmeriCorps members serve more than one term of service.)