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Become an AmeriCorps Member

Each year, more than 4,500 people choose to serve as AmeriCorps State, National, VISTA or NCCC members throughout Texas. No matter what type of service you are interested in providing, whether you want to serve full time or part time, there is an AmeriCorps program that is right for you! To learn more, scroll below or visit the AmeriCorps Fit Finder to find the best AmeriCorps program for you.

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AmeriCorps State and National

AmeriCorps State and National members serve either in groups or individually at local community-based private and public organizations such as nonprofits, faith-based organizations, schools and universities, public agencies, and Native American tribes. Members solve problems primarily through direct service activities. Service areas include education, economic opportunity, disaster services, healthy futures, environmental stewardship and veterans and military families.

  • Examples of member service activities include mentoring, tutoring, adult literacy, food security, assisting low-income families and individuals with basic needs, disaster response and recovery, and recruiting community volunteers.

Eligibility:

  • Must be at least 17 years old, but there is no upper age limit.
  • Must be a U.S. citizen, U.S. national or lawful permanent resident alien of the U.S.
  • If you do not have a high school diploma or GED at the time you begin AmeriCorps service, you must agree to work towards this while serving and obtain your diploma or GED prior to claiming your education award.
  • Background checks are conducted.

Term of Service:

  • AmeriCorps State members serve full-time or part-time over a period of up to 12 months, depending on their program model.
  • Full-time and part time service opportunities are available.

     

    • Full-time members must complete a minimum total of 1700 hours
    • Part-time members complete terms ranging from 300 to 900 hours

Benefits:

  • All full-time and most part-time service opportunities provide a modest living allowance.
  • In most cases, members are responsible for covering their own housing and meal expenses.
  • Upon successful completion of service, full-time members receive a $5,550 education award (an amount equal to the Pell grant). Part-time members receive a prorated education award based on the successful completion of their term of service. Awards can be used to help pay for college, graduate school, or to pay back qualified student loans.
  • Members may qualify for a forbearance (or postponement of repayment) of their student loans during their term of service.
  • Full-time members receive health care coverage and may qualify for child-care assistance.

When to Apply:

  • Application deadlines are determined by each individual program, but for the most part can be accepted year-round.

Ready to serve in AmeriCorps State or National?  

  • Start your application today or contact a program that interests you by reaching out directly for information about programs that may have available positions using the list of current Texas Programs.

AmeriCorps VISTA

AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteers In Service To America) members serve through private organizations and public nonprofit agencies, addressing issues related to poverty – such as education, public safety, housing, civil rights, and employment – by developing and mobilizing resources that create long-term sustainable benefits at a community level. VISTA members focus on capacity-building opportunities such as raising funds, recruiting volunteers, and designing sustainable programs.

Eligibility:

  • Must be at least 18 years old, but there is no upper age limit.
  • Must be a U.S. citizen, U.S. national or lawful permanent resident alien of the U.S.
  • Background checks are conducted.

Term of Service:

  • Full-time one year (365 days). Occasional part-time opportunities available during the summer called summer associates.

Benefits:

  • A modest living allowance is paid biweekly.
  • In most cases, members are responsible for covering their own housing and meal expenses.
  • Upon successful completion of service, members have a choice to receive a $5,550 education award (an amount equal to the Pell grant) to help pay for college, graduate school, or to pay back qualified student loans. VISTA members also have the option to take a $1,500 cash stipend instead of the education award.
  • Members may qualify for a forbearance (or postponement of repayment) of their student loans during their term of service.
  • Full-time members receive health care coverage and may qualify for child-care assistance. Members have the option of purchasing life insurance.

When to Apply:

  • Applications are accepted year-round.

Ready to join AmeriCorps VISTA?

  • Start searching for positions and applying immediately through the AmeriCorps website.
  • VISTA placement sites are coordinated by the Corporation for National and Community Service’s Texas Office. Contact them for more information by calling 512-391-2940 or emailing tx@cns.gov.

AmeriCorps NCCC

AmeriCorps NCCC (National Civilian Community Corps) members live communally and travel throughout one of five regions of the country, serving in teams to meet community needs in the areas of natural and other disasters, infrastructure improvement, environmental stewardship, conservation, energy conservation, and urban and rural development. Projects consist of hands-on service with nonprofit organizations, state and local agencies, and other community and faith-based groups. Projects generally last 6 – 8 weeks; each service year may consist of 4 – 8 projects. 

Eligibility:

  • Must be 18 to 24 years old. The team leader position has no maximum age requirement.
  • Must be a U.S. citizen, U.S. national or lawful permanent resident alien of the U.S.
  • Background checks are conducted.

Term of Service:

  • Full-time for 10 months (corps member) and 11 months (team leader). No part-time service opportunities are available.

Benefits:

  • A modest living allowance is paid biweekly. The total amount is $4,000 for corps members and $12,500 for team leaders.
  • Members are provided with housing and meals and live in residence hall style housing while on one of five campuses. Housing on projects is provided; accommodations may vary. 
  • Upon successful completion of service, full-time members receive a $5,550 education award (an amount equal to the Pell grant) to help pay for college, graduate school, or to pay back qualified student loans.
  • Members may qualify for a forbearance (or postponement of repayment) of their student loans during their term of service.
  • Full-time members receive health care coverage and may qualify for child-care assistance. Children are not allowed to reside on campus or on projects with members.

When to Apply:

  • Corps member application deadlines: April 1 (summer/fall start) and October 1 (winter start).
  • Team leader application deadlines: March 1 (summer/fall start) and September 1 (winter start).

Ready to join AmeriCorps NCCC?

In Texas, Everyone Can Serve!

OneStar Foundation’s disability inclusion efforts aim to increase the number of people with disabilities serving as AmeriCorps members and volunteers across the state. OneStar Foundation encourages partnerships between the disability and service/volunteering fields to broker service and volunteer placements for people with disabilities across Texas. Through this collaboration, AmeriCorps programs, volunteer centers, and the disability inclusion field continue to build relationships and strategies that will result in the integration of inclusion into service and volunteer recruitment and management.

OneStar Foundation strives to ensure that all Texans, including persons with disabilities, are empowered to serve.