AmeriCorps is a network of national service programs, funded by the Corporation for National and Community Service that engages more than 75,000 Americans annually to meet educational, environmental, public safety or human service needs in nonprofits, public agencies and faith-based organization throughout the United States.
Since 1994, more than 19,000 North Carolina residents have served more than 27 million hours and have qualified for Segal AmeriCorps Education Awards totaling more than $60,940,000. Nationally, almost 1 million Americans have given more than 1.2 billion hours of service through AmeriCorps. More than $3 billion in Education Awards have helped defray college costs for the nearly 1 million Americans who have served. Members tutor and mentor school-aged youth, work with preschool children in childcare centers, build houses for low-to moderate-income homeowners, protect the environment, assist individuals with disabilities, educate others on disaster preparedness and provide North Carolinians with interpretation and translation services.
The Corporation for National and Community Service, based in Washington DC, administers AmeriCorps and many other federally funded service initiatives, including Senior Corps, which utilizes older Americans as volunteers.