AmeriCorps – Making a Positive Change in Your Community

February 13, 2024

AmeriCorps participants serve in communities across the U.S. The program is often considered the “domestic Peace Corps. Each year, 75,000 members complete assignments in education, environmental protection, economic opportunity, health care, public safety, and disaster services at public agencies, schools, nonprofits, community- and faith-based organizations.

The Segal AmeriCorps Education Award (up to $6,495) provides a significant advantage in education expenses. The education award can be used to pay tuition or student loans. If AmeriCorps members have student loans while they are serving, AmeriCorps pays the interest. Members can choose to receive the education award or a post-service stipend. Other AmeriCorps benefits include:

A living allowance;

  • Relocation expenses if you serve more than 50 miles from your home
  • Limited healthcare benefits
  • Student-loan forbearance, deferment, or postponement
  • Service scholarships at nearly 200 universities
  • Training and work experience in an area of your interest
  • The opportunity to serve in your community or across the U.S. and expand your professional networks                                                                   
  • Job skills such as leadership, team building, and negotiation skills  
  • CPR, first aid, and disaster response training
  • Childcare assistance
  • One year of non-competitive eligibility for federal government jobs.

Over 4,000 volunteers participate in AmeriCorps programs in Oregon each year. Here is a current list of related volunteer opportunities in Oregon:

To learn more about AmeriCorps programs, go to

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