National Service / AmeriCorps


AmeriCorps often described as "the domestic Peace Corps", is a national service program that involves people in "getting things done" in local communities. The program develops a lifelong ethic of service among the Members who serve. The Serve Illinois Commission funds 40 AmeriCorps programs across the state with approximately 1,800 AmeriCorps Member positions.

  • AmeriCorps Members provide a variety of services as determined by local needs, including tutoring and mentoring youth, teaching health education classes, and leading community volunteers in service.
  • Full-time AmeriCorps Members provide 1,600 hours of service during a year. Less than full-time Member positions are also available at some programs.
  • Full-time AmeriCorps Members receive a small living stipend while serving. Living stipends may also be available for less than full-time Members.
  • Upon completion of their service, Members receive an Education Award that can be used to pay qualified student loans or attend an institution of higher education.
  • Full-time members are also eligible for health care and, if income eligible, child care benefits.

Individuals interested in becoming AmeriCorps Members should visit or contact the National Recruitment Hotline at 1-800-942-2677 (voice) or 1-800-833-3722 (TTY).

AmeriCorps Resources

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