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 26 AmeriCorps programs across the state with approximately 1,700 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 1,700 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 www.americorps.org or contact the National Recruitment Hotline at 1-800-942-2677 (voice) or 1-800-833-3722 (TTY).