AmeriCorps Overview

AmeriCorps, a federal program of the Corporation for National and Community Service, engages more than 80,000 Americans in intensive service each year at 21,600 unique sites including nonprofits, schools, public agencies, and community and faith-based groups across the country. 

AmeriCorps programs do more than move communities forward; they serve their members by creating jobs and providing pathways to opportunity for young people entering the workforce. AmeriCorps places thousands of young adults into intensive service positions where they learn valuable work skills, earn money for education, and develop an appreciation for citizenship. 

Serve Rhode Island, established in 1994 as Rhode Island's State Commission for National and Community Service, is responsible for:

  • Administering the annual AmeriCorps State grant process
  • Developing new AmeriCorps programs in Rhode Island
  • Providing training and technical assistance to AmeriCorps State programs and members
  • Monitoring the AmeriCorps State grant portfolio for Rhode Island
  • Convening AmeriCorps members for statewide events and national days of service

AmeriCorps makes an outsized impact on Rhode Island. RI ranks 6th among the states for per capita AmeriCorps participation, and Providence ranks 2nd in the nation among midsize cities (1). More than 6,900 Rhode Island residents have served more than 10 million hours in AmeriCorps and have qualified for Segal AmeriCorps Education Awards totaling more than $23,310,000 (CNCS). Sixty percent of AmeriCorps Rhode Island alumni continue to work in the state (RIDataHub).

AmeriCorps is one of many programs of the federal agency, the Corporation for National and Community Service. Click this link to learn more about the 2016-2017 State Profiles data and maps now on CNCS Open Data.