What is AmeriCorps?
AmeriCorps (pronounced Americore) is a network of national service programs that engage 75,000 Americans each year in intensive service to meet critical needs in education, public safety, health, the environment, and homeland security. AmeriCorps members serve through more than 2,100 public agencies, faith-based and non-profit organizations. Across the nation, they tutor and mentor youth, build affordable housing, teach computer skills, clean parks and streams, run after-school programs, and help communities respond to disasters. Created in 1993, AmeriCorps is a part of the Corporation for National and Community Services, which also oversees Senior Corps and Learn and Serve America. Together these programs engage more than 2 million Americans of all ages and backgrounds in service each year.
Since 1994, more than 500,000 men and women have served in AmeriCorps, providing assistance to millions of Americans. AmeriCorps provides trained, dedicated people to help non-profit organizations accomplish more and make more effective use of volunteers. President Bush has asked AmeriCorps to expand its work in public safety, public health, and disaster relief to assist in homeland security. The President has also proposed expanding AmeriCorps as part of his USA Freedom Corps initiative.