Our legs, heart and soul
Between 2005 — when our first AmeriCorps team joined us — and 2016 our members performed more than 550,000 hours of service in urban neighborhoods. In those hours, they read thousands of books to young children, recruited and supported hundreds of families in our Empowering Families program in the public schools, and assisted in dozens of early-care settings, including some of the state’s Pre-K classrooms.
Our AmeriCorps team was highly diverse in terms of age, ethnicity, and academic and professional background. More than a third of each group typically included members serving a second, third or even fourth year with us.
The program, chiefly funded by the Corporation for National and Community Service through Serve Rhode Island, ran from August through June. At the end of a year of service, members not only walked away with a wealth of skills and experience, but also a $5,775 educational award. In 2016 they received an annual living allowance of $12,530.
AmeriCorps engages more than 75,000 members in intensive service annually to serve through nonprofit, faith-based, and community organizations at 25,000 locations across the country. These members help communities tackle pressing problems while mobilizing millions of volunteers for the organizations they serve. Since 1994, more than 900,000 Americans have provided more than 1.2 billion hours of service to their communities and country through AmeriCorps.
AmeriCorps is a program of the Corporation for National and Community Service, a federal agency that engages more than 5 million Americans in service through its AmeriCorps, Senior Corps, Social Innovation Fund, and Volunteer Generation Fund programs, and leads the President’s national call to service initiative, United We Serve.
For more information, visit NationalService.gov/AmeriCorps.