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Much like its international variant, the Peace Corps, AmeriCorps recruits volunteers from across the country to help support education, clean up parks and streams, keep neighborhoods safe and increase awareness of public health issues. Dispatching 75,000 volunteers a year, AmeriCorps partners with groups including the Georgia Sea Turtle Center, Hands On Atlanta and Jumpstart. From rebuilding houses after natural disasters to promoting literacy, program volunteers lend their time and talents to better communities.
Established in the early 1990s, AmeriCorps offers 3 programs for volunteers from a variety of ages and backgrounds. While AmeriCorps State and National, the largest of the programs, gives you many options for volunteerism, AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) focuses primarily on fighting poverty. If you apply to either of these programs, you’ll generally commit to one full year of service. Geared to young adults between the ages of 18 and 24, AmeriCorps NCCC (National Civilian Community Corp) places volunteers at one of five campuses around the country, and over the course of 10 months, these volunteers form teams and take on various service projects.
Photo Courtesy Corporation for National and Community Service