AmeriCorps in Oregon
AmeriCorps engages more than 75,000 Americans each year in intensive service to meet community needs in education, the environment, public safety and other areas of human need. In Oregon, more than 4,500 people of all ages and backgrounds meet local needs through AmeriCorps State and National, Senior Corps, NCCC and VISTA programs. Members are serving communities across the state through local nonprofits, schools, religious organizations and other groups. They are mentoring and tutoring children, coordinating volunteer programs, providing risk prevention presentations, removing non-native species, performing trail and stream bank restorations, providing music education, improving student retention and graduation rates, and more. In exchange for a year of service, AmeriCorps members earn an education award that can be used to pay for college or to pay back qualified student loans. Some Senior Corps programs provide monthly stipends, as well as other benefits.
There are several branches of Corps programs and opportunities. Each program is administered by a different entity. Oregon Volunteers, the State Commission, administers state AmeriCorps programs.
- AmeriCorps State & National engages men and women in intensive service at thousands of locations across the country through nonprofits, schools, public agencies, tribes, and community and faith-based groups. Oregon Volunteers administers funding for the State AmeriCorps programs. Multi-state programs, known as National Directs, receive their funding directly from the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS).
- AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteers In Service To America) taps the skills, talents, and passion of Americans of all ages to support community efforts to overcome poverty. VISTA members focus their efforts on increasing the capacity of community-serving organizations. VISTA programs are administered by a State CNCS Office.
- AmeriCorps NCCC (National Civilian Community Corps) is a full-time, team-based residential program for 18-24 year-olds. Members develop leadership skills by serving in public safety, environment, and disaster projects. FEMA Corps, a unit of NCCC, focuses solely on disaster preparedness, response, and recovery. NCCC is administered regionally by the AmeriCorps NCCC Pacific Region office in Sacramento, CA.
- Senior Corps relies on the skills, talents, and experience of Americans age 55 and over to meet a wide range of community challenges. Programs include Foster Grandparents, Senior Companions and RSVP (Retired Senior Volunteer Program). Senior Corps programs are administered by a State CNCS Office.
As part of the Serve America Act,
National Direct Consultation was established to help increase collaboration and
coordination among national service programs, which in turn supports the
efficient use of national service funds in each state.
Multi-state (also known as National Direct)
applicants applying for competitive AmeriCorps funding are required to
consult with the state service commission in the states they are applying to
As the Oregon state commission, Oregon
Volunteers asks National Direct programs to utilize the ASC National
Direct Consultation Single Online Form to
complete this requirement.
You can find more information about this
new form and process here.