AmeriCorps is a civil society program supported by the U.S. federal government, foundations, corporations, and other donors engaging adults in public service work with a goal of “helping others and meeting critical needs in the community.”
History of AmeriCorps: click here
How many terms can I do?
Under AmeriCorps State and National: 4
Note: Terms of NCCC/FEMACorps, VISTA do not count toward the above limit.
It’s important for program participants and partners to understand the guidelines for AmeriCorps members. While performing activities associated with the AmeriCorps program, members may not engage in the following:
1. Attempting to influence legislation.
2. Organizing or engaging in protests, petitions, boycotts, or strikes.
3. Assisting, promoting, or deterring union organizing.
4. Impairing existing service agreements for services or collective bargaining agreements.
5. Engaging in partisan political activities or other activities designed to influence the outcome of an election to any public office.
6. Participating in, or endorsing, events or activities that are likely to include advocacy for or against political parties, political platforms, political candidates, proposed legislation, or elected officials.
7. Engaging in religious instruction; conducting worship services; providing instruction as part of a program that includes mandatory religious instruction or worship; constructing or operating facilities devoted to religious instruction or worship; maintaining facilities primarily or inherently devoted to religious instruction or worship; or engaging in any form of religious proselytization.
8. Providing a direct benefit to:
a. A business organized for profit;
b. labor union;
c. A partisan political organization;
d. A nonprofit organization that fails to comply with the restrictions contained in the section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 related to engaging in political activities or substantial amount of lobbying except that nothing in these provisions shall be construed to prevent participants from participating in advocacy activities undertaken at their own initiative; or
e. An organization engaged in the religious activities described above in prohibited activity 7, unless CNCS assistance is not used to support the religious activities.
9. Conducting a voter registration drive or using CNCS funds to conduct a voter registration drive.
10. Providing abortion services or referrals for receipt of such services.
11. Such other activities as CNCS may prohibit.