The AmeriCorps Mission: To improve lives, strengthen communities, and foster civic engagement through service and volunteering.

Currently, 270,000 members and volunteers serve with AmeriCorps across the nation.

They focus on these key areas to make an impact:

AmeriCorps members and volunteers support students in nearly 12,000 public, private, and charter schools across the country. Through our work we improve attendance and engagement, increase high-school graduation rates and expand college enrollment.

AmeriCorps programs serve as a pathway to employment opportunities and help develop vital work skills. They build and rehabilitate affordable housing, provide financial literacy training, connect people to jobs and so much more.

When disaster strikes, members repair homes, assist survivors, and help restore communities when it matters most. AmeriCorps has deployed thousands of members and volunteers to areas affected by hurricanes, wildfires, floods, and tornadoes.

AmeriCorps serves on projects that cover thousands of acres of public lands across America – including many with the National Park Service. They help conserve natural habitats, protect clean air and water, and reduce utility bills by improving home energy efficiency.

AmeriCorps provides independent living services to 365,000 elderly Americans. They build the capacity of food banks, combat the opioid crisis, tackle homelessness, and address food insecurity. They provide health related education and resources to communities as well.

AmeriCorps provides assistance to nearly 500,000 veterans and military families by connecting them to education opportunities, jobs, and the benefits they have earned. Many veterans also volunteer with AmeriCorps so they can continue to serve their country.

AmeriCorps Nevada

What role does Nevada Volunteers play?

Nevada Volunteers is the Governor’s Commission on Service and is a 501(c)(3). We are among a national network of State Commissions that administers AmeriCorps programs in Nevada, making it possible for 1,600 AmeriCorps members and AmeriCorps Senior members to work alongside citizens and volunteers to inspire and create change at the hyper-local level.

Since 1994, more than 6,600 Nevada residents have served approximately 9.2 million hours
and earned education awards totaling more than $22.8 million.

We grant $2.9 million dollars in federal funds to organizations in Nevada and then ensure that they are able to meet all grant requirements and goals of their program through training and technical assistance. Nevada Volunteers has members serving in 15 of Nevada’s 17 counties—one community and one neighborhood at a time. Here is what their programs will be focusing on this grant year:

 

Why serve with AmeriCorps?

Be a part of something bigger-

When you serve with AmeriCorps, you join a network of more than 1 million strong. AmeriCorps alumni continue to give back to the country through civic-minded activity. The community you build while serving with AmeriCorps is unlike any other.

Grow personally and professionally-

Learn and grow while giving back to a community. Individuals who serve with AmeriCorps build new skillsets that they can take with them wherever they go. Older Americans can apply their hard-earned knowledge to make an impact in a new environment.

Receive benefits for your service-

AmeriCorps provides several benefits for its volunteers and members. Education awards are available to AmeriCorps members, as well as supplemental health insurance, loan deferment, and childcare. Benefits vary by program and position.

See what current AmeriCorps Nevada members and Alumni have to say:

Types of AmeriCorps Programs:

AmeriCorps State

People ages 17+ who want to engage in direct service and mobilizing community volunteers. Activities include but are not limited to: mentoring students, promoting health initiatives, spreading public safety information or beautifying parks and trails.

AmeriCorps*VISTA

People ages 18+ who want to use their existing skills or develop new ones to increase an organization’s impact. Activities include: addressing poverty-related issues by developing programs and improving nonprofit business practices. VISTAs are self-motivated and are passionate about doing the behind-the-scenes work to empower communities.

AmeriCorps*NCCC

  • AmeriCorps NCCC has four options to choose from to engage in team-based, transformative service. Find the option that best fits your interest and experience by clicking the link above.
  • To serve as a Corps Member, you must be between 18-26* years old. To serve as a Team Leader, you must be 18 or older (no upper age limit). You may apply to Traditional Corps at 17, if you will turn 18 before arriving on campus. You must be 18 to apply to FEMA Corps.

AmeriCorps Seniors

Foster Grandparents

As a Foster Grandparent, you’re a role model, a mentor, and a friend. Serving at one of thousands of local organizations, you help children learn to read, provide one-on-one tutoring, and guide children at a critical time in their lives.

Senior Companion Program

By becoming a Senior Companion to a frail person, you help that person stay in their own home. You’ll make a difference in a variety of ways that strengthens and helps preserve an individual’s independence.

RSVP

With RSVP you choose how and where you want to serve, and whether you want to draw on your skills or develop new ones.

The Truckee Meadows Parks Foundation Student Stewards AmeriCorps Program is a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics), standards-based curriculum that uses citizen science to engage kids with their local parks. This program introduces students to the importance of STEM fields and to the ever-growing opportunities in STEM jobs. This year TMPF will place 46 AmeriCorps member who will teach citizen science-based education programs using public lands as learning laboratories in Washoe County and Carson City increasing the academic engagement of more than 1,200 opportunity youth.

Learn more about Truckee Meadows Parks Foundation

Contact Program Director Devin Genovese to apply year round, Devin@tmparksfoundation.org

ReInvent Schools Las Vegas AmeriCorps Program focuses on academic achievement, expanded learning, wraparound services, and family and community engagement in the communities surrounding underperforming urban core schools. This year the program will place 64 AmeriCorps members to serve in Pre-K, Elementary and High schools to provide mentorship to students where more than 500 children will receive academic, social-emotional and chronic absenteeism support, as well as nutrition education to ensure future success in school and in life for Nevada children. In addition, AmeriCorps members will strategically provide support to high-needs communities helping them navigate resources and providing financial and employment readiness interventions.

Learn more about ReInvent Schools

Contact Program Director Brandi Catlin to apply, bcatlin@lasvegasnevada.gov

Nevada-Outdoor-School

The Nevada Outdoor School AmeriCorps Program is a community development program that provides professional and life-skills training for community members, and collaborations for best practices to increase the overall outreach of rural nonprofits. Nevada Outdoor School’s AmeriCorps State program will places 22 full-time, part-time, and summer AmeriCorps members members at organizations throughout northern Nevada to serve as mentors, naturalists, and outreach assistants supporting senior citizens. Members engage the community in understand their public lands, supporting the most vulnerable members of their communities, and they leverage more than 550 volunteers to help them reach these goals each year.

Learn more and apply year round at Nevada Outdoor School

Program Director Zulma Mayorga, zulma.mayorga@nevadaoutdoorschool.org

Nevada Statewide Coalition Partnership places 27 members who support health needs to deliver services in local communities, many of which are rural. AmeriCorps members serve statewide in the hardest to reach communities helping connect people to resources including resources to improve, among many other things: nutritional education, physical wellness and diabetes prevention. Members will provide direct services including partnering with coalitions, local schools, senior centers and the like.

Learn More about Nevada Statewide Coalition Partnership

Contact Program Director Sofia Cano-Allison to apply, sofia@nyecc.org

Great-Basin-Institute

Great Basin Institute’s Nevada Conservation Corps harnesses the energy and idealism of youth to meet the needs of Nevada public lands and communities. This year NCC will place 175 AmeriCorps members through the state of Nevada. Because of their service 3000 acres of Nevada land will be improved supporting burned area restoration efforts on public lands and mitigating the threat of future wildland fires.

Learn more or apply year round to serve at Nevada Conservation Corps

Program Director Scott Scherbinski, sscherbinski@thegreatbasininstitute.org

The Walker Basin Conservancy’s AmeriCorps Program accomplishes important conservation projects on Nevada’s public lands, balancing agricultural interests, wildlife habitat, and recreational use within the Walker Basin. AmeriCorps Members will learn conservation principles and develop new skills while conducting native plant revegetation to improve wildlife habitat, removing invasive species for the protection of the local ecosystem, and reducing instream sedimentation through streambank stabilization projects.

Learn more and apply year round at Walker Basin Conservancy

Program Director Miguel Gonzales, miguel.gonzales@walkerbasin.org</p

AmeriCorps Wetland Restoration Technicians with Truckee Meadows Parks Foundation are serving their community through habitat restoration, increasing availability of open space for community members, and providing educational opportunities to the public. This is being accomplished through the removal of invasive plant species, the establishment of native vegetation, trail and bridge rehabilitation, educational and interpretive sign development, and community events. The restoration area, which is currently closed to the public, will be opened and allow for increased, free recreational opportunities for the Reno/Sparks area and its visitors. This project would not be possible without the selfless dedication of AmeriCorps members.

Learn more about Truckee Meadows Parks Foundation

Contact Program Director Elena Larsen to apply year round, Elena@tmparksfoundation.org

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AmeriCorps Members serving in the Clark County AmeriCorps 4-H Grows Here Project (4-H Grows) at the University of Nevada, Reno, Extension reach youth ages 5-19, first-generation college-going, low-income families and communities of color in urban Las Vegas, NV, with a special focus on reaching middle school youth. Youth participants in 4-H Grows will develop timely and relevant skills and abilities in important areas including STEM by engaging in hands-on, learn-by-doing 4-H classes, projects, and activities. 4-H Grows utilizes an evidence-based approach to develop essential soft skills through identity development and self-understanding. The approach of addressing both STEM and soft skills is an effort to meet the demands of the future workforce and economy in which youth will engage, but more importantly to develop globally-minded critical thinkers who are able to adapt to an ever-changing world. Youth will be equipped to successfully attend, persist, and complete some form of post-secondary education, and ultimately, the opportunity for upward mobility.

Learn More about 4-H Grows Here Project

Program Director, Anel Rojas at anelrojas@unr.edu

United Way of Northern Nevada thanks IBEW 1245

United Readers AmeriCorps program is design to support the literacy acquisition and Kindergarten readiness skills into order to improve third grade reading scores. Members serving in the Early Childhood Mentor positions will serve children 0-5 and their families providing literacy and kindergarten readiness skills using pre-determined lesson plans in groups of eight families at a time throughout the year. Early childhood mentors will also provide recorded services and one-on-one sessions with families who live in rural areas or who are unable to attend family session. In-School Mentors will provide literacy acquisition and reading fluency services using predetermined lesson plans during school hours with K-3 students who are identified by classroom teachers and literacy specialists as in need of extra reading supports. After School Mentors will provide extra and extended day literacy and reading fluency support services using predetermined lesson plans to K-3 students enrolled in afterschool programs.

Program Director, Krystal Hoefling: krystal.hoefling@uwnns.org

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AmeriCorps members will serve as Education Specialists at Opportunity Village. They will spend their time both developing and facilitating curriculum for persons with intellectual and related disabilities, in order to increase their job readiness.

Program Director, Jake Gigar at gigarj@opportunityvillage.org

The Nevada Recovery Corps program, at Foundation For Recovery, aims to both expand access to recovery support capital and to promote the spirit of a Community of Recovery across Nevada. Acting as peer recovery support specialists, AmeriCorps members are the cornerstone of this program; dedicating their time and lived experience.

The Nevada Recovery Corps also seeks to develop partnerships with the organizations that Nevadans value and trust most. These organizations serve as host sites for members of the program, taking an active role in the personal and professional development of each member while the members strive to provide peer coaching and mentorship, facilitate support groups, provide resource navigation, train others to recognize and respond to opioid overdoses, and promote a spirit of recovery through hosting sober social events and activities.

Learn more about Foundation For Recovery.

Contact Program Director Anthony Palomeque to apply apalomeque@forrecovery.org

Quick Links

AmeriCorps alumni have a unique opportunity to share their experience, knowledge, and resources. Here are a few options available to you after AmeriCorps.

Job Opportunities

Stay Connected with Fellow Alums

AmeriCorps alumni are bound together by a common commitment to service and a desire to participate as active members in their communities. Interested in starting an AmeriCorps Alumni chapter in your area? Contact Charli Bruce at charli@nevadavolunteers.org.

Join AmeriCorps Again

We want you back! Your experience and commitment to service add value to AmeriCorps programs throughout the United States. And you can serve as a role model or leader for new members: your experience could make you eligible to serve with AmeriCorps NCCC as a team leader or to coordinate several AmeriCorps VISTA members.

Advance Your Education / The Segal AmeriCorps Education Award

Congress established the National Service Trust to provide a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award for members who successfully complete service in AmeriCorps. You can use your Segal AmeriCorps Education Award to pay education costs at qualified institutions of higher education, for educational training, or to repay qualified student loans. You can take up to seven years after your term of service has ended to claim the award.

Champion AmeriCorps

AmeriCorps Alums are encouraged to share their story and voice for a prosperous future for AmeriCorps.

Share your service story.

Thank you for your interest in learning more about starting a program!

Who can apply to host an AmeriCorps Program?

Nonprofits

Local Government, States, and Tribes

Institutes of Higher Education

How do I know if AmeriCorps is a good fit for my Organization?

  • Could your organization use at least 10 individuals to engage in a direct service activity or deliverable you want to provide in your community?
  • Does your organization already have experience managing federal grants or are you interested in support from Nevada Volunteers to start?
  • Is your organization able to provide 24% match funds to your grant? (For example if you receive a grant of $75,000 from Nevada Volunteers you will need to match it with $18,000 for a total project budget of $93,000)

What are the next steps?

Current and Most Recent Funding Opportunities

Training/Technical Assistance

Webinar Resources

Previous Funding Opportunities

National Directs

National Direct Applicants and Multi-state AmeriCorps National Direct applicants who intend to place members in Nevada are reminded that they must consult with Nevada Volunteers regarding these intended placements before submitting their application. Nevada Volunteers has opted into the ASC National Direct Consultation process and therefore, consultation forms for national direct applicants should be submitted to:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/NF2CZDL

National Direct applicants are encouraged to contact Nevada Volunteers outside of this link with initial information about potential member placements in Nevada by emailing Nevada Volunteers at grants@nevadavolunteers.org and include in the subject line “National Direct Consultation” or by calling 775.825.1900. This will allow the National Direct applicant to meet its obligation to provide information that connects the proposed activities to the current State Service Plan for Nevada.

Not ready to Start a Program, but want to be included in our state efforts?

Nevada Volunteers is currently seeking a diverse group of people to serve as Peer Reviewers to assess and score the quality of Nevada AmeriCorps State applications.

Apply to be a peer reviewer for our grant application period!

What is Peer Review?

Peer Reviewers assist Nevada Volunteers in reviewing and scoring submitted AmeriCorps State applications for Nevada.

Peer Reviewer comments and ratings are then considered in decisions that determine how AmeriCorps resources will be distributed to support organizations and partnerships in addressing critical needs throughout Nevada.

Why participate?

Participation in Peer Review is an excellent opportunity for professional development and service.

Peer Reviewers will engage in the grantmaking process of a major funder of community service, while networking with others across a variety of professions.

Am I qualified?

Peer Review is open to a wide range of people with varying experience and backgrounds. The following are things that will be beneficial if you choose to apply to be a Peer Reviewer:

  • Experience with AmeriCorps and/or the nonprofit sector
  • Experience with grant writing or grant review (or an interest in gaining experience)
  • Knowledge and/or experience in a field related to the application priority areas (health, human services, disaster/emergency services, environment, education, veterans affairs, economic opportunity)
  • Ability to independently review 5-6 applications over a two-week period (approx. 2 hrs. per application)
  • Live or work in the state of Nevada

Quick Links

Regulations Governing AmeriCorps Statement

Regulations Governing AmeriCorps

Nevada Volunteers believes in the power of service as a solution to many of Nevada’s unmet needs. Becoming part of the National Service Network can bring opportunities for your organization and the community you serve, however, it also brings significant responsibilities for your organization. This Grantee Resources page provides quick links to important forms and a comprehensive Program Director Handbook. The handbooks provides a broad overview of AmeriCorps while highlighting basic components and rules to support you in having an understanding of the complexities of running an AmeriCorps program. It is meant to serve as a guide for those who administer an AmeriCorps program in Nevada. However, the information contained in this manual does not include all the legal requirements you are responsible for once you have accepted an AmeriCorps grant. Program directors or individuals with particular questions should consult the National and Community Service Act of 1990 (42 U.S.C. § 12501 et seq.), the regulations issued under the Act (45 C.F.R. § 2500.1 et. seq.), the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act, the AmeriCorps Grant Provisions and Grants Policy guidance, and relevant state law and regulations. If there is a conflict between the content of this resource manual and the AmeriCorps provisions, the provisions are the controlling authority.

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