AmeriCorps VIP is a purpose-driven service opportunity designed to empower VIP Fellows through experience, training, and service. Fellows focus on building and strengthening volunteer infrastructure, recruitment and recognition of volunteers, and creating community partnerships. Each VIP Fellow dedicates their service to a single Partner Site, working “behind the scenes” to enable volunteers to take part in meaningful service positions that meet community needs.
“My service with AmeriCorps has positively impacted my life! I feel I have challenged myself, grown professionally, and became more compassionate towards seniors and senior issues. I have gained more knowledge of senior hardships and feel I am directly making an impact in the senior community.”
VIP Fellow, 2017-18 Service Term
Service terms constitute an 11-month, full-time commitment (1700 total hours), beginning in September each year. AmeriCorps is not a job, it is a national service opportunity. VIP Fellows receive a modest living stipend, health insurance, have access to subsidized child care, and are eligible for student loan deferments. Upon completion of the service year, VIP Fellows also receive an Education Award of $5,920 to use towards future education or student loans. Housing is not provided.
VIP Fellows bring a diverse amount of experience and skills to their placement organizations. In addition, Fellows will complete a Volunteer Management Certificate through Points of Light, the world’s largest organization dedicated to volunteer service. Other development opportunities include working in a professional setting, understanding the nonprofit sector, personal and professional networking, and more.
Service Year Timeline
This schedule occurs each year.
April – July: Fellow Application is open, interviews, placement of VIP Fellows
August: All Fellows are confirmed for enrollment
September: Service Term begins
July: Service term ends