Domestic Service Opportunities

AmeriCorps State and National, AmeriCorps *VISTA, AmeriCorps*NCCC (for information on the differences in each program, see the website).  Commit to national service by partnering with community-based organizations (both faith-based and secular), state and local agencies and other nonprofit organizations that allow you to serve individually or on a team anywhere in the country through thousands of programs nationwide.
Citizen Corps
Citizen Corps encourages citizens to engage in a number of activities to help prepare themselves and their communities:
  • Developing a household preparedness plan and disaster supplies kits, observing home health and safety practices, implementing disaster mitigation measures, and participating in crime prevention and reporting.
  • Training:  Taking classes in emergency preparedness, response capabilities, first aid, CPR, fire suppression, and search and rescue procedures.
  • Volunteer Service:  Engaging individuals in volunteer activities that support first responders, disaster relief groups, and community safety organizations.
City Year
City Year
City Year's primary goal is to build democracy through citizen service, civic engagement, leadership development, and social entrepreneurship.  The program offers 17- to 24-year olds the opportunity to engage in 10 months of full-time community service.  Volunteers tutor and mentor school children, reclaim public spaces, and organize after-school programs, school vacation camps, and youth corps such as the Starfish Corps, Young Heroes, and City Heroes.  City Year envisions the day when the most commonly asked question of a young adult will be, "Where are you going to do your service year?"
Green Corps;
Green Corps is the Field School for Environmental Organizing.  Green Corps runs a one-year, full-time, paid Environmental Leadership Training Program that gives instruction and experience to recent college graduates interested in launching an organizing and advocacy career.  The program includes intensive classroom training, hands-on field experience running urgent environmental and public health campaigns, and career placement in permanent leadership positions with leading environmental groups.
Habitat for Humanity
Devoted to building "simple, decent, and affordable" housing.  Homes are built using volunteer labor and are sold at no profit.  They seek to eliminate poverty housing and homelessness from the world and to make decent shelter a matter of conscience and action.  Habitat for Humanity is committed to environmentally sustainable building and living practices, and works to encourage sustainability in the communities it is active in.
Public Allies
Public Allies' mission is to advance new leadership to strengthen communities, nonprofits and civic participation.  We are changing the face and practice of leadership in communities across the country by demonstrating our conviction that everyone can lead, and that lasting social change results when citizens of all backgrounds step up, take responsibility, and work together.
Public Health Service
The U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps is an elite team of more than 6,000 full-time, well-trained, highly qualified public health professionals dedicated to delivering the Nation's public health promotion and disease prevention programs and advancing public health science.  Driven by a passion for public service, these men and women serve on the frontlines in the Nation's fight against disease and poor health conditions. 
Teach for America
Our mission is to build the movement to eliminate educational inequity by enlisting our nation's most promising future leaders in the effort.
We recruit outstanding recent college graduates from all backgrounds and career interests to commit to teach for two years in urban and rural public schools.  We provide the training and ongoing support necessary to ensure their success as teachers in low-income communities.
United Way
United Way is a worldwide network in 45 countries and territories, including nearly 1,300 local organizations in the U.S.  It advances the common good, creating opportunities for a better life for all, by focusing on the three key building blocks of education, income, and health.  The United Way movement creates long lasting community change by addressing the underlying causes of problems that prevent progress in these areas.  LIVE UNITED is a call to action for everyone to become a part of the change.
White House Fellowship Program
White House Fellowship Program  
The White House Fellows program is one of America's most prestigious programs for leadership and public service.  White House Fellowships offer exceptional young men and women first-hand experience working at the highest levels of the federal government.  Selected individuals typically spend a year working as a full-time, paid Fellow to senior White House Staff, Cabinet Secretaries and other top-ranking government officials.  Fellows also participate in an education program consisting of roundtable discussions with renowned leaders from the private and public sectors, and trips to study U.S. policy in action both domestically and internationally.

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