Each one of our programs is selected through a competitive grant process that occurs in the spring of each year. Commissioners carefully review grant applications and select programs based on ability to address South Carolina’s most pressing needs. If you are interested in bringing AmeriCorps to your community, find more information here.
Currently, the Commission funds 13 programs throughout the state which address the following focus areas:
AmeriCorps Programs typically recruit in the spring and summer and begin in the fall; however, there are many programs that recruit year-round and have flexible start dates.
Black River United Way's Growing Great Readers program offers a high- quality, comprehensive, research-based, English literacy tutoring program that supports students, families, and the communities of Georgetown and Williamsburg Counties. GGR’s mission is to provide low-income schools with AmeriCorps tutors to ensure that children advance to grade level in reading before third grade.
City Year is an education organization that unites young people of all backgrounds for a year of full-time service and partners with public schools in high-poverty communities of Richland County to help kids graduate from high school and get ready for college or a career. More than 80% of members–hired through a selective process–are recent college graduates and receive more than 300 hours of professional training.
Reading Partners – South Carolina helps children in Berkeley and Charleston Counties become lifelong readers by empowering communities to provide individualized instruction with measurable results. Their diverse and expansive volunteer base provides one-on-one tutoring to students twice weekly, and the program is proven to help children master the reading fundamentals they need to unlock their potential as successful, happy, and confident readers in school and in life.
Indian Waters Council Boy Scouts of America's new AmeriCorps Program will initiate and sustain Scouting youth development programs in rural and underserved areas of Orangeburg County. At the end of its first year, the program will enroll 1,000 new youth at 48 different sites throughout the state to provide education through mentoring and hands-on experience.
Teach For America – South Carolina recruits, develops, and mobilizes our nation’s most promising future leaders to grow and strengthen the movement for educational equity and excellence . We recruit remarkable and diverse individuals to become teachers in low-income communities. They commit to teach for two years and are hired by our partner public schools and districts. In the 2017-18 school year TFA will partner with school districts in Charleston, Berkeley, Colleton, Clarendon, Orangeburg, Florence, Marion, and Darlington counties.
United Way of the Lowcountry AmeriCorps members support the Early Grade Reading initiative by tutoring in eight local elementary schools in Beaufort and Jasper Counties. Members, along with community volunteers, work with students in kindergarten through third grade to improve reading skills and ensure that students are reading on grade level by the time they enter fourth grade.
United Way of Sumter, Clarendon and Lee Counties Reading Success AmeriCorps Program is a literacy tutoring program for students in Kindergarten through third grade who start the school year reading below grade level. AmeriCorps members provide individualized and small group tutoring to students in three Lee County elementary schools and in five Sumter County elementary schools, three afterschool PERKS sites, and one afterschool program. The goal of the program is to have all students served through the program reading at grade level by the time they enter the fourth grade.
The Palmetto Conservation Corps is dedicated to developing future conservation leaders through education and service. The Corps works to improve public lands and communities through conservation projects, community partnerships and outreach, service-learning, and environmental education throughout South Carolina.
SBP is a national nonprofit that works to shorten the time between disaster and recovery. SBP’s South Carolina AmeriCorps Program meets the needs of low- to middle-income families living in the Midlands who were impacted by floods in October 2015. AmeriCorps members provide volunteer recruitment and coordination services, client services, supply and tool delivery, and residential reconstruction services to complete construction for residents who might lack the resources to recover on their own.
United Way of Anderson County will leverage 10 AmeriCorps members to participate in community disaster preparedness and response throughout Anderson, Abbeville, Cherokee, Edgefield, Greenwood, McCormick, Oconee and Pickens Counties. By the end of the program’s first year, AmeriCorps members will arrange for 800 homes to have a disaster plan in place, they will train 800 students on disaster preparedness, and 8 MOUs will be in place with the aforementioned counties to establish the foundation for effective disaster response. The program will also train 50 Volunteer Disaster Leaders who will be prepared to deploy in the event of a disaster.
Trident United Way serves individuals and families in Charleston, Dorchester, and Berkeley Counties on their paths towards financial stability. Client services include: addressing basic needs, increasing basic skills, increasing income, increasing savings, and gaining and sustaining assets. AmeriCorps members serve as family navigators in community agencies, schools, and prosperity centers and operate within a network of 400+ partners to provide referrals, assistances, and skill development.
United Way of Greenville County works with organizations that understand the vital need for partnering, sharing best practices, leveraging resources, and getting measurable results. It is with that understanding that the collaborative has come together and committed itself to the AmeriCorps program, knowing that no one agency or program can do this most challenging work on its own. Our AmeriCorps members will leverage an additional 1,000 volunteers to provide financial stability services to low-income residents in Greenville, Pickens, Anderson, and Laurens counties. These activities include, Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA), financial literacy services, stability services and workforce development services.
United Way of the Piedmont's AmeriCorps Program will engage AmeriCorps members to serve as Financial Stability Navigators at local organizations in the Spartanburg, Union, and Cherokee Counties of South Carolina to address critical community needs related to economic opportunity. Members directly serve low-income households by providing care coordination and financial literacy services, preparing and filing income tax returns for free, and assisting households to apply for state and federal benefits
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