The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) administers AmeriCorps at the federal level and works in partnership with states to develop service programs and create a community-based national service network. The United Way Association of South Carolina (UWASC) is the administrative agent for South Carolina’s AmeriCorps programs.
Oftentimes described as the domestic Peace Corps, AmeriCorps programs help communities address locally-defined challenges by mobilizing America’s greatest asset, its citizens. There are full- and part-time AmeriCorps positions available across South Carolina that engage dedicated leaders from age 17 to 117+ who will commit to utilizing their skill, experience, and passion to address needs in the following focus areas:
Benefits of Service
Individuals serving with an AmeriCorps SC program are eligible to receive the following benefits in exchange for their service:
Your living allowance will help cover the basic costs of living, which allows national service to be an option for everybody. Furthermore, living within tight economic bounds encourages AmeriCorps members to relate more closely with the resource-limited communities they serve. (The amount of living allowance varies by program and term type. Please refer to the application process for each AmeriCorps SC program listed below for more details.)
Health insurance, which meets Affordable Care Act standards, is provided to those serving full-time as AmeriCorps members. Coverage varies by program, but general questions are addressed on this website.
Following your successful completion of your AmeriCorps term of service, you will become eligible to earn the Segal AmeriCorps Education Award. This can be applied to existing student loans or to future education endeavors. Each AmeriCorps member can earn up to the equivalent of two full-time education awards, totaling over $11,000. Over 180 institutions of higher education will match your AmeriCorps Education Award.
Your federal student loans qualify for loan forbearance (i.e. payment postponement) during your term of service. Furthermore, the federal government will pay for the interest that your loans accrue while in forbearance during your year of service. You can learn more about applying for loan forbearance here.
Full-time service members may qualify for childcare assistance. The application process can be completed here.
Meet Like-Minded Peers
You will get to serve alongside other service-minded peers who seek to strengthen our South Carolina communities. Further, you will join a network of over 1,000,000 AmeriCorps Alum, who can link you to resources and job opportunities following your AmeriCorps service. Register here to start receiving AmeriCorps Alum benefits today.
Professional Development / Job Training
Many AmeriCorps members utilize the valuable job training, professional development, and networking opportunities they participating in while serving in an AmeriCorps SC program to advance their career after their term of service.
Below is a description of each of the current AmeriCorps SC programs serving the state. Click on the “More Details and How to Apply” button next to each description to review additional information about the AmeriCorps positions available at each organization.
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. More Details and How to Apply.
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. More Details and How to Apply.
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. More Details and How to Apply.
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. More Details and How to Apply.
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. More Details and How to Apply.
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. More Details and How to Apply.
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. More Details and How to Apply.
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. More Details and How to Apply.
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. More Details and How to Apply.
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. More Details and How to Apply.
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, assistance, and skill development. More Details and How to Apply.
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. More Details and How to Apply.
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. More Details and How to Apply.
AmeriCorps SC Programs are inclusive to all types of people and encourage individuals with disabilities to apply to serve. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions related to an AmeriCorps service opportunity.
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