What is AmeriCorps?

AmeriCorps Member, the basics

AmeriCorps is a national service program that engages more than 80,000 Americans in intensive service each year at nonprofits, schools, public agencies, and community organizations across the country. AmeriCorps members gain valuable service experience and have access to professional development and skill-building opportunities while also earning scholarship dollars to be used toward education or student loan repayment. Since the program’s founding in 1994, more than 1 million AmeriCorps members have contributed more than 1.2 billion hours in service across America while tackling pressing problems and mobilizing millions of volunteers for the organizations they serve.


AmeriCorps members receive a modest living allowance annually while participating in the program. For those who qualify, healthcare and a child care allowance is available (fulltime members). After completing their service, members receive an education award. This award can be used to help pay off student loans or to finance college, graduate school, or vocational training. Beyond these benefits, members will learn new skills, take on new responsibilities, and know the satisfaction of building a community and helping our nation be everything it ought to be.

  • Living stipend
  • Education award upon completion of service
  • Childcare assistance if eligible
  • Training
  • Health Coverage

Appalachia HealthCorps Specific Positions

Community Health Worker (CHW)

Be a “miracle worker” helping high risk diabetes patients lower their A1Cs and live a happy and healthy life. CHWs visit clients in their own homes on a weekly basis coaching them on topics like healthy eating, physical activities, and how to be a better self-manager for their diabetes. Service sites will be in Athens, Meigs, Ross, and Washington Counties in Ohio.

Peer Recovery Supporter

If you have any lived experience with substance abuse and/or mental health disorders, are currently in recovery, and want to help others, then this is an opportunity for you! Learn how to turn your personal experiences to an invaluable resource by being a knowledgeable guide for others trying to begin their journey into recovery. Work in groups or peer-to- peer at places like community centers, AA/NA meetings, and recovery support houses. Service sites will be in Athens, Gallia, Jackson, Perry, Vinton, Hocking, and Washington Counties in Ohio.

Currently we are not taking applications for the 2022/2023 program year.

You can use the information below to apply to other Americorps Programs!

Create a profile at www.my.americorps.gov Here’s how:

  • Choose “apply to serve” below
  • Fill out to create a profile-it will ask for a zip+4 (Zip+4 tool)
  • Check email for validation of profile. Be sure to follow the instructions in this message within 72 hours, or your profile will be canceled.
  • Gather Key Information to Apply:
  • Your full legal name.
  • A valid email address. You will need to receive a message from AmeriCorps to continue, so double check this before you proceed.
  • Your Social Security number.
  • Your date and location of birth your citizenship/residency status.
  • Your expected dates of availability.
  • Your mailing and permanent addresses.
  • A valid phone number
  • Your military/veteran’s status.
  • Any interests, skills, experience.
  • Reference’s name, address, phone, active email address including the Zip code +4.

What to expect following your application submission

If you look like a possible fit for our program, Appalachia Health Corps program staff will reply to you by email and arrange a phone interview. After the phone interview, program staff will pass your materials along to the possible site supervisors at the individual sites.
If they are interested in you as a candidate for their sites, the site supervisors will then individually contact you for an additional interview (either by phone, ZOOM, or in person). In order to be selected to serve at a site, you will need to be approved by both the program staff and the site supervisor.

Following your interviews, completion of all application paperwork, and the checking of your references (from the MyAmeriCorps application form), program staff will make offers to selected candidates on a rolling basis. The program may be able to hold your offer open for a limited time if you are considering multiple options; please let program staff know if you have time constraints. Service opportunities will be filled on an ongoing basis throughout the summer (and, if necessary, the fall) until all opportunities are filled.

If you are accepted into the program, program staff will then let you know other steps required for enrollment such as background checks and paperwork

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