National Service

 

 

Through AmeriCorps and Senior Corps, the Corporation for National and Community Service helps communities across the nation prepare, respond, and recover from natural and man-made disasters.  CNCS Programs AmeriCorps and Senior Corps regularly provide essential services across the nation including:

AMERICORPS STATE & NATIONAL

AmeriCorps State and National supports a wide range of local service programs that engage thousands of Americans in intensive community service each year. CNCS provides grants to a network of local and national organizations and agencies committed to using national service to address critical community needs in education, public safety, health, and the environment.

  • AmeriCorps Disaster Response Teams (A-DRTs )
    Capacity: 15 programs, approx. 3,000 members
    Capability: Direct service activities; volunteer management; leadership; capacity building Deployment: Under a Mission Assignment from the state or the federal government. In some instances, A- DRT’s may deploy within their own state without a formal Mission Assignment.
  • Grantees (AmeriCorps State & National)
    Capacity: Varies by state
    Capability: Direct response activities; volunteer management; leadership; capacity building Deployment: Programs which specialize in disaster response and recovery may choose to deploy.
  • State Service Commissions
    Capacity: Every state
    Capability: Volunteer Reception Centers; long term recovery Deployment: In coordination with the state to provide local support

 AMERICORPS NATIONAL CIVILIAN COMMUNITY CORPS (NCCC)

AmeriCorps NCCC is a full-time, team-based residential service program for individuals ages 18-24. NCCC members are organized into 10- to 12- member teams and serve in local communities in all 50 states and U.S. territories. The mission of AmeriCorps NCCC is to strengthen communities and develop leaders through team-based national and community service. FEMA Corps is a new unit of AmeriCorps NCCC whose members are devoted solely to FEMA disaster response and recovery efforts.

  • NCCC Traditional Teams
    Capacity: 5 campuses, 1,200 members
    Capability: Direct service activities; volunteer management; leadership
    Deployment: Request from a qualified organization [i.e. government agency (any level), nonprofit, faith based organization, school, tribe]; under a Mission Assignment; assignment in partnership with American Red Cross.
  • FEMA Corps
    Capacity: 5 campuses, 1,600 members
    Capability: Emergency management coordination support; capacity building; assist with specific FEMA operational tasks
    Deployment: FEMA identifies the need and coordinates assignment with the Disaster Services Unit, NCCC Headquarters staff, and Regional Campuses; only FEMA can request and deploy.

AMERICORPS VOLUNTEERS IN SERVICE TO AMERICA (VISTA)

AmeriCorps VISTA members are passionate and committed to their mission to bring individuals and communities out of poverty. Members make a year-long, full-time commitment to serve on a specific project at a nonprofit organization or public agency. They focus their efforts to build the organizational, administrative, and financial capacity of organizations that fight illiteracy, improve health services, foster economic development, and otherwise assist low-income communities.

  • AmeriCorps VISTA
    Capacity: Every state
    Capability: Capacity building; long term recovery; indirect service
    Deployment: May be redirected from their existing projects for a short amount of time if they are in the immediate impact area.

SENIOR CORPS

Senior Corps connects today’s 55+ with the people and organizations that need them most. Senior Corps helps them become mentors, coaches or companions to people in need, or contribute their job skills and expertise to community projects and organizations. Volunteers receive guidance and training so they can make a contribution that suits their talents, interests, and availability.

  • Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP)
    Capacity: Every state
    Capability: Direct service activities; leadership; capacity building; indirect service
    Deployment: Service activities and work plans may be modified to add additional work plans to meet new community needs caused by disaster.
  • Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP)
    Capacity: Every state
    Capability: Temporary reassignment to related work if unable to continue service due to disaster.
    Deployment: Service activities and work plans may be modified to add additional work plans to meet the new community need caused by disaster.
  • Senior Companions (SC)
    Capacity: Every state
    Capability: Temporary reassignment to related work if unable to continue service due to disaster.
    Deployment: Service activities and work plans may be modified to add additional work plans to meet the new community need caused by disaster.

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