PennSERVE AmeriCorps Projects
Learn about the AmeriCorps projects we fund and how your organization might apply for a grant.
What is AmeriCorps?
AmeriCorps is the national service program that provides thousands of Americans of all ages and backgrounds with education awards in exchange for a year or two of community service. Members tackle Pennsylvania communites' toughest challenges. In addition to training hundreds of new volunteers, members tutor and mentor high risk youth; organize neighborhood watch organizations; assist crime victims; help build affordable housing; help seniors live independently; clean up rivers and streams; and provide emergency and long term assistance to victims of natural disasters.
Who can serve?
AmeriCorps members must be at least age 17 and citizens or permanent residents of the United States. Members receive a modest living allowance and health coverage while participating in the program. Upon completing a year of service (at least 1,700 hours), they also earn an education award of $4,725. This award can be used to pay off student loans, finance college, graduate school or vocational training.
Allegheny County Department of Human Services - KEYS Service Corps
Working with community partners, KEYS AmeriCorps members provide youth mentoring and student academic assistance as well as community service/service learning projects, and volunteer generation. (Allegheny County)
Appalachia Intermediate Unit 8 - Pennsylvania Mountain Service Corps
PMSC/AmeriCorps members are placed at more than 75 non-profit agencies, in sixteen counties in southwestern/south central Pennsylvania. (Armstrong, Allegheny, Bedford, Blair, Cambria, Centre, Clearfield, Fayette, Franklin, Fulton, Greene, Huntingdon, Indiana, Somerset, Washington, and Westmoreland Counties) In addition, the PMSC will partner with non-profits in any county statewide that would place a member in an environmental position. PMSC members provide service in the areas of Education, Environment, Human Needs, and Public Safety.
Carol Overly, Program Manager
119 Park Street
Ebensburg, PA 15931
Butler Memorial Hospital Family Services - Family Service Corps/AmeriCorps
Family Service Corps/AmeriCorps of Butler Memorial Hospital has established partnerships with more than 30 non-profit and faith-based human service agencies in Butler and Lawrence Counties in western PA. AmeriCorps members are placed within these agencies to enhance family, child and adult support services, family wellness, and to provide health, education, and recreational opportunities and other human services. (Butler County)
Centre County Youth Service Bureau - CentreServe AmeriCorps Program
CentreServe AmeriCorps members provide youth mentoring, substance abuse prevention education, and after school educational activities to Centre County youth and families as well as life skills education and academic assistance to youth in residential placement. (Centre County)
Denise McCann, Division Director
Centre County Youth Service Bureau
325 W. Aaron Drive
State College, PA 16803
Alison Turley, Program Coordinator
Centre County Youth Service Bureau
325 W. Aaron Drive
State College, PA 16803
City Year, Inc. - City Year Greater Philadelphia
This urban focused program recruits young adults, ages 17 to 24 years, from diverse racial, cultural, and socioeconomic and educational backgrounds to give a year of service. Service focuses on increasing in school student retention and increased on time high school graduation rates. Corps members serve students in grades 6-9 through tutoring, in-class support, mentoring, after school programming, and community service programs. There is also a focus on developing youth leadership and citizenship skills. (Philadelphia County)
Communities in Schools of Philadelphia - Digital Service Fellows
AmeriCorps members are strengthening the educational technology infrastructure of Philadelphia schools and bridging the digital divide. Members provide service to enrich academic after-school programs, provide technology training and resources for students and families, and support teachers and school administrators. The program is in partnership with the School District of Philadelphia.
Deputy Chief for In School Services
Communities In Schools of Philadelphia, Inc.
2000 Hamilton Street, Suite 201
Philadelphia, PA 19130
Greater Pittsburgh Literacy Council – Compass AmeriCorps
Compass AmeriCorps members will help organizations that serve immigrants, internationals, and refugees to provide more intensive, personalized, and expanded services to clients. Members will also engage in community outreach, volunteer generation, and service project coordination. (Allegheny County)
411 Seventh Avenue, Suite 550
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
Phone: 412-393-7600 (Receptionist)
MaryRose Walko, Program Coordinator
Keystone SMILES Community Learning Center, Inc. - Keystone SMILES AmeriCorps
AmeriCorps members provide tutoring and social and behavioral enrichment activities such as teambuilding, mentoring and study skills instruction in before, during and after school sessions to students hosted by community children's centers, school districts and other community agencies. In addition, members recruit and engage volunteers and service-learning participants to assist in member’s projects and assignments. (Allegheny, Beaver, Clarion, Clearfield, Elk, Erie, Forest, Jefferson, Lawrence, McKean, Mercer and Venango Counties.)
Lycoming-Clinton Counties Commission for Community Action, (STEP) Inc. - Community Connect AmeriCorps Program
Community Connect AmeriCorps Program serves the region to provide economic opportunity for low income/disadvantaged individuals and families within Lycoming, Clinton and Tioga Counties. Partnering with various non-profit agencies and schools, members will serve in various capacities at individual sites that address youth development and leadership, education (including pre-school and K-12), health, housing, and community needs. Also, members as a team will identify and provide opportunities for youth to become engaged in their community, and promote volunteer generation for people of all ages.
Lycoming-Clinton Counties Commission for Community Action, (STEP) Inc.
2138 Lincoln Street
Williamsport, PA 17701
Philadelphia Education Fund – The Philadelphia Teacher Residency
AmeriCorps members will co-teach math or science with an experienced mentor teacher is a high need high school for the School District of Philadelphia. Members will employ specific techniques to increase student engagement and enhance their students’ overall learning opportunities. In doing so, members will enrich math and science teaching and learning in five schools within the School District of Philadelphia. (Philadelphia County)
Diana Campbell, Director
Philadelphia Education Fund
1709 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Suite 700
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Phone: 215-665-1400 ext. 3325
Philadelphia Youth For Change Charter School, Inc. - YouthBuild Philadelphia Technology Program
AmeriCorps members will improve access to technology by refurbishing donated computers, and providing technology training and support to low-income individuals, schools, faith-based and community organizations. (Philadelphia County)
Playworks Philadelphia is part of a national nonprofit that improves the health and well-being of children by increasing opportunities for physical activity, while offering safe, meaningful play at schools during recess, throughout the school day, and beyond. AmeriCorps members will serve as school program coordinators at 10 elementary schools in Philadelphia. Members will help children learn how to resolve conflicts, how to take turns, how to lose with dignity and how to win with grace—thus providing the foundation for critical life skills of self-reflection and self-control. (Philadelphia County)
Marjorie Nightingale, Executive Director
228 Krams Ave, Suite 300
Philadelphia, PA 19127
Phone: 267-297-4677 ext. 22
Teach For America - Greater Philadelphia
Teach For America – Greater Philadelphia provides a critical source of well-trained teachers who are helping break the local cycle of educational inequity. AmeriCorps members teach for two years throughout schools in the greater Philadelphia region, going above and beyond traditional expectations to help their students achieve at high levels. Teach For America – Greater Philadelphia provides pre-service and ongoing support and professional development to allow corps members to lead students to achieve more than one year of academic growth through the course of the school year. Armed with the experience, conviction, and insight that come from leading children to fulfill their potential, our alumni are working from all sectors to shape our schools, policies, and investments in low-income communities.
Union-Snyder Community Action Agency - C.O.R.E. Susquehanna
C.O.R.E. Susquehanna, centered in Snyder County partners with approximately twenty non-profit service sites in seven central Pa counties to help provide solutions for a range of human service and educational needs (Juniata, Mifflin, Montour, Northumberland, Snyder and Union Counties)
United Way of York County - SecureCorps
Working with community partners, SecureCorps will help local nonprofit agencies prepare to offer services during a disaster and assist the business community in effectively engaging in those services via donation management and volunteerism. (Berks, Cumberland, Dauphin, Indiana, Lancaster, Lehigh, Perry, Schuylkill, Scranton & York Counties)
EDUCATION AWARD ONLY PROGRAMS
These AmeriCorps members do not receive a living allowance, healthcare, or childcare benefits. They receive only an education award at the successful completion of their terms based upon the number of hours they serve.
Pennsylvania Campus Compact – AmeriCorps Community Fellows
The purpose of the AmeriCorps Community Fellows program is to address compelling community needs in the areas of college access and success, while developing college students as active citizens. AmeriCorps Community Fellows of Pennsylvania are college students who serve in K-12 schools and community-based after-school organizations in order to enhance at-risk students’ college access and readiness. Community Fellows work with at-risk children and youth to provide career awareness and study skills development, standardized test preparation, and college and career information workshops. They also encourage one-on-one advising through high school guidance counseling and pursuing college visits, assist students in the college application process, guide youth to finding resources for financing college, and help school faculty create a school-wide-college-going culture. Over 30 colleges and universities in Pennsylvania will be served through this statewide initiative.
Amy Carraux Price, AmeriCorps Program Director
Pennsylvania Campus Compact
28 S. Dewberry Street, Box 8
Harrisburg, PA 17101
Phone: 717-796-5072 ext. 3
Philadelphia Higher Education Network For Neighborhood Development (PHENND) Scholars in Service to Pennsylvania
Scholars in Service to PA is a campus-based AmeriCorps program. Students at over 40 colleges and universities across the Commonwealth perform significant services to their community in a variety of settings, including schools, community centers, nursing homes, shelters, and food cupboards.