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Every day, Ohioans are making extraordinary contributions to the communities where they live, work, and play. Learn more about the impact AmeriCorps members and volunteers have on the communities they serve, stay current on service and volunteerism trends, and be the first to know about upcoming funding opportunities, events, and special initiatives.


Rebeccah Verhoff-Kiss, Outreach & Education Officer, ServeOhio


Ohio AmeriCorps: Getting Things Done for 25 Years

I will get things done for America – to make our people safer, smarter and healthier. I will bring Americans together to strengthen our communities. Faced with apathy, I will take action. Faced with conflict, I will seek common ground. Faced with adversity, I will persevere. I will carry this commitment with me this year and beyond. I am an AmeriCorps member, and I will get things done.

Each year – for the past 25 years – thousands of Americans have taken this pledge to become AmeriCorps members. They come together with a common commitment to build community and improve lives through service. Putting aside their own needs and individual challenges, they share a transformational experience that benefits both themselves and the neighborhoods in which they live.

AmeriCorps is a national service program funded by the Corporation for National and Community Service that requires participants to provide intensive service to boost education outcomes, improve economic opportunity, promote healthy futures or protect the environment. A full-time AmeriCorps member performs 1,700 hours of service in a term that lasts nine to 12 months. In exchange, they receive a modest living stipend, post-service education award, extensive professional development and – most importantly – an experience that informs their future work and civic engagement.

In Ohio, AmeriCorps programs are administered by ServeOhio, the state’s Commission on Service and Volunteerism. As a state service commission, ServeOhio works with nonprofit, government and community organizations to increase the effective utilization of AmeriCorps members and community volunteers. ServeOhio makes national service local – ensuring that resources are dedicated to building high-impact service initiatives that address each community’s most pressing needs.

This program year (2019-2020), ServeOhio will support over 900 AmeriCorps members placed in 500 service sites across the state. Collectively these members will provide 1.2 million hours of service in local communities. As part of that service, AmeriCorps members are eligible for over $4.2 million in scholarship funds to be utilized for future higher education pursuits or to repay qualified student loans.

Since its inception in 1994, over 1.1 million Americans have served in AmeriCorps; providing more than 1.5 billion hours of service to local communities across the country and earning more than $3.6 billion in education awards. And the benefits continue post-service – 90% of AmeriCorps alumni report that their national service experience improved their ability to solve problems; 80% say that AmeriCorps benefitted their career path; and 79% remain civically engaged in their communities.

In the past 25 years, more than 35,000 Ohio residents have stepped forward and committed to AmeriCorps – giving 65 million hours of service and earning $118.2 million in education awards. As this year’s class of AmeriCorps members take the pledge and begin their service journey, they can find strength and pride in the legacy of those who have come before them. Together they will lift up Ohio and build stronger communities by increasing academic achievement, fighting poverty, boosting positive health outcomes and creating pathways to environmental sustainability. They are AmeriCorps members and they get things done.

- Written by William Hall, ServeOhio Executive Director

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