What is AmeriCorps?

AmeriCorps is an opportunity to make a big difference in your life and in the lives of those around you. It’s a chance to apply your skills and ideals toward helping others and meeting critical needs in the community.

Each year, AmeriCorps offers 75,000 opportunities for adults of all ages and backgrounds to serve through a network of partnerships with local and national nonprofit groups. Whether your service makes a community safer, gives a child a second chance, or helps protect the environment, you’ll be getting things done through AmeriCorps! AmeriCorps members address critical needs in communities all across America.

As an AmeriCorps member, you can:

  • Tutor and mentor disadvantaged youth
  • Manage or operate after-school programs
  • Help communities respond to disasters
  • Build organizational capacity
  • Improve Financial Literacy

Serving in Lake, Porter, LaPorte and Marshall Counties.

Who Can Apply?

  • 18 years of age at commencement of service.
  • US Citizen, US national, or lawful permanent resident alien of the US.
  • Have a high school diploma or an equivalency certificate (or agrees to obtain a high school diploma or its equivalency).

How do I Apply?
Open the AmeriCorps website and you will be able to apply to our program. Remember to save each page as you go. At the end of the application, please remember to submit it to the United Way of Porter County program in Indiana. There is a menu on the left side that says "submit" in red letters. In the pull down menu, choose "educations" and in the state menu, choose "Indiana." Porter County will appear in the menu of programs; this is the program that you will submit your application for. When you have completed the application and submitted it to our program, please email Maddie GrimmAmeriCorps Program Director, for verification and to set up an interview.

Benefits of Service

As an AmeriCorps member, you’ll gain new skills and experiences—and you’ll also find the tremendous satisfaction that comes from helping others. In addition, full-time members who complete their service earn a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award to pay for college, graduate school or to pay back qualified student loans. Members who serve part-time receive a partial award. AmeriCorps members also receive a modest living allowance during their term of service. Members ages 55+ can donate their education award to their children, grandchildren and foster children. Loan forbearance is also available to AmeriCorps members during their term of service. Childcare and health insurance benefits are available for full-time 1700 hour positions.

Interested in Being a Host Site?
Please look through the agency page and contact Maddie Grimm for more details.

This material is based upon work supported by the Corporation for National and Community Service under AmeriCorps Grant No. 15AFHIN0010010. Opinions or points of view expressed in this document are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the official position of, or a position that is endorsed by, the Corporation or the AmeriCorps program. Grievance procedures for sites and members may be viewed here.

“This program is available to all, without regard to race, color, national origin, disability, age, sex, political affiliation, or religion.”