Year of Service

Thinking about what to do next?  Consider a YEAR OF SERVICE

The Center for Work and Service provides ample resources for students considering pursuing a career in service.  Through opportunities such as Service Groups, Wellesley Serves Grants, Alternative Breaks, and the Lumpkin Summer Institute for Service Learning students are introduced to volunteer and professional opportunities.  While there are many opportunities to pursue a career in service, AmeriCorps is the predominant federally funded organization.

Many students will decided to complete a year of service in which they can serve their community and develop skills that could further professional ambitions while receiving education awards, living stipends and loan deferment. To aid students as they consider a year of service the CWS has compiled the following resources. In addition to these resources, students are encouraged to make an appointment with Katie Koski to learn more about AmeriCorps and related opportunities.

The Corporation for National Community Service (CNCS)  is a federal agency that engages more than 5 million Americans in service through its core programs -- Senior Corps, AmeriCorps, and the Social Innovation Fund. As the nation’s largest grant maker for service and volunteering, CNCS plays a critical role in strengthening America’s nonprofit sector and addressing our nation’s challenges through service.

  • AmeriCorps State and National supports a wide range of local service programs that engage thousands of Americans in intensive community service each year. It provide 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. Each of these organizations and agencies, in turn, uses their AmeriCorps funding to recruit, place, and supervise AmeriCorps members nationwide.  Members serves for 10-12 months.
  • AmeriCorps VISTA serve low-income communities to assist impoverished individuals and communities attain self-sufficiency.  VISTAs serve full-time for a year with nonprofit groups, public agencies, and faith-based organizations, working to fight illiteracy, improve health services, create and expand business, increase housing opportunities, and bridge the digital divide.  Unlike AmeriCorps members who provide direct service, AmeriCorps VISTAs are engaged in capacity building activities such as fundraising/grant-writing, developing systems, creating training programs, etc.
  • AmeriCorps NCCC (National Civilian Community Corps) strengthens communities and develops leaders through direct, team-based national and community service. In partnership with non-profits—secular and faith based—local municipalities, state governments, federal government, national and state parks, Indian tribes, and schools, members complete service projects throughout the region they are assigned. AmeriCorps NCCC is a full-time, team-based, residential program for men and women age 18-24.


**The following table provides a sample of AmeriCorps placements in each program. To learn more, please visit the CNCS website.**








Disaster Services

  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Washington Conservation Corps
  • Rebuilding Together Capacity Corps
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • American Red Cross
  • The Red Cross
  • Ready! Tennessee Rural Intiative
  • FEMA Corps
  • American Red Cross
  • Raising Hope Together

Economic Opportunity

  • Public Allies
  • Local Initiatives Support Corporation
  • Urban Safety Project
  • Campus Compact
  • Solid Group
  • Women's Intiative for Self-Employment



  • Boston Teacher Residency
  • Match Corps
  • City Year
  • Teach For America
  • HandsOn Corps
  • Union Settlement Association (Adult Education VISTA)
  • Iowa Public Television - Ready for School Initiative


Environmental Stewardship

  • EarthCorps
  • GreenCorps
  • Parasol AmeriCorps
  • UVM Youth Agriculture Project
  • Green Collar Job Creation Program
  • Southwest Conservation Corps


Health Futures

  • National HealthCorps
  • Healthy Kids, Healthy Communities
  • Project LINC
  • Community HealthCorps
  • College HealthCorps
  • IPHA


Veterans and Military Families

  • VetCorps
  • Veteran Justice Corps
  • Veterans AmeriCorps Initiative
  • Troops to Teachers
  • Veteran Family Services
  • VetCorps