AmeriCorps Program

The Advancement Foundation is the Southwest Virginia Intermediary for AmeriCorps State.  AmeriCorps State Members make a commitment to serve at a nonprofit for a designated period of time (Full time = 1,700 hours, Three-quarter time = 1,200 hours). They focus their efforts to build the capacity of organizations that fight illiteracy, improve health services, foster economic development, and assist low-income communities.

What is AmeriCorps State?

AmeriCorps State provides grants to a broad network of public and nonprofit organizations that sponsor AmeriCorps service programs around the country. Grants provide assistance to programs to recruit, train, and supervise AmeriCorps members meeting critical community needs in the areas of: education, disaster services, health, environmental stewardship, economic opportunity and service to veterans and military families.

The purpose of AmeriCorps State is to engage AmeriCorps members in direct service and capacity-building to address critical community needs. The grant applicant designs service activities for a team of members serving full- or part-time for one year or during the summer.

Sample activities include tutoring and mentoring youth, providing job placement assistance to unemployed individuals, addressing childhood obesity through in-school and after-school physical activities, and weatherizing and retrofitting housing units for low-income households. AmeriCorps State members also mobilize community volunteers and strengthen the capacity of the organizations where they serve. 

Examples of AmeriCorps State Direct Service Activities:

  • Tutoring children in reading;
  • Helping to run an after-school program;
  • Engaging in community clean-up projects;
  • Providing resources to increase financial literacy;
  • Providing health information to a vulnerable population;
  • Providing relief services to a community affected by a disaster; and
  • Conducting a neighborhood watch program as part of a public safety effort

Currently AmeriCorps State positions are available through The Advancement Foundation serving:

REACH Real Experience Affecting CHange: Assist volunteers in understanding the lasting effects of poverty through the Escape From Poverty Room. And, a Food Distribution member who will utilize existing food distribution systems by connecting and engaging volunteer groups.

The McLeod Foundation: assist in enrolling, coordinating, and supporting 30 families in a specific financial literacy program

Alleghany Foundation: Recruit volunteers to help revitalize gardens and with the corridor curb appeal efforts.

The Advancement Foundation: Recruit mentors who will coach new entrepreneurs, increase the number of new and early stage high growth companies to the Innovation Mill, coordinate the Financial Peace trainings.

RAMP: Support activities designed to propel high-potential business startups and create science and technology jobs.


Interested in learning more? Contact Judy Wood,

Judy Wood, Vice President