AmeriCorps Program

The Advancement Foundation is the Southwest Virginia Intermediary for AmeriCorps State.  AmeriCorps State Members make a year-long, full-time commitment to serve at a nonprofit. 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. 

What do AmeriCorps State Members do?

AmeriCorps State Members recruit, train, and supervise community volunteers, and can engage in direct services, including but not limited to tutoring children in reading; helping to run an after-school program; engaging in community clean-up projects; 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.

Examples of Direct Service Activities

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

There are no AmeriCorps State positions available through The Advancement Foundation at this time.


Interested in learning more? Contact Judy Wood,

Judy Wood, Vice President