AmeriCorps Programs

United Way of Greenville County furthers its work in financial stability with assistance from two AmeriCorps programs: AmeriCorps Upstate and Bridges. Our programs focus on financial stability and educational outcomes for the community, but deliver the results in different ways.

Both of our programs are full-time service opportunities.

Click on the images below to learn more about each program:

 

     

 

Frequently Asked Questions

What is AmeriCorps?
AmeriCorps (pronounced Ameri-CORE) is an opportunity to serve your community. Click here to watch a short video from the Corporation for National and Community Service to help you understand more of what we do.
Why join our team?
  • Tap into your passion
  • Grow your career with professional development opportunities
  • Make an impact in the community
What is the application process like?
1) Create a profile and application on my.americorps.gov.
 
2) Submit your application to the program(s) of your choice. Our programs are AmeriCorps Upstate and VISTA Bridges.
 
3) Interview: Program staff reviews applications and invites chosen candidates to an initial interview. 
 
a) Initial Interview: Meet with program staff. We provide a general overview of AmeriCorps and assess if you are the right fit for our program and team.
 
b) Site Specific Interview: If you are selected to move on to the second round of interviews, you will be matched with sites that match your interests in and skills. A contact from the site will interview you and discuss the specifics of the role at that location. 
 
4) Site Match: Finally, both the applicant and the site will let program staff know if they feel the site match is a good fit. When all parties agree, successful applicants will be sent an acceptance letter with information about next steps.
 
5) Enrollment: Applicant submits paperwork to staff and completes background check process. 
 
6) Begin Service: New team members attend orientation with the team in Greenville, SC in August.
 
7) Make a Difference! – Start at your host site and give a year of service to the community!
How can I choose between AmeriCorps and VISTA?
AmeriCorps members serve one-on-one with clients while VISTA members assist the agencies who serve the clients.
 
If you enjoy interacting directly with people in need on a daily basis and like being in the midst of the action, we recommend AmeriCorps. For the position description, please click here
 
If you thrive in improving systems and making things run more smoothly while working behind the scenes, we recommend VISTA. For the position description, please click here.
What can I do as a VISTA member?
Our VISTA members serve at partner sites around Greenville County and are part of a 10-person team. The group focuses on helping financial stability agencies become more effective and efficient through activities such as grant writing, networking, database management, communications, and more.  Read more about our VISTA Bridges project here.
What would I do as a member of the AmeriCorps Upstate team?
Team members serve directly at a partner site for an 11-month term helping individuals and families on the road to the Cycle of Success. You would serve full-time coaching clients in ways to increase their personal income, build savings, and gain and sustain assets. We have 4 main focuses:
  • VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance)
  • Workforce Development (assisting clients with job training and education) 
  • Stabilization Services (benefit application assistance and connecting clients with community resources) 
  • Financial Literacy (teach financial literacy to clients) 
 
Click here for more information about the programs our AmeriCorps Upstate Team offers.
How long would I serve?
AmeriCorps Upstate terms run from mid-August through the end of July each year. Members must serve 1700 hours over the 11.5 month service term; average about 36 hours per week. Time management is up to the team member. 
 
VISTA Bridges terms run from August – August. Members serve full-time at their service site for one full-year. There is no specific hour requirement and VISTAs are allowed 10 sick days and 10 personal days.
Who are your partner sites?
We collaborate with other United Ways and partner agencies to host AmeriCorps members so they can connect with the community. Below is a list of our current partners for the upcoming 2017-2018 service year:
AmeriCorps Upstate:
United Way of Greenville County 
Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program
Community Works Carolina
Community Works Carolina Federal Credit Union
Goodwill (Berea, Easley and Simpsonville locations)
United Ministries
Greenville Technical College
Greenville Literacy Association
Greer Relief
Rebuild Upstate
Mill Community Ministries
Life Long Learning
United Way of Pickens
United Way of Laurens County
United Way of Anderson County
Dream Center
Pickens County DSS
Behavioral Health
AIM
Upstate Family Resource Center
 
VISTA Bridges:
United Way of Greenville County
Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program
Greenville County Human Relations Commission
United Ministries
Mill Community Ministries
Goodwill Industries
Upstate Warrior Solutions
Rebuild Upstate
Hispanic Alliance
How can I learn more about the AmeriCorps and VISTA experience?
Check out our team on social media to see Member of the Week features as well as photos from our events. 

Contact Us:

Still have questions? Contact us at americorpsupstate@unitedwaygc.org.