AmeriCorps Upstate

Find your path with AmeriCorps Upstate.

AmeriCorps Upstate creates access to services for people in need. Our members connect Upstate families and individuals with community resources like financial classes and tools, educational programs, food, and social service applications for SNAP benefits and Medicaid. Our members provide financial education opportunities through classes and one-on-one sessions, and free tax preparation through our Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. By placing our members at local nonprofits and other services locations, we are able to support opportunities that improve economic mobility and create vibrant communities for all in Greenville County.

AmeriCorps Upstate creates greater access to programs and services across the Upstate of South Carolina. United Way of Greenville County, United Way of Pickens County, United Way of Laurens County and United Way of Anderson work in collaboration and alongside area nonprofits to partner, share best practices, leverage resources and gather measurable results to find sustainable outcomes for our local communities. United Way of Greenville County serves as the grantee and administrator for this effort.

Click here for our AmeriCorps Upstate position description and application information.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Modest living allowance of up to $15,100 per year
  • Segal Education Award of $6,345 at the end of service year (toward existing student debt or continued education)
  • Health coverage
  • Childcare benefits
  • Federal student loan forbearance
  • Payment of student loan interest on eligible loans
  • Monthly professional development training
  • Skill-building opportunities

Our application opens each spring and stays open until all positions are filled or for one month after orientation, whichever occurs first. If our application is not currently open, please fill out this information form and we will contact you when it reopens.

  1. Create a profile and application on my.americorps.gov.
  2. Complete and save your general application in the MyAmeriCorps system.
  3. Submit your application to our specific program: AmeriCorps Upstate

To help guide you through the application process, download this step-by-step tutorial.

  1. Initial Interview | Selected applicant meets with program staff. We provide a general overview of AmeriCorps and assess if you are the right fit for our program and team.
  2. Site Specific Interview | If selected to continue, you will be matched with sites that fit your interests and skills. A site partner will interview you and discuss the specifics of the role at that location.
  3. Site Match | Applicant and 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.
  4. Enrollment | Applicant submits paperwork to staff and completes background check process. 
  5. Begin Service | New team members attend orientation with the team in Greenville, S.C. in August.
  6. Make a Difference! | Start at your host site and give a year of service to the community!

Team members serve directly at a partner site for an 11.5-month term helping individuals and families on the road to economic mobility. You serve full-time coaching clients in ways that aim to increase their personal income, build savings, and gain and sustain assets. Your daily duties could vary widely depending on your host site placement. In general, you would be spending time on the following three focus areas:

  • Resource Navigation | Case management, crisis assistance, connecting clients with community resources and helping people apply for benefits through Thrive Hub
  • Financial Literacy | Teaching financial literacy to clients individually or in a classroom setting
  • VITA: Volunteer Income Tax Assistance | Free tax preparation at community locations

Our entire team is trained on tax preparation and is mobilized during the 10-week tax season to help at local free tax clinics through the VITA program. During this time (late January–mid-April) team members’ schedules vary from the norm; you may have some evening or Saturday morning service hours depending on your placement.

AmeriCorps Upstate terms run from mid-August through the end of July. Members must serve 1,700 hours over the 11.5-month service term, averaging about 36 hours per week. Time management is up to the team member and the schedule varies by site. Hours are longer during tax season, including some evening and Saturday morning hours.

We collaborate with other local United Ways and partner agencies to host AmeriCorps members so they can connect with the community. Sites reapply each year, so this list may vary. Below is a list of our partners for the upcoming (2021-2022) service year:

 

United Way of Greenville County (Grant Holder)
United Way of Laurens County (Partner)
United Way of Pickens County (Partner)
AIM Charity
Family Promise of Laurens County
Goodwill Industries, Simpsonville
Greenlink
Greenville Technical College
Greer Relief
Lifelong Learning: Sullivan Center
Mill Village Farms
OnTrack Greenville
Rebuild Upstate
Root & Rebound
SC Empowerment Centre
United Ministries
Upstate Warrior Solution
Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA)

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