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 economic mobility coaching to create a personalized plan to help clients define and reach long-term goals. Members are also IRS-certified to provide 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.
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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.
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Team members serve directly at a partner site for an 11-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:
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 late-August through the end of July. Members must serve 1,700 hours over the 11-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 (2022-2023) service year:
United Way of Greenville County (Grant Holder)
United Way of Laurens County (Partner)
United Way of Pickens County (Partner)
Greenville Technical College
Lifelong Learning: Sullivan Center
Root & Rebound
SC Empowerment Centre
Step by Step Reentry Project
Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA)
If you’re interested in hosting an AmeriCorps member at your organization, please complete our host site interest form.
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