Benefits of AmeriCorps service

Benefits of AmeriCorps service

Build sustainable solutions in the community. Gain valuable real-world experiences. Prepare for your future.

Why Habitat AmeriCorps?

  • Raises your awareness of the social issues that face your community.
  • Provides you an opportunity to learn and develop new skills and confidence.
  • Helps you gain hands-on project management experience.
  • Increases your knowledge of service and engagement.
  • Maximizes your construction and homebuilding experience.
  • Improves your performance at a future job.

You can help strengthen communities and families through your service.

Service length

  • AmeriCorps National
    A complete term of service lasts 46.5 weeks or approximately 10.5 months following a completion of 1,700 service hours.
  • AmeriCorps VISTA
    A complete term of service lasts one year, where you typically serve about 40 hours each week.

Benefits

  • Living allowance minimum of $13,992 for a full 46.5 weeks of service.
  • The Segal Education Award of $5,920 following successful completion of service with a lifetime maximum of two awards.
    • The education award is good for seven years from the end of service and can be used to repay your qualified student loans or for your future education at eligible schools. National members age 55 and older at the start of service may be eligible to transfer the award to certain family members.
  • Possible forbearance of your qualified student loan, including accrued interest payments after the successful completion of the term of service.  
  • Health plan benefits – eligible for an Affordable Care Act compliant-health plan.
  • Childcare benefits, if you qualify.
  • Inclusion in a Member Assistance Program that offers counseling and financial planning resources.
  • Worker’s compensation.
  • Living allowance ranging from $12,311 to $24,119; the amount is determined by your specific service location, yet most locations are on the lower end of the range.
  • The Segal Education Award of $5,920 with a lifetime maximum of two awards or an end-of-service stipend of $1,800 following your successful completion of service.
    • The education award is good for seven years from your completion of service and can be used to repay your qualified student loans or for your future education at eligible schools.
  • Possible forbearance of your qualified student loan, including accrued interest payments after the successful completion of the term of service.  
  • Health plan benefits.
    • Members who are not legally exempt from maintaining health care coverage are expected to have primary health coverage outside of VISTA. The plan benefits provide support to existing coverage to supplement some out-of-pocket, nonpremium costs of a plan that is secured on your own. This plan is not insurance and does not meet the requirements of the Affordable Care Act.
  • Childcare benefits, if you qualify.
  • Relocation travel allowance minimum of $750 for members relocating more than 50 miles to serve.
  • Non-competitive hiring status for federal government jobs for one year following your service.
“AmeriCorps is a great journey. It’s growth.”
— Vanessa Dingee, Habitat AmeriCorps alum