Each year, more than 80,000 AmeriCorps volunteers scattered about the country work tirelessly to make our country safer, healthier, and stronger. Since its inception as part of the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), over one million AmeriCorps volunteers have served more than 1.4 billion hours and motivated over 2.3 million Americans to volunteer alongside them.

That’s a huge volunteer force, right?

Let’s take a closer look at the impact and outcomes of this volunteering giant.

What key areas does AmeriCorps serve?

Through its three branches – State and National, VISTA, and NCCC – AmeriCorps strives to build stronger communities by targeting the following areas: education, economic opportunity, disaster relief, healthy futures, environmental stewardships, and veterans and military families. Combined, these efforts help fortify, rebuild, and educate communities around the country.

How has AmeriCorps affected American communities?

Through community-based programs, non-profit initiatives, and disaster relief efforts, AmeriCorps volunteers have assisted disadvantaged communities, enhanced the capabilities of non-profit organizations, and aided the recovery of areas destroyed by natural disasters. Hard evidence of AmeriCorps’ impact doesn’t lie; in fact, measurements of AmeriCorps’ impact are quite impressive:

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