When it comes to enrolling in AmeriCorps, Utah residents rank fourth among states, according to new data released Aug. 15 by the Corporation for National and Community Service, the federal agency that administers the AmeriCorps program and leads the nation’s national service and volunteer programs.
“The service our AmeriCorps members provide is an incredible force for social impact across the State of Utah, and a reflection of the significance all of our community members dedicate to service,” said Elizabeth Oliver, national service program manager at UServeUtah. “Each member providing crucial services at every school, health clinic, homeless shelter, land rehabilitation center and hundreds of other site locations brings our community together and strengthens our culture of service.”
AmeriCorps programs in Utah include the Utah STEM Initiative program, The Boys and Girls Clubs of Weber-Davis, BYU Family Home and Social Science program, Utah Conservation Corps, Utah Higher Education AmeriCorps Network, Canyon Country Youth Corps, Utah Healthcare Corps, Salt Lake County’s Most Vulnerable Populations, Playworks, and the Senior Charity Care Foundation.
This fall marks the 25th anniversary of the AmeriCorps program, and in that time more than 18,000 residents of Utah have given more than 17 million hours of service to their country and received more than $42.4 million in scholarships, according to a press release from the Utah Department of Heritage and Arts. “Last year, more than 2,000 AmeriCorps members met pressing local needs across Utah, making a lasting impact while gaining valuable skills and experience to advance their careers,” said a statement in the press release.
“For more than two decades, dedicated Americans have chosen to prepare students for college, reduce crime and revitalize cities, connect veterans to jobs, fight the opioid epidemic, rebuild communities following disasters, preserve public lands, strengthen education, foster economic opportunity, and more through the national service program,” said the press release. Every year, 75,000 AmeriCorps members serve through 21,000-plus schools, nonprofits, and community and faith-based organizations across the country.
Those interested in joining AmeriCorps can learn more at AmeriCorps.gov/Join.