AmeriCorps Virginia
for America

What is AmeriCorps?

AmeriCorps is a U.S. federal government program that was created under President Bill Clinton by the National and Community Service Trust Act of 1993 as a way for Americans to give back to their communities and country.

The organization was founded to encourage citizens to strengthen their communities through acts of service. Today, thousands of AmeriCorps volunteers contribute to a culture of compassion by tackling the nation’s toughest problems, working to make our communities safer and healthier, and improving the lives of tens of millions of children, families, and adults in need.

AmeriCorps members work in a variety of areas including education, public safety, health, and the environment through direct service and capacity-building. Since its beginning, AmeriCorps members have provided more than 637 million hours of service.

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Arlington Works! is funded by AmeriCorps*State through the state of Virginia.

AmeriCorps*State operates through the Virginia Office on Volunteerism and Community Service (OCVS) and the Governor-appointed Advisory Board on National and Community Service to provide grants to public and nonprofit organizations that sponsor service programs throughout Virginia, including faith-based and community organizations, higher education institutions, and public agencies. Grants assist these groups in recruiting, training and placing more than 740 AmeriCorps members to meet critical community needs in education, public safety, health, and the environment across Virginia. Since 1994, more than 10,000 Virginia residents have served over 15 million hours and qualified for AmeriCorps Education Awards totaling nearly $29,000,000.

Learn more about Virginia's AmeriCorps*State program at Learn more about the other AmeriCorps projects funded by AmeriCorps*State at

Arlington Works! is proud to serve alongside these other AmeriCorps programs in Northern Virginia:

 ChildThrive!                          Learning Links                LCNV


Learning Links                   Literacy Council of Northern Virginia