About Americorps

Nationally, AmeriCorps is known as the domestic Peace Corps and provides a huge array of services to those in need. The AmeriCorps Volunteer Infrastructure Project (VIP) is designed to address the significant challenges faced by California communities due to the recent economic downturn.

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Through the program, teams of AmeriCorps members will be placed in communities to develop volunteer programs,harnessing the desire to serve to directly impact communities in need. Specifically, these non-profits will focus on providing services to children and their families.

All positions are full time (1700 hours per term of service). Service terms run 11-12 months. The positions focus on building the capacity of the agency by building and strengthening volunteer programs in community agencies.

AmeriCorps is not a job; it is a paid service experience. All positions pay a yearly living allowance of about $15,000 throughout the term of service and an educational award upon completion.

Americorps VIPs

The following students are our 2017-2018 Americorps VIPs:

  • Crystal Andon -Community Garden Project of Everyone's Harvest
  • David Michael DeGuzman - ALBA
  • Steven Dean - Chinatown Community Learning Center
  • Tyler Gidney - Service Learning Institute-Student Leader Program
  • Giovanni Ibarra - Watershed Institute
  • Linda Segovia - Loaves Fishes Computers
  • Megan Mock - United Way of Monterey County
  • Sharon Forrest - Neighborhood Center at United Methodist Church
  • Heather O'Brien - Veteran's Transition Center
  • Emily Burton - Hope, Horses, and Kids

Interested in becoming a member?

  • AmeriCorps is not a job; it is a paid service experience, AmeriCorps members are not employees of the agency; they are AmeriCorps members serving at a host site.
  • AmeriCorps is a 11-12 month service commitment that will begin in early September 2018 for the next service year.
  • Members receive a living allowance, paid twice monthly in equal installments throughout the term of service.
  • Full-time members (1700hours) are eligible for health insurance and subsidized child-care for the length of their service term.
  • AmeriCorps offers an opportunity to gain new skills and experience the tremendous satisfaction that comes from helping others.
  • All positions are full-time (1700 hours/year).
  • The positions focus on building the capacity of agencies by building and strengthening volunteer programs in community agencies.
  • Upon successful completion of AmeriCorps service, members become eligible for an education award that can be used to pay for college and some work training programs or repay outstanding student loans.
  • The education award for full time members is about $5,600.00

Become and Americorps VIP

The Service Learning Institute of CSUMB hosts an AmeriCorps VIP (Volunteer Infrastructure Program) that places 10-12 AmeriCorps members with local Monterey County agencies or with CSUMB’s Service Learning or Watershed Institutes.

Recruitment for these positions begins in early March 2018 with selection of members by late May 2018. Service will begin in early September 2018 and will run through August 2019.

Candidates for the CSUMB AmeriCorps Positions should submit to Laura Lee Lienk the following:

  1. Resume and cover letter explaining why you wish to apply to AmeriCorps
  2. AmeriCorps application

For more information:

A complete list of the 10-12 CSUMB AmeriCorps service sites for 2018-2019 will be available in Mid-March 2018. Visit the AmeriCorps website for more information on the service experience.

Americorps VIPs across the country: