What is AmeriCorps?

AmeriCorps is the federal agency connecting individuals and organizations to tackle the nation’s most pressing challenges. AmeriCorps focuses on these key areas to make an impact: economic opportunity, disaster response, education, environmental stewardship, healthy futures, and veterans and military families.


AmeriCorps VISTA: VISTA (Volunteer in Service to America) provides indirect service for organizations by creating and implementing programs.

AmeriCorps State and National: provide direct service to the organization to effectively utilize volunteers to meet critical community needs.

Benefits of AmeriCorps:

  • Skills for the future
  • Living allowance of $13,000-$17,000
  • Free room and board for select positions 
  • Health insurance and workers compensation insurance (or equivalent)
  • Forbearance of qualified student loans and payment of interest that accrues during the term of service.

Positions at Lynchburg Habitat: 

  • Construction Crew Leader – 10.5-month commitment: Learn how to build a Habitat house. This position is on the build sites Tuesday-Saturday helping with volunteers and all construction tasks over the course of the builds. Learn more HERE! Typically serve Tuesday – Saturday on the build site.
    • Assist with all aspects of hands-on construction tasks including, but not limited to, demolition, site prep, framing, insulation, drywall, flooring, roofing, finish carpentry and landscaping.
    • Projects may include new construction, rehabilitation, critical home repair and weatherization projects.
    • Lead small groups of volunteers and facilitate safe and positive experiences for everyone working on site.
    • Maintain site safety by adhering to Habitat construction safety policies, modeling best practices and guidelines, volunteer education, and site monitoring.
    • Benefits:
      *Living allowance of $17,000
      *Free Room and Board
      *Segal Education Award of $6,495, upon successful completion of service.
      *Health care benefits and enrollment in Employee Assistance Plan.
      *Personal and medical leave — approximately 10 days total.
      *Possible forbearance or deferment of qualified student loans.
      *Child care benefits, if you qualify.
      *Worker’s compensation insurance.

How to join

To join Habitat AmeriCorps, an applicant must be a U.S. citizen, national or lawful permanent resident at least 18 or older, and have a high school diploma or GED. There may be additional requirements that will be noted on each individual posting.

Application process:
  • Search open positions on Habitat for Humanity International, apply, and include your resume with the application.
  • If qualified, you will interview with staff from the local Habitat affiliate.
  • If selected, accept the verbal offer and complete the pre-enrollment requirements.
  • Begin service with your local Habitat organization.