Since the 1960s, AmeriCorps has dedicated their resources to underserved communities. Once known as the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), AmeriCorps received its name in 1993. AmeriCorps specializes in bringing diverse Americans together to help those in need. Focusing on senior care, taking care of the environment, and protecting the rights of people. In 1994, AmeriCorps established their pledge to ‘get things done right for America’.
AmeriCorps members are stationed in various regions throughout the country. Around eighty thousand citizens join AmeriCorps each year to tackle different challenges. This includes increasing access to health care,
Both AmeriCorps and Legacy’s missions align in strengthening their communities and improving the lives of many. Driving healthy change through dedicated service and volunteering is a vision both programs embrace. In the first year of Legacy’s partnership with AmeriCorps, Legacy received the resources to hire 25 Full Time Employees. Today, Legacy’s AmeriCorps has grown to total of 70 members.
AmeriCorps Members receive benefits which include biweekly pay, health insurance, student loan forbearance, and an education award if hours are completed.
Now you must wonder, what do members do within Legacy?
AmeriCorps members are not just employees, volunteers, staff, or interns at Legacy. They are considered members because they spend three months to a year dedicating their skills to Legacy’s community members in need. Members enroll in distinct positions within Legacy:
- AmeriCorps- Community Health Advocate: Reduces barriers to accessing healthcare services through connecting Legacy patients to resources that address social determinants of health.
- AmeriCorps- Maternal and Child Health Program Specialists: Serves as one of Legacy’s Peripartum-Pediatric Navigator who supports high-risk pregnant patients.
- AmeriCorps-Literacy Coordinator: Connects Legacy’s pediatric patients and their families with literacy resources that help address social determinants of health.
- AmeriCorps- Social Services Linkage Worker: collaborates closely with social workers to identify specific needs of underserved populations.
- AmeriCorps- Outreach and Enrollment Specialist: assist patients with receiving healthcare services through community outreach.
- AmeriCorps- Community Health Worker: Provide outreach services, education, and navigation for new refugee and immigrant community members and families in the Sharpstown/Gulfton community.
- You must be a US citizen or permanent resident.
- You must have a high school diploma or GED
- You must not have been convicted of a violent felony
- You must not be required to register as a sex offender
Please welcome and thank AmeriCorps members for being a part of Legacy in our mission to drive healthy change in our communities!