The Corporation for National and Community Service offers a range of programs (e.g., AmeriCorps and Senior Corps) that provide individuals – both with and without disabilities – opportunities to gain valuable skills while becoming engaged in solving problems in their own communities.
Volunteering in a national service program is a proven avenue for:
- Building self-confidence, independence, and leadership
- Exploring and refining employment skills, goals, and interests
- Testing out potential career paths while building a resume
- Expanding personal networks and interpersonal skills
- Experiencing the satisfaction of working as part of a team to address local challenges
National service volunteers are active contributors in their communities, often serving alongside others from backgrounds very different from their own. The opportunities that community service provides to develop work skills are highly valued by both service members and employers. Many people with disabilities say that serving has made all the difference in their life outlook and life options, for work and beyond.
Other incentives for individuals
Serving can also help to pay bills, including the cost of college or student loans. For example, AmeriCorps benefits include:
- Living allowance
- Segal AmeriCorps Education Award of $5,550 to pay for college or pay back student loans
- Health care / child-care
- Student loan deferment
- Training and professional development