LISC AmeriCorps is a national program administered by the Corporation for National Community Service (CNCS).
By providing local nonprofit organizations with a part-time or full-time staff member paid for in part by LISC, nonprofits can test and expand new programs to better serve clients and make a bigger impact in their community. LISC provides technical assistance and funds to help neighborhood-based nonprofits create sustainable communities. AmeriCorps is one program that builds the capacity of nonprofits to offer unique or expanded service to their clients.
The AmeriCorps program was first implemented in Houston in 2004 with 8 AmeriCorps Members serving at 8 different non profit agencies. Since its inception, 95 people have participated as AmeriCorps members at 37 different placement sites throughout Houston.
LISC also provides the AmeriCorps members an opportunity to work within the communities through various service projects during their term. In the past, AmeriCorps members have teamed up with the Boy Scouts to plant seeds and vegetable beds at Magnolia Roots Community Garden on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Service projects like these allow members to connect to one another and become actively involved in community-based projects, giving them the opportunity to demonstrate team building and learn new skills.
The AmeriCorps program also helps train the next generation of community leaders and nonprofit professionals by giving them hands-on experience.
LISC believes the AmeriCorps program is a unique resource that enables LISC to help community based organizations increase their staff size and fulfill their mission.
2016 - 2017 LISC AmeriCorps Program
Houston LISC is participating in the 2015-2016 LISC AmeriCorps program in partnership with the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS). Full-time AmeriCorps members receive a living stipend and an education award up to $5,650 after successful completion of their service. Often, graduating members are offered full-time employment with community partners. More information on available service opportunities can be found by contacting these community partners directly: Avenue CDC, Chinese Community Center, Project GRAD and SER-Jobs for Progress.
Learn more about our 2015-2016 LISC AmeriCorps members here.