AmeriCorps, often referred to the “domestic Peace Corps”, is a federal service program that engages individuals in community service at organizations throughout the country. AmeriCorps members at the American Red Cross serve communities by providing disaster preparedness education, responding to disasters, and engaging volunteers.
Our AmeriCorps program is looking for passionate individuals who want to make a significant impact on others through national service while gaining meaningful professional experience.
American Red Cross Disaster Resiliency Corps (ARCDRC): is a statewide AmeriCorps program that operates throughout the State of New York. Members serving in the ARCDRC supports the American Red Cross mission by providing disaster preparedness education and training to New York citizens, responding to any type of disasters, engage in activities to ensure the American Red Cross is able to effectively respond to emergencies, and help support the organization’s volunteer workforce.
Minimum Eligibility Requirements
Must be able to serve at approximately 40 hours a week
Must be a minimum of 18 years old
Able to pass a criminal background check
Holds a High School Diploma or GED
Must be a U.S Citizen, National, or Lawful Permanent Resident
Possess a valid U.S Driver's License (outside of those who are interested in serving in New York City
Education award of over $6,300 to help pay qualified federal student loans or future tuition.
Free Health, Dental and Vision Coverage (Full-time members only)
Childcare Assistance (Full-time members only)
Federal student loan forbearance during the period of service. Accrued interest of those loans will be paid back upon successful completion of service.
Federal student loan forgiveness opportunities
Professional and Job Readiness training opportunities
Extensive American Red Cross and Emergency Management training
Potential American Red Cross employment opportunities anywhere in the U.S after completion of the term of service
Making impact in your community
Members benefit from many opportunities to engage in emergency management training, especially during their first month of service. Thereafter, the program offers a mid-year retreat and sporadic trainings throughout the service term to further develop the member’s professional capacities. Training includes becoming CPR/First Aid certified, Psychological First Aid, becoming a Red Cross preparedness instructor, and so much more.
Life After AmeriCorps
Our programs invite members to join a 25+ year legacy of getting things done to strengthen under-resourced communities across the United States. In return, we want to help you. Members are awarded service hours dedicated to the transition from service to their life after AmeriCorps, whether this be the pursuit of higher education, the launch of a new career, or enrollment in another service term.
Members develop a project beyond the normal scope of their responsibilities to enhance their service experience and to leave a lasting contribution to their program, the organization, or their department. Past projects include preparedness videos for social media publication, a local study of diversity, and a Power BI app to streamline one of the organization’s signature services.
Join a network of like-minded leaders who are passionate about improving underserved communities. AmeriCorps alumni receive access to special benefits and resources. For example, many colleges and universities match the Education Award and offer additional AmeriCorps scholarships. Once you complete your service, leverage the Employers of National Service network to connect with hundreds of employers from the private, public, and nonprofit sectors who are committed to hiring alumni.
National Service Days
AmeriCorps members come together multiple times throughout the year to celebrate heroes such as Martin Luther King Jr. and Cesar Chavez by volunteering to improve the lives of others in partnership with local organizations. AmeriCorps have been charged with leading volunteer efforts on these day for the past quarter century. Members will have the opportunity to volunteer with a new organization on these days to connect with their communities and inspire others to get involved.
Members have the exciting opportunity to deploy to disaster response operations anywhere in the State of New York as a part of their service. Members also have the opportunity to volunteer to deploy on a disaster response operations anywhere in the United States. These engagements may last anywhere between two and four consecutive weeks. In previous years, members responded to several types of disasters including hurricanes, tornados, winter weather, floods, and the COVID-19 pandemic.
Members benefit from many opportunities to engage in emergency management training, especially during their first month of service. Thereafter, the program offers a mid-year retreat and sporadic trainings throughout the service term to further develop members professional capacities. Member engage in extensive emergency management and AmeriCorps training their first three weeks of service. From there, the program provides monthly trainings, a mid-year retreat that includes extensive work on Life After AmeriCorps plan, and other professional development opportunities through the term of service. Trainings include becoming CPR/First Aid certified, Psychological First Aid, and becoming a Red Cross preparedness instructor, and so much more.
Members have the unique opportunity to serve at the world’s largest humanitarian agency, the Red Cross. Being a Red Crosser provides enormous opportunities for members including extensive emergency management training, mentorship from the premier humanitarian leaders in New York State as well as connections to the larger Red Cross network through professional development opportunities and national events.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is there a maximum age limit?
No, we welcome members of all ages at least 18 years and older.
Do I need a college degree?
No, applicants need only a high school diploma or GED. There is no higher education requirement.
How does the stipend work?
The AmeriCorps stipend is distributed biweekly via direct deposit. AmeriCorps stipends are subject to the same taxes as a normal paycheck.
What is an education award?
Members are eligible to receive an education award of over $6,300 upon the successful completion of their service term. This award may be used to repay qualified federal student loans and to pay current educational expenses at eligible institutions of higher education and training programs.
Do you provide AmeriCorps members a place to live?
No, although some AmeriCorps programs do offer housing, programs hosted by the American Red Cross do not.
Do AmeriCorps members get vacation days and/or holidays?
Yes, members who commit to serve a full term are afforded six fixed holidays and 80 hours of personal leave provided they are on schedule to serve a minimum of 1,700 hours by their end date. Personal leave is subject to prior approval.
May I leave the program early if I fulfill the minimum number of hours before the end date? May I leave the program to accept a job offer or to attend school?
No, members must serve the full, 11-month term to complete the program successfully. Members who leave the program prematurely forfeit the education award and jeopardize both their eligibility to serve in another federal service program and to assume a federal position in the future.
Would I earn additional stipend money if I serve beyond the minimum hour requirement?
No, AmeriCorps members receive a fixed stipend every two weeks. Although members must serve approximately 40 hours a week, some weeks are likely to be more demanding.
Would I be eligible to receive the education award if I leave the program early due to unforeseen circumstances?
Yes, members remain eligible to receive a prorated education award provided the premature termination of their service contract is due to compelling circumstances outside their control, e.g., serious injury, severe illness, death in the family, relocation of a spouse, military service, etc.
Could I defer student loans during my term of service?
Yes, members may place eligible student loans on forbearance for the duration of their service term. Upon successful completion of the program, the National Service Trust will reimburse up to 100% of the interest members accrued on eligible student loans during their service term.
If I accept the program’s health and dental coverage, will this money be deducted from my stipend?
No, the Red Cross will pay for monthly health and dental premiums, but members are responsible for paying the deductible and any co-payments. The AmeriCorps health plan is considered, “minimum essential coverage,” as defined by the Affordable Care Act.
May I waive the program’s health and dental insurance to continue using my own?
Yes, but—per the Affordable Care Act—members who reject this benefit must provide proof of alternative health coverage.
Does the program provide childcare accommodations?
The program offers subsidized childcare for eligible members.
Would I need to drive my own vehicle while I serve the community?
Members are personally responsible for travel to their assigned Red Cross office(s). Members must, however, travel to all pre-scheduled commitments and any disaster response operations in one of the organization’s branded vehicles. Should branded vehicles be unavailable, members may request reimbursement for any mileage incurred on their personal vehicle.
Rideshare costs are not reimbursable.
Would I need to have a driver’s license?
Members wishing to serve in the Eastern New York and Western New York Regions are required to have a valid U.S Driver’s license to serve in our New York State AmeriCorps program.
Members wishing to serve in the Greater New York Region (New York City/Long Island) are not required to hold a driver’s license to serve.
Does Red Cross hire its AmeriCorps members?
Red Cross has hired AmeriCorps alumni on rare occasions, but members should not expect to be hired as a result of their service. Furthermore, Red Cross will not hire members who terminate their service contract prematurely to pursue employment with the organization.
Could I entertain school and/or a part-time job during my service term?
Yes, members may attend school or work a part-time job during their service term provided they prioritize their commitment to the program.
Historically, members who juggle school or part-time jobs struggle to meet the capricious needs of their role. Members are often expected to serve late nights, early mornings, and weekends at irregular intervals.
Would I serve in person or remotely?
Members should expect to serve in a hybrid manner. Members may be required to serve in-person either in the field and or in an Red Cross office.