Investing in community

AmeriCorps members are highly motivated, flexible, resourceful people who have the shared goal of igniting change and moving their community forward. United Way assigns AmeriCorps members to one of the 10 Neighborhood Networks during their 12 months of service. AmeriCorps members connect and engage with residents in a variety of ways – including canvassing in neighborhoods, developing after school programs, planning community events and creating educational trainings. 

Benefits of becoming a member

Professional development and job training

Build your resume and develop valuable skills through training sessions and hands-on work experience

Compensation

Members receive a living allowance and healthcare coverage and are eligible for childcare benefits for children under the age of 13

Educational funding

Apply for student loan deferment during your time of service and qualify to receive a Segal Education Award to help pay for educational expenses

Professional connections

Grow your professional network as you form partnerships with community and business leaders across the Chicago region

MEET OUR CURRENT AMERICORPS MEMBERS

Michelle Foster

NEIGHBORHOOD
Evanston, Books & Breakfast

AMERICORPS TITLE
Assistant Site Director for Lincolnwood Elementary School and Haven Middle School

LEADERSHIP STATEMENT
My love of God and desire for everyone to feel seen and valued drives my passion for educational equity.

Estefany Figueroa

NEIGHBORHOOD
Cicero, Cicero Community Collaborative

AMERICORPS TITLE
Marketing Support Specialist

LEADERSHIP STATEMENT
To be an artist. I want to lead with integrity, be fully present, work collaboratively, and help others become leaders.

Danielle Fairchild

NEIGHBORHOOD
Evanston, The Learning Bridge

AMERICORPS TITLE
Communication and Engagement Coordinator

LEADERSHIP STATEMENT
To listen, serve others, and be thankful.

Miguel Núñez

NEIGHBORHOOD
Little Village, Latinos Progresando

AMERICORPS TITLE
AmeriCorps Member

LEADERSHIP STATEMENT
I use my passion for empowering others to promote social justice, community engagement and healthy living.

Courtney Morrison

NEIGHBORHOOD
United Way of Metro Chicago

AMERICORPS TITLE
Neighborhood Multimedia Journalist

LEADERSHIP STATEMENT
To show up fully and honestly, nothing less. To encourage growth through creativity, intellect, passion and compassion.

Aaliyah Phillips

NEIGHBORHOOD
Austin, Austin Coming Together

AMERICORPS TITLE
Hub/Engagement Associate

LEADERSHIP STATEMENT
I aim to provide resources and restore faith in underserved communities. My passion lies within helping these communities to thrive and feel as if their needs have been heard and met.

Rosa Galvan

NEIGHBORHOOD
Brighton Park, Brighton Park Neighborhood Council

AMERICORPS TITLE
AmeriCorps Member

LEADERSHIP STATEMENT
To stay positive and motivated in any situation by being an inspiration for others through my actions.

Yamilet Celis

NEIGHBORHOOD
Cicero, Cicero Community Collaborative

AMERICORPS TITLE
DACA Scholar Liaison

LEADERSHIP STATEMENT
I want to form young leaders, by leading through example. The youth is in need of someone who believes in them and walks with them, and I am willing to be that person. Like us, they can make a change.

Arionna Moss

NEIGHBORHOOD
Auburn-Gresham, Greater Auburn-Gresham Development Corporation

AMERICORPS TITLE
Family/Health Engagement Coordinator at Joplin Elementary

LEADERSHIP STATEMENT
To lead is to listen attentively, think critically, question authentically, and learn vicariously. This innovative leadership will be a powerful tool for generations to come.

Our partners

YLU is United Way’s affinity group for philanthropic and civic minded young professionals.

Visit Site

Learn about other programs and partnerships

Give Money.

Invest in people. Invest in your neighborhood. Invest in a stronger Chicago.

Donate

Give Time.

Share your time. Share your talents. Share your love for community.

Volunteer
Pause Animation