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

Brenda Torres


NEIGHBORHOOD

South Chicago

LEADERSHIP STATEMENT

To be someone who is supportive, thoughtful, and mindful, in order to help others.

AMERICORPS TITLE

Program Manager Assistant

FUN FACT

I love gray, it is my favorite color.

Estefany Figueroa


NEIGHBORHOOD

Cicero

LEADERSHIP STATEMENT

I want to lead with a good heart. I strive to be truthful to friends and allies, because it aligns with my principles.

AMERICORPS TITLE

AmeriCorps Member

FUN FACT

I like dancing to high energy music and sing when the room gets quiet.

Kaprisha Martin


NEIGHBORHOOD

Austin

LEADERSHIP STATEMENT

To put people first with trust, honesty, and understanding as common goals in my work by finding ways be creative.

AMERICORPS TITLE

ACT Hub Associate

FUN FACT

I wrote a published poem in 2nd grade and in high school performed spoken word poetry at Metro Theater.

Kassandra Esparza


NEIGHBORHOOD

Blue Island/Robbins

LEADERSHIP STATEMENT

To inspire others to have the confidence to use their creativity and challenge themselves to find achievement through hard work.

AMERICORPS TITLE

Social & Digital Media Specialist

FUN FACT

2nd place winner of AmeriCorps Pitch Fest.

Sophie Spears


NEIGHBORHOOD

Evanston

LEADERSHIP STATEMENT

I strive to work hard and to go out of my way to help others always.

AMERICORPS TITLE

Youth Development Specialist

FUN FACT

I have an extra bone in the bottom of my mouth that gives me a lisp.

Tonia Pearson


NEIGHBORHOOD

Evanston

LEADERSHIP STATEMENT

Together we grow.

AMERICORPS TITLE

Recruitment/Community Outreach Specialist

FUN FACT

I am a sky watcher.

Gabriela Garcia


NEIGHBORHOOD

Brighton Park

LEADERSHIP STATEMENT

Being an AmeriCorps member has really brought joy to my life. I’ve encountered many different people and awesome rewarding experiences.

AMERICORPS TITLE

Community Organizer

FUN FACT

I can handle a room full of 30 kids

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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