What is AmeriCorps?
Bill Clinton signed the national and Community Service Trust Act of 1993 to expand opportunities for Americans to serve their communities. Thus AmeriCorps was born. AmeriCorps, a program of the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), is a network of local, state, and national service programs that connects more than 70,000 Americans each year in intensive service to meet our country's critical needs in education, public safety, health, and the environment.
What is ShoreCorps?
ShoreCorps is an AmeriCorps State Program, working under the oversight of the Governor's Office on Service and Volunteerism (GOSV) in Maryland. ShoreCorps is the AmeriCorps program at Salisbury University, but members do not have to be students to serve. All members of the community are welcome to serve! ShoreCorps is a partnership with community-based organizations serving at-risk youth and other vulnerable populations.
ShoreCorp’s mission is to strengthen the capacity of community organizations, to improve the lives of vulnerable populations, and to foster civic engagement through service and volunteerism. We partner with community-based organizations, schools, governmental agencies, non-profits, and faith-based organizations to address critical educational, recreational, social and cultural needs. Our AmeriCorps members engage in direct service to build the capacities of the organizations they serve.
At the ShoreCorps sites, even though each has its own purpose and structure, they are all united for a common purpose- engaging citizens dedicated to making their communities better.
On the Eastern Shore of Maryland, ShoreCorps members provide such services as:
- parent and family support services
- community outreach activities
- homework assistance
- mentoring services
- advocacy for senior citizens and caregiver support
- educational programs for youth and adults
- environmental programs
- health programs
- volunteer recruitment and management to help support community activities
- increased reach, efficiency, and effectiveness of the partner site's program