About AmeriCorps St. Louis
To be a purveyor of skill, a beacon of hope, and a model of public stewardship.
AmeriCorps St. Louis serves to create systemic change as well as provide direct service that impacts the well-being of the poor and disenfranchised, particularly children, the elderly, and people with disabilities.
To enhance the professional skills and life-long ethic of the young men and women who serve; to respond to critical unmet needs in the areas of emergency response and environmental conservation; to leverage service of volunteers; and to build the capacity of our partnering agencies and communities we serve.
AMERICORPS ST. LOUIS STRIVES TO ACHIEVE ITS VISION AND MISSION THROUGH THE EMERGENCY RESPONSE TEAM (ERT), OUR CORPS OF MEMBERS WHO SERVE THE ST. LOUIS AREA, THE STATE OF MISSOURI, AND COMMUNITIES ACROSS THE NATION.
AmeriCorps St. Louis, formerly St. Louis Partners AmeriCorps, began as a pilot for National Service in the summer of 1994. Since that initial success, it is the only AmeriCorps program in Missouri - and one of only a few programs in the nation - that has received federal funding out of the top tier of “exemplary and demonstrable programs” since the inception of AmeriCorps.
Since 1994, inspired people from across America have brought to St. Louis their enthusiasm, their talents, and a commitment to serve their country. AmeriCorps St. Louis has distinguished itself as one of the leading AmeriCorps programs in the nation through a long and impressive history, recruiting new Members each year to serve as an Emergency Response Team (ERT). In return, Members receive a small living allowance to meet their basic needs and an educational award at the end of the term of service and, most importantly, a chance to change America for the better. In all, AmeriCorps St. Louis Members have committed more than three million hours of service - getting things done for St. Louis and the nation.
The impact of AmeriCorps St. Louis on the region, on its Members, and on those who benefit from its services, is profound. Our region's natural habitats are preserved for future generations. Communities, neighborhoods, and agencies are organized into new collaborations to provide more effective disaster preparedness programs. Families in their darkest hours are given relief after a disaster strikes. The list goes on and on . . .
For those who serve as AmeriCorps Members, the desire to give back does not end after one year. Former members are significantly more likely to enter careers in public and environmental service, many devoting their lives to emergency management, natural resource conservation, or wildland firefighting. The St. Louis region benefits from the many alums of our program that remain in the area, revitalizing the city through their commitment to the community and its residents.
The strength of our partnerships, governance and funding base, combined with consistent Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) federal funding, has enabled our program to dramatically increase the number of communities assisted with emergency preparedness and response needs.
EMERGENCY RESPONSE TEAM (ERT)
VOLUNTEERS IN SERVICE TO AMERICA (VISTA)
COMMUNITY SERVICE AND EVENTS
COMMUNITY TRAINING AND SUPPORT
AmeriCorps St. Louis' ERT and VISTA Members are proud to be part of the greater network of National Service. By joining our team, Members adopt all of the benefits, responsibilities, and respect that come with getting things done for America through AmeriCorps.
“AmeriCorps programs do more than move communities forward; they serve their Members by creating jobs and providing pathways to opportunity as they enter the workforce. AmeriCorps places thousands of people into intensive service positions where they learn valuable skills, earn money for education, and develop a strong sense of civic responsibility.”
THE AMERICORPS PLEDGE
I will get things done for America - to make our people safer, smarter and healthier.
I will bring Americans together to strengthen our communities.
Faced with apathy, I will take action.
Faced with conflict, I will seek common ground.
Faced with adversity, I will persevere.
I will carry this commitment with me this year and beyond.
I am an AmeriCorps Member and I will get things done.