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Updated June 22, 2017
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Pros
  • It's also a really nice way to explore the world of non-profit work (in 57 reviews)

  • Working with an organization that strives to make a difference in communities (in 22 reviews)

Cons
  • The living stipend is pretty dismal (in 43 reviews)

  • As a part of their mission, the VISTAs are only paid as much as the people they are helping ie minimum wage (in 31 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "AmeriCorp"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Regional Coordinator in Birmingham, AL
    Current Employee - Regional Coordinator in Birmingham, AL
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Year of service benifiting U.S.

    Cons

    Stipend amount makes it tough.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work!


  2. "VISTA - Volunteers In Service To America"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Americorps-Vista in Indianapolis, IN
    Former Employee - Americorps-Vista in Indianapolis, IN
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Americorps gave me the opportunity to learn about a field I was passionate about without committing to a commitment as a career. I was allowed the opportunity to take on new projects and develop my skills.

    Cons

    Americorps is a huge sacrifice financially. While they do provide assistance with moving and food stamps, I'm not sure I would have been able to handle the strain without the assistance of my family.

    Advice to Management

    I received a lot of support from the local management.


  3. "A crucial step in my career development"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Tax Preparer VITA VISTA in Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - Tax Preparer VITA VISTA in Phoenix, AZ
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Work in the community. Learning for free. Giving back to the community. Working in an Organization with values and tradition.

    Cons

    The pay is low very low.

    Advice to Management

    Keep on Keeping on!


  4. "Rewarding experience"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Philadelphia, PA
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Can work on many different projects

    Cons

    Job placement after completing term of service


  5. "Amazing!!"

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    • Comp & Benefits
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    Former Employee - GO Center Coordinator in San Antonio, TX
    Former Employee - GO Center Coordinator in San Antonio, TX
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    It is a way to give back to the country, but not have to commit 2 years to the Peace Corps. Honestly, a fantastic experience.

    Cons

    It is a very tough budget. You are paid a living stipend, enough to just get by at that. I had to dip into my savings, but if you were able to secure free lodging very do-able.

    Advice to Management

    If you're thinking about AmeriCorps it is completely worth it. However, don't do this for job securement or money, do it because you want to give back. or help a cause.


  6. "Stressful but rewarding"

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    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Helena, MT
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Helena, MT
    Recommends

    Pros

    Work presents a lot of healthy challenges, full of great people and the mission of the organziaion is easy to support.

    Cons

    Stressful work. The non profit world is struggling now and this can make for tense situations.

    Advice to Management

    None. Management at MLSA is top notch.


  7. "Great volunteer experience"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - AmeriCorps Member in Millboro, VA
    Former Employee - AmeriCorps Member in Millboro, VA
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Personal growth, work with people, be appreciated for the work you do, work outdoors, use of personal creative skills, and go home feeling like you have made a difference

    Cons

    Aside from the fact that you are volunteering so the pay is technically less than minimum wage and the work can sometimes be hard, there really aren't any

    Advice to Management

    I am glad you are doing what you are doing. It is great for both the volunteers and the people they help


  8. "An excellent post-undergraduate experience that will show you your strengths and skills while you give back to community"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Communications Coordinator in Tacoma, WA
    Current Employee - Communications Coordinator in Tacoma, WA
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Americorps is a great place to work straight out of undergrad if you aren't sure what you want to do yet. The experience is highly rewarding as you are often in direct service of those in need of it. Furthermore, while you serve your loans are put in forbearance and accrued interest is paid off for you. Although the pay isn't high, since it is a full time volunteer position, you can receive an education award of about $5,500 (as of 2012) to go towards education related expenses.

    Cons

    You will put in many hours of work. At times you may feel burned out, underappreciated, underpaid, and taken advantage of. I've accepted it all as being part of the experience of service. The education award is also taxable income, so don't spend it all at once otherwise you will be paying roughly $500 in taxes for that year.

    Advice to Management

    Make the education award tax exempt. Americorps members break their back putting in often about 60 hours a week, get paid almost nothing, and yet the award at the end is taxable? It is an outrage. I'm aware of the bill in congress to eliminate this tax, but I think more can be done to push it through.


  9. "americorps"

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    Former Employee - Americorps-Vista in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Americorps-Vista in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends

    I worked at AmeriCorps full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    great experience
    great resume builder
    work with people you normally wouldn't
    feel good

    Cons

    very difficult to live off stipend


  10. "AmeriCorps Member"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Volunteer Coordinator in Tulsa, OK
    Current Employee - Volunteer Coordinator in Tulsa, OK
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at AmeriCorps full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Awesome service opportunity
    Networking Opportunity
    Looks great on a resume
    Experience with non-profit

    Cons

    1 year committment
    No other complaints

    Advice to Management

    Creating training manuals for new members is a MUST!


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