In 1993, the Corporation for National and Community Service was established and was renamed AmeriCorps in 2020. AmeriCorps was created to connect Americans of all ages and backgrounds with opportunities to give back to their communities and their nation. It merged the work and staffs of two predecessor agencies, ACTION and the Commission on National and Community Service. AmeriCorps empowers and supports Americans to tackle persistent challenges such as helping youth succeed in school, securing safe affordable housing for economically disadvantaged families, or helping communities respond to disasters. Through this work, AmeriCorps achieves its mission of improving lives, strengthening communities and fortifying the civic health of our nation. AmeriCorps leverages the strength of grantees, participants, programs, state service commissions and the American public to build a network of programs that offer effective solutions in the six priority areas:
1. Disaster Services
2. Economic Opportunity
4. Environmental Stewardship
5. Healthy Futures
6. Veterans and Military Families
They will produce these results by investing in effective local initiatives, engaging more Americans in service, supporting evidence-based programs, and leveraging public-private partnerships.