AmeriCorps is a network of national service programs that engages more than 70,000 Americans each year in intensive service to meet critical needs in education, public safety, health, and the environment. Nicknamed “The Domestic Peace Corps,” AmeriCorps members serve through more than 2,100 nonprofits, public agencies, and faith-based organizations across the United States.
FSW engages veteran AmeriCorps members to strengthen and support the services provided by local non-profit organizations. Veterans earn both a stipend and an education award while contributing services that organizations may not have the time, staff or resources to provide. Examples of service opportunities may include serving meals to homebound elderly, mentoring at-risk youth or teaching basic computer classes to other veterans. It’s a win-win for everyone: Veterans are provided with additional opportunities to serve their communities, connect with others and learn new skills, while Westchester County 501c3 organizations benefit from additional resources that enable them to carry out their missions in an even greater capacity.
Veteran members sign contracts that last anywhere from 3-12 months and are a commitment of 300-1700+ hours of service, depending on the needs of both the organization and the member. Members come from a diverse backgrounds and ages and currently serve in target communities of Mt. Vernon, Yonkers, and White Plains, although we are committed to providing services to nonprofit organizations in need throughout Westchester County.
If you are a Veteran interested in contributing your time and talents by serving at-risk populations, OR if you belong to a nonprofit organization and are interested in learning more about how a veteran can help expand or improve your services, please contact Jennifer Seager, Program Director, at JSeager@fsw.org or 914-872-5242.