In 1993, President Bill Clinton signed the National and Community Service Trust Act, which established the Corporation for National and Community Service and brought the full range of domestic community service programs under the umbrella of one central organization.
This legislation formally launched AmeriCorps, 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.
AmeriCorps members serve with more than 3,000 nonprofits, public agencies, and faith-based and community organizations. Since 1994, more than 400,000 men and women have provided needed assistance to millions of Americans across the nation through their AmeriCorps service.
The largest of AmeriCorps programs, AmeriCorps State and National provides grants to local and national organizations and agencies committed to using national service to address critical community needs in education, public safety, health and the environment. In Illinois these grants are administered by the Serve Illinois Commission.
AmeriCorps Scholar Coaches pose mid-hike during the 2011 Scholar Coach retreat in Beaver Creek, CO