AmeriCorps Program

AmeriCorpsUnited Way - AMERICORPS PROGRAM 

In support of our mission for a thriving, health and resilient community, the United Way coordinates the Douglas County Community AmeriCorps Program to support the direct service capacity of local nonprofit health and human service agencies. The United Way places AmeriCorps members at host-site nonprofit organizations throughout Douglas County, KS. Each member takes on a unique program or project that will help the organization better serve their clients and our community. Members work on projects to increase capacity for leadership, nonprofit operations, community engagement and outreach, and direct services. 


Karishma Khetani, former AmeriCorpsAmeriCorps members put their passion into action by serving full time at a local community nonprofit for 1 year. Members gain valuable nonprofit experience while leading exciting projects that build social connections to seniors, provide food, shelter and resources to low-income families, develop literacy skills for children, create volunteer and service opportunities for our community, and more! Make a difference doing something you love – join AmeriCorps!

AmeriCorps serve at a local community nonprofit full-time, from September 2022-August 2023 for up to a total of 1700 hours.

Watch this video to find out more about AmeriCorps!


In exchange for one year of full-time service, AmeriCorps members are paid an annual stipend up to $24,500 for Full-Term (11.5 months) or $12,969 for Part-Time Term (11 months) and health insurance coverage for full-term members. Members also earn a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award (equal to the maximum Pell Grant for a full-time service term) that can be used to repay qualified student loans or pay for college or trade school. 

Members also gain valuable experience in program design and evaluation, nonprofit management, and social service delivery. Many local nonprofit leaders got their start as AmeriCorps members, including our very own Director of Development and Marketing. 

Intersted but want to make sure serving with AmeriCorps doesn't negatively affect other benefit programs you are enrolled in? Check-out this resource.

Connie Fitzpatrick, former AmeriCorps member


  • Must be at least 17 years or older and able to pass a national service criminal history check
  • Members must hold one of the following citizenship statuses: US citizen, US National, Lawful Permanent "Aliens"
  • Some Sites Require COVID Vaccination


Our Ideal Member also…

  • Is currently living in Douglas County
  • Has some college or job experience.
  • Has experience in nonprofits, community organizing, or related field
  • Is passionate about serving their community!


AmeriCorps memberApplications are accepted until position(s) are filled. Member positions for 2022-2023 are available at the following agencies:(Clicking links will open the agency website) *Returning site from 2021-22

*Elizabeth B Ballard Community Center (Ballard Center) - Position FilledFull-Term (35-40 hours a week, 1700 Hours Total) Provide advocacy/direct services to pantry clients. Work with partners and employees to increase the utilization of the pantry. Work with organizations and individuals to increase volunteer work and pantry donations.

*Community Children's Center - Position Filled -2 Members (10-25 hours a week, 450 or 900 hours total)
Library Program Coordinator will develop a board book library program, including donations, cataloging and promotion. 
Clothing Closet Coordinator will develop a clothing closet for maternity and 0-5 year clothing, including procedures and implement the design. 

Douglas County, Kansas Position Filled - Full-Time (35-40 hours a week, 1700 Hours Total) Client assistance and referral. Support efforts of community groups related to housing and/or the needs of clients. Pursue joint programming with varied agencies.

Ecumenical Campus Ministries- 1 Position Filled -1 Member -(10 hours a week, 450 Hours Total). Design and develop a volunteer recruitment campaign, and measure progress, for the ECM Veggie Lunch program.

Heartland Health - 1 Position Filled -2 Members (25-40 hours a week, 900 or 1200 hours total) Grow service hours for the Care Cupboard and connect patients to additional services including pharmacy and resource navigation.

*Lawrence Community Shelter - 1 Position Filled -2 Part-Time Member (10 hours a week, 450 Hours Total) Support LCS staff in volunteer engagement tasks and activities. Interface with volunteers seeking to help shelter in person, over the phone and via email. Plan and support volunteer engagement activities.

Position Filled -1 Part-Time Member (25 hours a week, 900 Hours Total)- Provide direct assistance with finding permanent housing to people experiencing homelessness.  

*Lawrence-Douglas County Housing Authority  Position Filled - 1 Full-Term (35-40 hours a week) Engaging Youth in the youth center, creating programs, or supporting current programs. Client assistance and referral. Support efforts of community groups related to housing and/or the needs of LDCHA clients. Pursue joint programming with varied agencies. 

Students United -Student Community Action Corps  - 1 Part-Time Member (10 hours a week, 450 Hours Total) KU’s Student United Way serves and promotes our shared goals to the University audience. The student Program facilitator will support programming and projects across both the United Way and the student affinity group. The Student United Way works closely with the KU Center for Service Learning, which serves as the organization’s advisory office.

United Way of Kaw Valley (that's us, and you're already on our site!) 1 Member (20-25 hours a week, 1200 hours total) Assist in the development, implementation, and evaluation of group and skilled volunteer programs. Assist in COVID recovery through donation and volunteer management, Days of Service, and collaborating with community groups and partner agencies.

Past AmeriCorps Member Positions

Sexual Trauma & Abuse Care Center -1 Part-Time Member (10 hours a week). Assist in outreach and community engagement in Douglas, Franklin, and Jefferson Counties. 

#BeMoreLikeClaire-1 Part-Time Member (20 hours a week). Assist in the development, implementation, and evaluation of the volunteer program. Assist in COVID recovery through donation and volunteer management, collaborating with community groups and partner agencies. 

Bert Nash Mental Health Center  1Full-Term (35-40 Hours a Week) Provide outreach to clients that are un-engaged in service and assist in problem-solving barriers for continued engagement. Assist with the evolution of effective, efficient delivery of services and assure strong client satisfaction of program and services. 

Lawrence Douglas County Public Health  -  1 Full-Term (35-40 hours a week, 1700 Hours Total) Assist with vaccine distribution, COVID testing, community education on COVID and variants, and childhood immunization catch-up

Previous Agency AmeriCorps Partners 2020-2021

Sunrise Project

Lawrence Meals on Wheels

Senior Resource Center for Douglas County, Inc. (SRC)



Positions for 2022-2023 can be found on My.AmeriCorps.Gov . To apply, email resume and cover letter to KJ Abel-Ruch at

Reasonable Accommodation: United Way of Douglas County will provide reasonable accommodation to the known mental or physical disabilities of otherwise qualified members, service recipients, applicants, and program staff. All selections and project assignments will be made without regard to the need to provide reasonable accommodation.

Notice of Nondiscrimination: Participation in the AmeriCorps and its programs and projects will be based on merit and equal opportunity for all, without regard to factors such as race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, religion, age, disability, political affiliation, marital or parental status, military service, or religious, community, or social affiliations.