NYC Civic Corps Program Overview for Host Sites

NYC Civic Corps, an AmeriCorps program launched in 2009 by NYC Service, recruits and places AmeriCorps members to serve full time at select community-based organization host sites. NYC Civic Corps members build, develop, and grow stronger volunteer programs in order to better serve or reach more New Yorkers. The NYC Civic Corps program objectives are to:

  1. Build organizational capacity for civic and community engagement through addressing pressing volunteer-specific needs and opportunities as identified by CBO partners.
  2. Provide Civic Corps members with workforce skills and pathways to quality careers with advancement opportunities.
  3. Create opportunities for civic leadership development.


Applications Closed

All Host Site Applicants are required to create a position description that complies with AmeriCorps policies for each member the organization is requesting. All Position Description Workshop dates have passed.

Please use the link HERE to receive the positon description template and all information pertinent to creating a successful position description.

Submission Deadline: March 9, 2020


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For More Information

Contact Shonni Velasquez at to schedule an informational phone call.

NYC Civic Corps Mission: NYC Civic Corps builds volunteer capacity and volunteer management systems in all 5 boroughs at CBOs to address NYC priority impact areas including Disaster Services, Economic Opportunity, Education & Youth Development,  Environmental Sustainability, Public Health and Veterans/Military Families.

NYC Civic Corps Vision: CBOs will more effectively utilize volunteers and more efficiently carry out their mission to make our city a more equitable place for all New Yorkers.

Read the NYC Civic Corps Program  Evaluation by the Urban Institute revealing that NYC Civic Corps members benefited their host sites and helped the sites manage additional volunteers, enabling them to improve procedures for volunteer recruitment and management.

NYC Civic Corps Members

  • Serve full time from September – July
  • Member benefits include:
    • Living stipend - $18,500
    • Monthly unlimited MetroCard
    • Eligible for healthcare (covered by NYC Service)
    • Childcare
    • Student loan forbearance
    • Education award – approx. $6,195


NYC Service Support

  • Recruitment of NYC Civic Corps members
  • Supervisor orientation and training
  • Ongoing staff support and resources


Financial Commitment for Host Sites

Organizations hosting a NYC Civic Corps member pay a host site fee and are expected to place their member on their payroll, submitting payroll records for reimbursement quarterly.

Review host site fees and the financial commitment expected from a host site partner.


Criteria and Application Process for Hosting a NYC Civic Corps Member

Criteria for hosting a NYC Civic Corps member:

  • Must be a certified 501(c)(3) nonprofit with a focus on engagement of New York City communities and local volunteers
  • Nonprofit is in the early or rebuilding stages of volunteer programming
  • Host site will provide a space and access to technology systems for each AmeriCorps member
  • Host site will provide a supervisor for their AmeriCorps member(s) who will provide guidance, management, and coaching support
  • Supervisor will attend a full-day orientation prior to the start of the program
  • Supervisor will attend three 2-hour training sessions throughout the program year


Host Site Application Process 

Step 1: Complete the online application and upload your organization’s most recent 990, sexual harassment/EEO policy and returning host sites will need to attach an updated volunteer program assessment form. Find the volunteer program assessment form HERE

* Please not there is no save and continue option for the application. If you have started an application that you would like to finish, please email the Service Recruitment Team and you will be sent your link to complete the application.

Step 2: Create a Position Description

Step 3: Once the application is submitted, NYC Service will review the project based on a rubric. NYC Service will either: a) reject the application, b) provide suggestions for improvement with a resubmission, or c) accept the application. Returning host sites: past performance as a host site will be taken into consideration when evaluating your overall application.

  • If selected, each organization will sign an MOU agreeing to the terms of having an AmeriCorps member placed at your host site. Members will not be able to start at the host site until the MOU is returned and countersigned.

If you have any questions; contact Shonni Velasquez