LISC AmeriCorps

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The mission of the LISC AmeriCorps program is to transform distressed neighborhoods into healthy communities by placing AmeriCorps Members with non-profit partners. LISC AmeriCorps Members serve to build and strengthen sustainable communities by engaging neighborhood residents in community revitalization efforts.

Our Members serve at Financial Opportunity Centers helping clients with financial counseling, employment and skill training, and job placement services. They help with the development of affordable housing in low-income communities. And our Members help people realize the dream of homeownership by performing first time home buyer counseling services as well as foreclosure prevention services. Indeed, many of our Members serve the communities that they live in. By offering them the opportunity to serve in communities on the cusp of positive change, we expand the pool of neighborhood leaders, particularly those that reflect the demographics of the neighborhoods being served, with the skills and drive to effect long term change in their communities.

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AmeriCorps is a program funded through a Federal agency – the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS). Established in 1993, the mission of CNCS is to improve lives, strengthen communities, and foster civic engagement through service and volunteering. CNCS provides grants to a network of local and national organizations and agencies committed to using national service to address critical community needs in education, public safety, health, and the environment.


Through its grant making process, CNCS engages more than 5 million Americans each year in service through its core programs -- Senior Corps, AmeriCorps, and the Social Innovation Fund. AmeriCorps programs support a wide range of locally based solutions by engaging thousands of Americans in intensive community service each year. This service results in crating positive changes to some of our nation’s most pressing challenges as well as investing in the Member the sense of purpose and a sense of pride in their community.

As part of CNCS’s National Service Network, LISC AmeriCorps is funded through Grant ID# 13NDHNNY001.


Since 1994, LISC has placed 2,414 full and part-time members in more than 36 cities. To date members have been instrumental in:

  • Helping to develop 8,305 affordable housing units

  • Providing home ownership counseling to 44,828

  • Providing after school and other programs for 41,304 young people

  • Helping form 1,768 neighborhood groups and associations

  • Recruiting 94,606 volunteers who served a total of 518,875 hours

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Program Director: Stacey Rapp

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