About AmeriCorps

YWCA’s Building Communities, Bettering Lives AmeriCorps program is an award-winning program designed to harness the interests and talents of Americans with a passion for service, who will improve the programs and capacities of the YWCA and 15 partnering nonprofit agencies, and better the lives of central Alabamians through service in social justice, education, homelessness prevention, youth empowerment, community development, healthy families, and environmental stewardship.


  • Living Allowance and Educational Award
  • Health Insurance for full-time members
  • Child Care Allowance and Student Loan Forbearance for qualified members
  • The opportunity to serve full-time in a professional environment
  • Relevant training and professional skills development
  • Networking with community organizations and leaders

AmeriCorps statistics and facts

  • Total Number serving this year: 40
  • Program started:  2009
  • Total who have been offered jobs over our history: 65 with more to come
  • Total # members who have served: 311 including 2018 Corps.
  • Average number of collective hours served annually by Corps: 65,000+
  • More than 25 scheduled training topics: Communication and Conflict Resolution, Dining Etiquette, Disability Awareness, Disaster Preparedness, Elevator Speech, Financial Literacy, Life After AmeriCorps, Public Speaking and Media Relations, Resume Writing and Career Building, Self-Care, Social Justice, Trauma-Informed Care, Vision Board, Volunteer Management and more.
  • Most recently awarded as 2018 America’s Service Commission Innovation & Leadership Award Recipients Outstanding Service Program

For more information or to apply email Be sure to view our AmeriCorps video.

To apply for the YWCA’s “Building Communities, Bettering Lives” AmeriCorps program, please submit a resume and cover letter to Angela Abdur-Rasheed at and click here to start the process.