Serving the Corps Community

Read below for details about membership in The Corps Network. Please consult our Member Benefits Guide for information about which benefits are available at each membership level.

Benefits for Corpsmembers

Networking, Technical Assistance, Resources

Advocacy

Programs, Grants, Funding

Communications, Publicity


Benefits for Corpsmembers

  • AmeriCorps Education Awards Program

    Since 2000, The Corps Network has operated an AmeriCorps Education Award Program (EAP) through a National Direct Grant from the Corporation for National and Community Service. This program allows you to enroll Corpsmembers as AmeriCorps members so that they can receive a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award (scholarship), defer student loan payments during their term-of-service, and be officially classified as an AmeriCorps volunteer. The EAP does not provide capacity funding for the organization – only funding for scholarships.

 

  • Cigna-sponsored Corpsmember Health Insurance

    The Corps Network Health Plan is an Affordable Care Act and Minimum Essential Coverage compliant health insurance plan for Corpsmembers that serve under TCN member organizations. The plan was created out of a request from member Corps for a healthcare plan that met their bottom-line, the needs of their Corpsmembers, and the rules and regulations of AmeriCorps. Over the past 25 years, TCN’s Health Plan has annually provided thousands of Corpsmembers with health care that is both comprehensive, and affordable for their host organization. Plan options include medical, dental and vision insurance.

 

  • Training opportunities through national partnerships

    TCN regularly pilots training programs and partnerships with member Corps to help meet the workforce and personal development needs of their Corpsmembers. Past partnerships include credential development for habitat restoration, apprenticeship development with industry associations, and anti-racism training through The People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond.

    • Staff Contact: Candace Hollingsworth, Director of AmeriCorps – OYSI, [email protected]

 


Networking, Technical Assistance, Resources

  • Discounted National Conference registration

    All member organizations receive a 20% discount on Corps staff registrations for TCN’s National Conference. The Conference is an annual gathering of national, state, and local leaders in the fields of workforce development, community service, and conservation. Conference attendees include approximately 200 Directors and senior staff from Service and Conservation Corps across the country; officials from federal agencies; representatives from philanthropic foundations; and friends and supporters of the Corps movement.

 

  • Opportunity to network with like-minded organizations

    The Corps Network membership encompasses over 130 Conservation and Service Corps programs focused on a wide variety of programming. The institutional knowledge within the network, on everything from Corpsmember support, to contract negotiations, to local advocacy efforts, is extremely valuable for organizations at any phase in their development. The Corps Network staff is knowledgeable of where expertise or specific interests lie and can help connect member Corps with the best resource for their needs.

 

  • The Corps Coop (TCC)

    TCC is a group purchasing organization that utilizes the collective purchasing power of our members to negotiate discounted prices for goods and services. Once you’ve become a member, you can create a TCC account here and access available vendor contracts: http://www.thecorpscoop.org/.

 

  • Members-only Online Resource Library

    TCN hosts an online database of manuals, templates, and standards of practice for full member Corps. These resources align with the accreditation program standards and aggregate what reviewers have deemed as effective examples of Corps operations and governance procedures. To access the resource library, create a log-in on TCN’s website here: https://corpsnetwork.org/register/

 

  • Specific data and technical assistance requests

    Through the annual profile data request, TCN aggregates movement-wide data on metrics such as project work accomplishments, workforce development accomplishments, and federal, state, and local investment in Corps. TCN also houses institutional knowledge on Corps programming and partnership opportunities. Member Corps are welcome to reach out to TCN staff to submit specific data or technical assistance requests on an as-needed basis.

 

  • Webinars and Trainings

    TCN regularly hosts online and in-person trainings for Corps staff. Past webinar and training topics have included State Department of Transportation Partnerships, Corpsmember Leadership and Liberation, and Safety & Risk Assessment. Webinars are announced through our newsletter and shared by the Member Hub on our website.

 

  • Representation on the Corps Council

    The Corps Council is a governing body made up of senior staff from member Corps. Council members are recommended and voted on by the entire membership to serve as the voice of membership in TCN affairs. Council members are de facto leaders of the Corps movement and are regularly called upon to represent Corps at external events.

 


Advocacy

  • Advocate in Washington DC

    Since its establishment, a primary role of TCN has been to serve as a voice for Corps interests in Washington, DC. Staff pursue and encourage congressional and administration support for Corps as a common solution and worthy investment for meeting community needs. To name a few, strategies include promoting Corps-friendly legislation; combatting bureaucratic roadblocks for Corps that work with federal agencies; and advocating for increased investment in federal accounts that support local needs or project work. TCN’s advocacy agenda is developed through its member-led coalitions, to which all member Corps are encouraged to contribute. The coalitions include the Public Lands Service Coalition, State and Local Projects Coalition, and National Service Coalition.

 

  • Representation on national coalitions

    TCN sits on a wide variety of advocacy associations and coalitions that align with Corps interests. Through these avenues, TCN meets two primary goals: 1) to connect Corps programming to other sector leaders in the environmental, workforce development, and national service fields, and 2) greatly expand Corps advocacy through a collective impact model. Coalitions include but are not limited to Opportunity Youth United, Outdoor Alliance for Kids, Voices for National Service, Reconnecting Youth Campaign, Outdoor Recreation Roundtable, National Youth Employment Campaign, Water Equity and Climate Resilience Caucus, and the National Parks Conservation Association Second Century Action Coalition.

 


Programs, Grants, Funding

  • Grant Opportunities Search

    TCN does periodic grants searches for funding opportunities relevant to Corps. Relevant opportunities are posted through The Crewleader (see below) and in the members-only section of The Corps Network’s website.

 

  • Capacity building grants

    TCN offers capacity building grants for member Corps. These grants provide direct pass-through funding to assist Corps with operational, programming, and Corpsmember needs. Currently, TCN offers the Opportunity Youth Service Initiative and Transportation Improvement Program, both of which are funded through AmeriCorps

    • Staff Contact: Candace Hollingsworth, Director of AmeriCorps – OYSI/TIP, [email protected]

 

  • Partner program opportunities

    Mission-aligned organizations regularly reach out to TCN to host national or regional-level partnerships to create more project work opportunities for Corps. Currently, TCN manages three initiatives in this space, the Gulf Coast Restoration Initiative (GCRI), the Hands-On Preservation Experience (HOPE) Crew program, and the Resource Assistants Program (RAP) through the United States Forest Service. The GCRI is a partnership with The Nature Conservancy, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and Student Conservation Association, which enhances the capacity of Gulf Coast Corps to meet restoration needs following the Deep Water Horizon/BP oil spill. HOPE Crew is a partnership with the National Trust for Historic Preservation to engage more young adults in historic preservation trades through project work on historic buildings and sites. RAP is an initiative to provide funding for member Corps to place individuals at U.S. Forest Service sites in an intentional career development opportunity. All partnerships provide opportunities for project work, training, and pass-through funding.

    • Staff Contact: Stephanie Mathes, Director of Gulf Operations, [email protected] – Gulf Coast Restoration Initiative
    • Staff Contact: Hillari Howard, Program Manager, [email protected] – RAP and HOPE Crew

 

  • Cooperative agreements and contract TA

    TCN manages three national cooperative agreements for the purpose of allowing our member Corps to enter into fee-for-service agreements with the following federal partners: National Park Service, United States Forest Service, and United States Fish and Wildlife Service. TCN staff help manage and administer each specific project agreement so Corps can focus directly on successfully completing the project work. Through this process, TCN staff can provide technical assistance on budgeting, match requirements, and the contract approval process.


Communications, Publicity

  • Jobs at Corps

    The Corps Network’s Jobs at Corps platform, housed on corpsnetwork.org, receives hundreds of views every week. Staff at Full Member organizations of The Corps Network can create an account on corpsnetwork.org and use the Jobs at Corps platform to post open service positions and jobs. Instructions on how to create an account can be found here; instructions on how to post a position can be found here.

 

  • TCN awards program

    Every year, TCN honors exceptional Corpsmembers and Corps staff for their accomplishments and outstanding contributions to their communities and the Corps movement. TCN awards include the Corpsmember of the Year, Project of Year, and the Legacy Achievement Award. Award winners are announced at TCN’s National Conference and celebrated on Capitol Hill at TCN’s Hill Day Awards Ceremony. Corpsmembers of the Year are invited to DC for the National Conference. All Corpsmember expenses are covered by TCN.

 

  • Publicity on a national level

    TCN publicizes Corps’ media through our social media accounts, white papers and policy manuals. Additionally, partner organizations such as the Corporation for National and Community Service, Department of the Interior, National League of Cities, Department of Labor, etc. regularly reach out requesting photos and case studies from our membership to be incorporated in their publications and posts. With permission from the Corps, TCN staff shares Corps’ media so it can be incorporated into partner publications.

 

  • The Crewleader

    Every week, staff at Corps can receive The Crewleader, The Corps Network’s members-only e-newsletter. The Crewleader is full of helpful information, including announcements about grant and project opportunities; invitations to webinars and events; updates from partners; new resources; original blogs and analysis from our staff; and much more. The Crewleader is also a great way to share exciting updates from your own organization with the rest of the Corps community.

 

  • Participation in national studies/evaluations

    TCN membership organizes national studies to meet the evaluation requirements for funding entities. Past studies have focused on Opportunity Youth engagement, Corpsmember pre- and post-service attitudes toward national service, and the Public Lands Corps’ ability to meet federal agency needs at cost-effective rates.