TerraCorps & AmeriCorps

An Innovative Approach to
Service & Leadership Development

TerraCorps is an environmental nonprofit working at the intersection of land conservation, sustainable agriculture, and food justice to grow the next generation of environmental leaders. We operate as an AmeriCorps program intermediary and administrator, facilitating access to federal resources that are often out of reach for small, community-based nonprofits.

TerraCorps believes in the power of local nonprofits to best understand and serve their communities. We also know that these same nonprofits are consistently under-resourced without sufficient staff or volunteer capacity to deliver their core interventions at necessary scale.

To respond to this community need, TerraCorps helps community nonprofits leverage the AmeriCorps national service model. Each year, we recruit a new cohort of up to 60 AmeriCorps Service Members and place them at a service site organization within our network of 40+ nonprofit partners throughout Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Service members are paired with a site supervisor, an experienced professional, who provides them guidance and mentorship while they learn to manage community programs and projects throughout their service term.

Members, partner organizations, and the communities they serve all benefit from the TerraCorps service model. Members gain professional skillsets, real world experience, and networking opportunities that may help them launch their careers. Partner organizations receive an immediate capacity boost that strengthens their ability to fulfill their missions and improves their sustainability. Communities are the beneficiaries of the improved and expanded services that our partner organizations are able deliver through their partnership with TerraCorps.

One of the most valued aspects of the TerraCorps service model is that it allows our service site partners the flexibility to align Members’ activities with local needs and priorities while they serve in one of the following five Member Coordinator roles:

TerraCorps Member Coordinator Roles

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Our Partnership with AmeriCorps

TerraCorps is a grant funded program contingent upon renewal of federal funding from the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS). CNCS grants to AmeriCorps programs are administered at the state level by the organizations below:


AmeriCorps engages more than 80,000 men and women in intensive service each year through 15,000+ nonprofits, schools, public agencies, and community and faith-based groups across the country. AmeriCorps members help communities tackle pressing problems. They leverage their service by mobilizing volunteers to help address community needs for environmental stewardship, health, education, economic opportunity, disaster services, and support to veterans & military families.

The Massachusetts Service Alliance

The Massachusetts Service Alliance is a private, nonprofit organization that serves as the state commission on service and volunteerism. They are committed to increasing the number of people engaged in meaningful volunteer opportunities across Massachusetts that are both fulfilling for the volunteers and Corps members and that meet critical needs in our community. The Mass Service Alliance amplifies the impact of volunteerism and service across the Commonwealth by supporting organizations that help our residents and communities thrive.


ServeRI, Rhode Island’s Commission for National and Community Service, catalyzes inclusive, equitable service opportunities to strengthen Rhode Island by directing national service resources and volunteers to evidence-based programs that make a measurable impact in education, health, housing, and other social services. Service and volunteer programs do more than move communities forward; they serve the participants by providing pathways to new career and leadership opportunities. National service places hundreds of adults each year into intensive service positions in Rhode Island where they learn valuable work skills, earn money for education, and develop a life-long commitment to active citizenship.