Our AmeriCorps Program

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 AmeriCorps. Grants to AmeriCorps programs are administered at the state level by the organizations below:


AmeriCorps, a federal agency, brings people together to tackle the country’s most pressing challenges through national service and volunteering. AmeriCorps members and AmeriCorps Seniors volunteers serve with organizations dedicated to the improvement of communities. AmeriCorps helps make service to others a cornerstone of our national culture.

The Massachusetts Service Alliance

The Massachusetts Service Alliance is a private, nonprofit organization that serves as the state commission on service and volunteerism. The Massachusetts Service Alliance is 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 Massachusetts Service Alliance amplifies the impact of volunteerism and service across the Commonwealth by supporting organizations that help its residents and communities thrive.


ServeRI, Rhode Island’s Commission for National and Community Service, creates opportunities through AmeriCorps and volunteer programs for individuals of all ages, experiences, and abilities to develop their civic leadership and future careers. ServeRI helps Rhode Island communities build capacity to address unmet needs while placing hundreds of adults each year into paid AmeriCorps service positions where they learn valuable work skills, earn money for education, and make an immediate impact.