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 11-month 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 a 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:
- Land Conservation Coordinator
- Land Stewardship Coordinator
- Community Engagement Coordinator
- Youth Education Coordinator
- Sustainable Agriculture Coordinator