About the Preserve WV Americorps Program
The 2019-2020 Preserve WV AmeriCorps recruitment period is open. Learn more about our program. Application information and information about open sites are available at http://www.pawv.org/join-americorps.html
The Preserve WV AmeriCorps program is Preservation Alliance of West Virginia’s statewide service initiative where members help main streets thrive, help communities capture their local history, and preserve beloved West Virginia landmarks. The Preserve WV AmeriCorps program implements historic preservation, proven capacity building methods, and cultural heritage tourism site development throughout West Virginia to improve our local communities and economy.
Paid full-time and half-time members are placed for a year at individual Preserve WV AmeriCorps sites, which are nonprofit organizations and government agencies across the state; they range from museums and archives to Historic Landmarks Commissions and revitalization-focused Main Street organizations. Members will enhance heritage tourism opportunities and increase visitation at their sites; preserve historical resources in their sites’ communities (such as buildings, landscapes, historic districts, and museum/archival collections); and build sites’ capacity (particularly through volunteer management) to increase their efficiency, effectiveness, and/or program reach.
AmeriCorps service is neither employment nor volunteering; it is a unique, paid, National Service opportunity that is similar to the Peace Corps. Grant-funded AmeriCorps State programs such as Preserve WV AmeriCorps are overseen by a federal agency, the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), and by a state commission, which in Preserve WV’s case is Volunteer West Virginia. AmeriCorps programs take multiple approaches to improving lives, fostering civic engagement, and addressing critical community needs through direct service. AmeriCorps’ official motto is “Get Things Done.” More information about AmeriCorps is available at https://www.nationalservice.gov/