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Washington Service Corps FAQ

Q. What is Washington Service Corps (WSC)?
A. Washington Service Corps is the oldest publicly funded service program of its type in the nation. It provides a small living allowance and educational scholarships to young adults aged 17 and up who commit to 10½ months of community service. The program is administered by the Employment Security Department, using money provided by the federal AmeriCorps program.

Q. What is Washington Reading Corps?
A. Washington Reading Corps blends public, private and community resources to help struggling readers in kindergarten through sixth grade. It places 260 AmeriCorps State members in approximately 76 high-need elementary schools and 24 early-learning centers throughout the state in order to build sustainable tutoring and literacy-development programs. The program is administered through a partnership between the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI), the Washington Commission for National and Community Service (WCNCS), and the Washington Service Corps, a program of the Employment Security Department.

Q. How can someone apply to work for one of these programs?
A. Individuals interested in applying for service programs associated with Washington Service Corps should visit its website; programs are listed down the left side of the home page. Individuals must be at least 17 years old to apply and commit to serving a 10½ to 12-month term.

Q. How can someone become an unpaid volunteer for one of these programs?
A. Community volunteers are a vital component of all Washington Service Corps programs. Anyone wishing to volunteer should visit Washington Service Corps online to view programs in his or her area, or call 888-713-6080.

Additional Washington Service Corps facts:

  • $13.7 million budget for 2010-11 pays for operating costs and project grants; this includes $9 million for member living allowances that are spent in communities across the state. 
  • Service Corps members will earn a total of $3 million in education awards for use at Washington colleges and universities.
  • 98% of corps members report having a meaningful and successful service experience.
  • 95% of corps members report gaining new career development skills.