Member Benefits


  • AmeriCorps Benefits
  • Professional Developmt.
  • Community Living & Retreats

Living Allowance

Because Notre Dame- AmeriCorps is partnered with the Corporation for National and Community Service, we are able to offer our members a yearly living allowance which is distributed bi-weekly over the 11 months term. The pre-tax figure for 2016-2017 is $12,530.

The Education Award

Upon completion of an 11 month service term, AmeriCorps members receive a taxable education award of $5,775 (2016-17 service year). The education award can be applied to qualified student loans or future education at a Title IV institution. To learn more about the education award and the National Service Trust, please visit AmeriCorps' page on the subject.

Student Loan Forbearance

Members of NDA are eligible for forbearance of federal student loans during their term of service. This means that while a member is serving, he or she does not make payments on his or her qualifying loans. In addition, the National Trust will pay the interest that accrues on the loan at the end of the term of service. For more information please visit Postponing Student Loan Payments and Getting Interest Paid

Optional Health Insurance

We provide optional healthcare while you serve with NDA. The health insurance is through a partnership with The Corps Network and Summit America.
To learn more, visit the Summit America website.

Child Care

NDA members may also be eligible for child care benefits. The AmeriCorps Child Care Program covers up to the state’s local market rate for child care fees and makes payments directly to the member’s caregiver. Members must select a legal caregiver as determined by the state and complete an application. For more information about childcare benefits visit the Gap Solutions website. To qualify for child care assistance, members must fall into a certain income bracket determined by the state.

Whether you’re a recent college graduate transitioning from school into the working world or a professional making a career change, serving with NDA is a great way to learn new skills and gain experience in education, social work, and the non-profit sector. NDA allows members to experience new situations while offering strong support and relevant training while also nurturing the spiritual and emotional element of the service year.

Orientation and Training

orientation picWe offer an orientation at the beginning of the year for members to get to know their group and introduce them to their service year. Orientation takes place either locally or regionally. In addition, each site director holds team meetings on a bi-weekly basis, giving their team workshops and discussion opportunities throughout the year.

Mid Year Training

In mid-February, NDA holds its annual Mid-Year Training. The 2014 event was held in Baltimore, where members and staff from all over the country gathered for 3 days to hear speakers, attend workshops, and share their experiences. Accommodations and transportation are provided for NDA members. It is a great opportunity to connect with other members, gain knowledge and skills to take back to their service sites, and create enthusiasm for the second half of the year.
Check out photos from previous Mid-Year events:
2014 - Baltimore
2013 - Baltimore
2012 - Baltimore
2010 - Baltimore
2007 - Washington, DC

Community Living

Living in community can be a great way to spend your year of service. Community provides a supportive environment with other members in modest accommodations. NDA offers community living in select cities and provides community support to them during the year. Below is a list of cities offering community living or housing this year. Members do pay a modest rent to site directors for housing costs.

  • Apopka, FL
  • Baltimore, MD
  • Bend, OR
  • Los Angeles, CA
  • Rochester, NY
  • San Francisco/Redwood City, CA
  • Watsonville, CA
  • Boston, MA
  • Philadelphia, PA

If you are interested in relocating to a city to serve where community living is not offered, talking to a Site Director may help you to figure out the approximate housing costs in the area and possibly find a roommate who will also be serving.

In addition, we encourage you to check out our community living page, where you can read more about this unique experience and its benefits.

Spiritual Retreats

NDA’s establishment is rooted in the work and spirituality of the Sisters of Notre Dame who have been serving the economically poor since 1804. We are committed to nurturing the spiritual growth of our members as an option to them. We are also very inclusive of those members who choose not to participate in spiritual activities. Spiritual retreats are optional and take place throughout the year regionally. Retreats are another wonderful way to get to know the Sisters and other members better and reflect on what serving means for each individual and for the wider world.