If you’d like to help improve our community while learning new job skills and earning a stipend, you’ve come to the right place. Mesa United Way has teamed up with AmeriCorps, the federal program that encourages national and community service while providing valuable job training.

The benefits for participants and the community are enormous. Since Congress created the Corporation for National and Community Service in 1993, tens of thousands of individuals have been mobilized at every level – national, state and community – to help meet pressing needs, from cleaning up parks and neighborhoods to helping individuals get access to health care.

Mesa United Way and other Arizona organizations that utilize AmeriCorps participants work with the Governor’s Office of Youth, Faith, and Family and the Governor’s Commission on Service and Volunteerism to ensure that targeted needs are addressed.

Service priorities include education, health care, the environment, veterans and economic opportunities. Explore our AmeriCorps program opportunities below.

Operation Second Wind

If you’re 55 or older, Operation Second Wind could be the right AmeriCorps opportunity for you. As part of the AmeriCorps program, Operation Second Wind places citizens of Mesa, most aged 55 or over, as service delivery professionals at nonprofit human and health services agencies around the city. Mesa United Way works with each AmeriCorps applicant to match them with one of the participating agencies. The AmeriCorps member then provides services at one of the agency’s service sites, where they generally partner with a ‘mentor-trainer’ in that office. Our AmeriCorps deliver crucial services in the areas of: economic hardship and homelessness, childhood literacy, veterans’ affairs, adult health and wellness, volunteer coordination, and more.

Our AmeriCorps Partners:

East Valley Adult Resources
College Bound
City of Mesa
Mesa Counts on College
United Food Bank
Bridging Arizona
Helen’s Hope Chest
Lutheran Social Services
A New Leaf
Save the Family

Commitment and Benefits

All positions are part-time, ranging from seven to 20 hours per week. Each position is awarded a bi-weekly stipend, determined by the level of commitment. Additionally, Operation Second Wind AmeriCorps members receive a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award that can be used for tuition, student loans, or school supplies. If you serving as an AmeriCorps member and you are over 55 years old, this scholarship can be gifted to a direct descendent within seven years of your service. For more information about AmeriCorps benefits, please contact Harmony Nelson at or (480) 834-2119.

Mesa Youth Unite

Mesa Youth Unite is an AmeriCorps program that runs for twelve weeks. During that time, AmeriCorps members will tutor elementary-aged children in reading, help run children’s programming in agencies that work with low-income families, and plan family events to encourage parent-involvement. AmeriCorps members receive a financial stipend throughout the duration of the program, and following completion of the required hours and expectations, will also earn scholarship money for college.

For more information about available positions in Mesa Youth Unite, please contact Harmony Nelson at