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5 Reasons to Date an AmeriCorps Alum

February 13, 2012

Valentine’s Day/ Singles Awareness Day is tomorrow and it’s a holiday that resonates well in our hearts at AmeriCorps Alums. The chocolates, roses, and cards are all great, but what we really LOVE is seeing the service that’s continued to be modeled by our Alums. We give back to the country that we love and continue to serve because we love to do it.

Along the way, some of us even met our future partner from serving side by side during our service years. Obviously, with all of our skills and service experiences under our belts,  AmeriCorps Alums make GREAT dates.

Still got that special someone in your eye, but don’t know how to sell your amazing assets to them? Don’t want to spend this holiday all by yourself? No worries! We’ve found the top 5 reasons that’ll make your AmeriCorps service jumpstart your love life.

Here are the top 5 reasons to date an AmeriCorps Alum this Valentine’s Day:

  1. We’ve been prescreened: With over 775,000 AmeriCorps members since 1994, we’re part of an exclusive pool of dateable service leaders who’ve got plenty of interesting life experiences to share. In the recent year, over 500,000 people applied for only 80,000 AmeriCorps positions, so there’s already a quality niche group that’s already been prescreened! Your future partner won’t have to worry that they’re dating someone who’s apathetic and indifferent about giving back to their community. Instead, they’ll have an active and engaged leader who’s ready to take on any challenge.
  2. We have fun serving: With so many Alums committed to a Lifetime of Service, we have got plenty of date ideas! Whether it be house building with Habitat or helping out teens with job applications, serving in our communities is a lot of fun when you’re doing it with your boo thang.
  3. We continue to get things done:  From being recognized with the Eli Segal Entrepreneurship Award to being appointed the new President of Programs for Points of Light, we continue to do great work in our community. If your future partner is looking for proof of commitment and dedication, look no further!
  4. We don’t take a day off: It’s always a day ON for us. The same mentality we have for service carries on into our relationships. We serve to meet critical needs, so some TLC will surely be provided to our PYT’s.
  5. We are low maintenance: Your future dates don’t have to worry about any gold diggers in this bunch. We have committed one, two, even three years of service and it’s definitely not for the paycheck! Our NCCC Alums have worked and stayed in a variety of spaces, including church basements and gym floors, during disaster recovery projects, so we are used to making the most of what we got. We’ve got Class (S/O to the new NCCC Class 18!), but we’re not bourgie!

Did we miss other great qualities that AmeriCorps Alums possess?  Let us know in the comments below!

30 Comments leave one →
  1. veronicakirin permalink
    February 13, 2012 1:23 pm

    Hardworking, dedicated, great communicators (especially the NCCCs), good with people… Yeah, we’re baller.

  2. Chelsea Pepperman permalink
    February 13, 2012 7:28 pm

    Date one? How about marry one?! Class 12 sweethearts married five years in August with a 6 month old baby. Life is awesome- wouldn’t of met my soulmate had we not been a part of the NCCC fun. [:

  3. February 13, 2012 8:57 pm

    We have no money, so you can feel like you’re taking care of us when you pay for things.

  4. February 14, 2012 12:36 am

    Obviously super good looking! :)…and, most likely a sense of adventure

  5. February 14, 2012 9:32 am

    @Jenny – Truth!

  6. February 14, 2012 9:33 am

    @Fingerpainted – We also know how to make the most out of our stipends and benefits =]

  7. February 14, 2012 9:34 am

    @Veronica – Cosign!

  8. February 14, 2012 9:34 am

    @Chelsea – TOO. CUTE.

  9. nicole permalink
    February 14, 2012 11:43 am

    *We’re extra-creative (because we run programs with no budgets!) so you can definitely look forward to lots of cutesy hand-made gifts.
    *all the service projects we drag you to will beef up YOUR resume, too!
    *taking us out to applebees is about the same as taking us to a 5 star restaurant, given our typically food-stamp diet!
    *meeting your family is not going to scare us, period. no matter how crazy they are, we’ve served crazier. 🙂

  10. February 14, 2012 2:22 pm

    @Nicole – Who needs Etsy when you got Alums 😉

  11. February 14, 2012 8:50 pm

    ken is cute, just sayn’

  12. February 15, 2012 1:25 am

    Just celebrated my 1 year anniversary today with sweetie… We both served in Literacy AmeriCorps last year!

  13. February 15, 2012 1:25 am

    My* sweetie lol

  14. Megan P permalink
    February 15, 2012 9:26 am

    NCCC Class 2 Charleston – just celebrated 16 years with my husband, and so glad we were put in the same place through our AmeriCorps service!

  15. ErinnH permalink
    February 15, 2012 12:31 pm

    Together for 3 years on valentines day exact;y, married 2 years, and with a beautiful 5 month old baby! We met while serving together in AmeriCorps in GA; no better way to meet your soul mate 😀

  16. Jonathan Frew permalink
    February 15, 2012 6:39 pm

    Sounds like im going after the wrong type of women. I was fortunate to do CityYear here in Columbia, SC for 2 years and had the prvlidge of working with some NCCC Charleston members. 2 of the greatest and most rewarding years of my life!

    Jenny is kina cute!

  17. Rachet permalink
    February 15, 2012 8:44 pm

    Love this post! Almost 4 yrs with my NCCC teammate Class 14 (: Yay Denver!

  18. February 22, 2012 11:03 am

    We’re just hot people and #earthsexy ! LOL! I suppose the above are good points though to describe alums, whether we are in the mood to date others or not. AmeriCorps/VISTA changed my life. To the point, I’d re-enlist in a HEARTBEAT!

  19. f8thfulhelper permalink
    February 29, 2012 3:52 pm

    I loved my Americorps family only there were only two men who were already taken 😦 I look forward to reenlisting so maybe my soul mate will be in that group lol…I love Americorps!!!

  20. f8thfulhelper permalink
    February 29, 2012 3:55 pm

    Ooooops by the way congrats to those who are happily with there alum-mates!!

  21. stephanie permalink
    March 5, 2012 12:54 pm

    i loved our Americorps group we had so much fun…We were family and yes some even dated and got married…wow..Go Americorps!

  22. March 6, 2012 3:48 pm

    We have GREAT personalities.

  23. September 25, 2012 3:49 pm

    We all have to go through background checks, so you know we’re safe! haha

  24. Lizz permalink
    February 13, 2013 4:01 pm

    I served in VISTA while my bf finished college then convinced him to move out of state and we both served in a State program. Four years later…I have to agree with this list and the additions people have made in the comments.

  25. February 13, 2013 6:44 pm

    NCCC Class 7 and 8 Denver campus Alums. My partner and I have been together since TL year. Going on 12 years. I met some of the most amazing people I have ever met.

  26. sppsfbelieveachieve permalink
    February 14, 2013 4:50 pm

    Reblogged this on Believe*Achieve and commented:
    Happy Valentine’s Day, Believe*Achievers! Any other reasons to date an AmeriCorps member or alum?

  27. D.B. permalink
    March 3, 2015 9:35 am

    I dated an AmeriCorps alum and everything here is soooooo true (Although she was pretty awesome b4 serving)!! Especially the part about never taking a day off…that chick never rests but I love it. Unfortunately we broke up during her service but we’re still pretty in love…One day she’ll come around but in the meantime, thank you AmeriCorps for giving me one of the strongest, most helpful & most disciplined lovers EVER!


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