There are certain activities that AmeriCorps members and staff members of AmeriCorps programs should not engage in as part of their service with AmeriCorps or while representing AmeriCorps. These activities are called the Prohibited Activities. The activities include:
- Attempting to influence legislation.
- Organizing or engaging in protests, petitions, boycotts, or strikes (i.e. crossing a picket line, joining a picket line.)
- Assisting, promoting or deterring union organizing.
- Impairing existing contracts for services or collective bargaining agreements.
- Engaging in partisan political activities or other activities designed to influence the outcome of an election to any public office (i.e. campaigning for a specific candidate)
- Participating in or endorsing events or activities that are likely to include advocacy for or against political parties, political platforms, political candidates, proposed legislation, or elected officials (i.e. participating in any rally; sending politically motivated chain emails during service hours)
- Engaging in religious instruction; conducting worship services; providing instruction as part of a program that includes mandatory religious instruction or worship; constructing or operating facilities devoted to religious instruction or worship; maintaining facilities primarily or inherently devoted to religious instruction or worship; or engaging in any form of religious proselytization (i.e. service in a soup kitchen at a church that benefits the community is allowed, but not working on a church facility or teaching Sunday school which only benefits the church congregation).
- Organizing or participating in voter registration drives
- Providing a direct benefit to:
- A for- profit entity (i.e. babysitting for a corporate sponsor during a holiday party as “service”; renovating grounds or buildings of a for-profit company)
- A labor union
- A partisan political organization (i.e. working on a political campaign as “service”
- An organization engaged in the religious activities described above unless the activity is not religious in nature, and is available to the community
- A nonprofit entity that fails to comply with the restrictions contained in section 501(c)(3) of U.S. Code Title 26.
- Providing abortion services or referrals for receipt of such services.
Individuals may exercise their rights as private citizens and may participate in the above activities on non- AmeriCorps time. The AmeriCorps logo should not be worn while doing so. Any perceived association with AmeriCorps Program while engaging in these activities should be avoided.
At no time while the member is engaged in service activities may he/she:
- Engage in any activity that is illegal under local, state, or federal law.
- Engage in activities that pose a significant safety risk to others.
- Engage in any prohibited activities.
- Prepare any part of a grant proposal or perform fundraising functions to help achieve the match requirement, or provide fund-raising assistance that does not provide immediate and direct support to the program objectives.