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ASTAR (Appalachian Service Through Action and Resources) is a Maryland AmeriCorps program. ASTAR provides direct, substantive services through our partnering programs in Maryland.  AmeriCorps members provide direct service to build capacity within the agencies they serve. Service includes, but is not limited to, educational programming, field trips, campus, outreach, health and wellness, drug awareness, senior programming, food pantries, and community gardens. 

The ASTAR program is managed through a partnership with Frostburg State University, University System of Maryland - Hagerstown, the Maryland Governor's Office of Service and Volunteerism, and AmeriCorps. The ASTAR program is a statewide national service program.

Twenty-five site partnerships in the four-county region of Western Maryland sponsor AmeriCorps positions. To learn more about ASTAR, please contact Lisa Clark, ASTAR Director, at 301-697-3359.

Apply to ASTAR

AmeriCorps Official Application

All AmeriCorps members are required to complete a three-part criminal history check including a sex offender registry check. 

Are you an incoming first-year student? If so, check out the ECHOSTARS program.

AmeriCorps Prohibited Activities


ECHOSTARS  |  Rising STARS | Partnering Agencies




We are an AmeriCorps grantee and receive funds as part of their State and National Program as well as the Governor's Office on Service and Volunteerism 

National Days of Service

September 11th
9/11 National Day of Service and Remembrance

October 23, 2021
Make a Difference Day

November 11th
Veterans Day

January 17, 2022
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

April 18-22, 2022
National Volunteer Week

Contact ASTAR

Photo of Lisa Clark

Lisa Clark
Director, ASTAR

University of System of Maryland - Hagerstown
32 W. Washington St, Hagerstown, MD 21740
Phone: 301.697.3359
Fax: 301.687.7049