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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



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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

January 16, 2023
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day


April 24-28, 2023
National Volunteer Week

September 11
9/11 National Day of Service and Remembrance

October 28, 2023
Make a Difference Day

November 11
Veterans Day


Contact ASTAR

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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