What is AmeriCorps?
AmeriCorps (pronounced Ameri-core) is a network of local, state, and national service programs that connects more than 75,000 Americans each year in intensive service to meet our country’s critical needs in education, public safety, health, and the environment.
- National Service website
AmeriCorps is a program of the Corporation of National and Community Service (CNCS) and began in 1994. AmeriCorps is commonly described as a domestic Peace Corps. AmeriCorps members commit to a year of full-time service.
There are three programs under the umbrella of AmeriCorps:
- AmeriCorps*State & *National
- AmeriCorps*NCCC (National Community Civilian Corps)
Habitat for Humanity-MidOhio has worked with all three programs in the past, and will host National Direct members during the 2015 – 2016 service year.
What benefits do AmeriCorps members receive?
- Modest living allowance
- Basic health insurance
- Worker’s compensation insurance
- FICA/SS tax
- Training specific to service activities
- Childcare for eligible members
- Student loan forbearance during term of service
- Education Award of $5,550
- Columbus Affiliate will also provide additional housing assistance
- Chance to help others/perform community service
- Explore future job/education interests
- Learn about and work with other ethnic/cultural groups
- Ability to be apart of a national movement
- Meet new people
- Put your faith into action
- Learn about poverty/poverty housing issues
- Get involved with Habitat
What is Habitat for Humanity-MidOhio?”
Habitat for Humanity-MidOhio (HFHMO) is a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian housing ministry that works in partnership with God and people to build affordable homes, empower families, and develop communities.
Habitat for Humanity-MidOhio has been serving the Columbus area since 1987, has recently added Licking County and Madison County to the service area and has served over 300 families.
What positions are available for the 2015-2016 service year?
How do I apply for the 2015-2016 service year?
- Construction Crew Lead: http://www.habitat.org/job/oh-columbus-national-construction-crew-leadership
- Community Outreach Coordinator:
|AmeriCorps*National Direct Program Overview|
|Direct Service: directly work with volunteers, families and on construction sites|
|Help build capacity; support more volunteers, houses, families, resources|
|Living allowance of little over $12,000|
|11 months term; working towards 1700 hours|
|$5550 Education Award|
|Not on call 24/7 (compared to AmeriCorps*VISTA program)|
|Permitted to have outside job or go to school as long as doesn’t interfere with AmeriCorps service|
|Attend week long National Service Leadership Conference|
|Complete a Community Service Project outside of Habitat as team during AmeriCorps Week|
|Participate in week long HFHI Build-A-Thon event|
|Minimum requirement: high school diploma/GED|
HFH AmeriCorps*National Direct Program Objectives:
- Members will increase the quality of life for low-income families by building and renovating houses with Habitat partner families
- Members will strengthen communities by enabling Habitat for Humanity affiliates to utilize more volunteers more effectively, bringing diverse partners together in a common cause
- Members will develop their skills in construction and leadership by serving as crew leaders for community volunteers on a daily basis
- Members will develop their sense of citizenship through their service and reflection, and by being inspired by the hundreds of volunteers each of them will serve alongside