Habitat AmeriCorps

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“We all had similarities: we want to make a difference in our communities, we want to learn new skills that could be translated to career positions, and we value helping others before ourselves. These qualities make up an AmeriCorps member with Habitat for Humanity, and they symbolize who we are as a group.”

Cody Jokela
AmeriCorps VISTA member (2016-2017) &

AmeriCorps National Direct member (2015-2016)

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*VISTA
  • AmeriCorps*NCCC (National Community Civilian Corps)

Habitat for Humanity-MidOhio has worked with all three programs through the past 15 years and will host 7 National Direct members and a VISTA member during the 2017– 2018 service year.

 

What benefits do AmeriCorps members receive?

Tangible Benefits:

  • NCCC_Dixon-dedicationModest 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 $5,815
  • MidOhio Affiliate will also provide additional housing assistance ($200/month for new members, and $300/month for returning Habitat AmeriCorps members while serving)

Intangible Benefits:

  • 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?

photo-b2b.cropped.-240x240Habitat 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 added Licking County and Madison County to the service area and has served nearly 400 families.

 

 

What are the positions available for the 2017-2018 service year?

All 2017-2018 positions are filled.

Please check back in early 2018 for a list of 2018-2019 positions.

 

Program Objectives:

AmeriCorps*National Direct

  • AmC-rebuild1Members 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

AmeriCorps*VISTA

  • Members will mobilize resources, link agencies with each other, and garner donations from local businesses and organizations
  • Members will organize community events, obtain resources to initiate and sustain project activities, and recruit members of the community to volunteer to solve their own problems
  • Members will provide training and other support to local residents as needed and establish or expand program activities to acquire funding, in-kind resources, volunteers, and community support to create sustainability

 

Program Overviews:

AmeriCorps*National Direct

  1. Direct Service: directly work with volunteers, families and on construction sites
  2. Help build capacity; support more volunteers, houses, families, resources
  3. Living allowance of $12,630
  4. 11 months term; working towards 1700 hours
  5. $5815 Education Award
  6. Not on call 24/7 (compared to AmeriCorps*VISTA program)
  7. Permitted to have outside job or go to school as long as doesn’t interfere with AmeriCorps service
  8. Complete a Community Service Project outside of Habitat as team during AmeriCorps Week
  9. Participate in week long HFHI Build-A-Thon event
  10. Minimum requirement: high school diploma/GED

AmeriCorps*VISTA

  1. Indirect Service: create infrastructure and set up program/manuals; project-minded
  2. Build program/resources/sustainability
  3. Living allowance of $11,880
  4. Year long term; 365 days
  5. $5815 Education Award or $1800 Cash Award
  6. On call 24/7
  7. Permitted to have outside job or go to school as long as doesn’t interfere with AmeriCorps service
  8. Complete a Community Service Project outside of Habitat as team during AmeriCorps Week
  9. Participate in week long HFHI Build-A-Thon event
  10. Minimum requirement: college degree or 3 years related experience

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Habitat AmeriCorps

Do you currently have AmeriCorps members?

We currently have eight AmeriCorps members: 7 AmeriCorps*National Direct members  and 1 AmeriCorps*VISTA member.  Of the AmeriCorps*National Direct members, five are serving as a Construction Crew Lead, one in the area of Homeowner Services, and one in Volunteer Services. Our AmeriCorps*VISTA member is serving in the role of program development.  We will be recruiting for 2018-2019 AmeriCorps members in spring 2018.

How do I apply?

We will be recruiting for 2018-2019 AmeriCorps members in spring 2018! Interested applicants should submit a resume and cover letter to Deb Light or fax it to (614) 753-4210.

Applicants should also apply on the Habitat for Humanity International website in the spring 2018.

If I am selected, when would I start?

The AmeriCorps*National Direct members will begin in late August 2018 and serve until July 2019.

The AmeriCorps*VISTA member will be begin in August 2018 and serve until August 2019.

I’ve submitted my application and resume, now what?

Once you have submitted your application and resume, Habitat International and HFHMO will review applications and resumes and set up interviews with potential candidates.  In the meantime, interested candidates can direct any additional questions or concerns to Deb Light.

Who can I contact about the AmeriCorps program at HFHMO?

Still more questions? Contact Deb Light, Director, Volunteer Services, at (614) 364-7020.

Will I be required to have a car?

Yes, we serve a three county area.  You will need to have your own transportation to and from the office and to the sites. You will also need to have your driver’s license and a good driving record. The position may require you to visit various sites or community agencies periodically.

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