Take Action

Connect with Us


Spread the Word

Bookmark and Share

Habitat AmeriCorps

HFHAmeriCorps_20thAnniv_lockup

 

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 in the past, and will take part in all three programs again this year.

What benefits do AmeriCorps members receive?

Tangible Benefits:

  • 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

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?

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 to the service area and has served over 300 families.

What positions are available for the 2013-2014 service year?

AmeriCorps National Direct:

 

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

AmeriCorps*VISTA Program Overview
Indirect Service: create infrastructure and set up programs/manuals; project-minded
Build program/resources/sustainability
Living allowance of little under $11,000
Year long term; 365 days
$5550 Education Award or $1200 Cash Award
On call 24/7
Not permitted to have any outside obligations
Regional Orientation in addition to local orientation
Attend calls/trainings; Participate in week long Build-a-thon event
Minimum requirement: college degree or 3 years related experience

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

HFH AmeriCorps*VISTA  Program Objectives:

  • 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.

If I am selected, when would I start?

We are awaiting grant approval  for 2014-2015 AmeriCorps members, but if approved, 2014-2015 AmeriCorps*National Direct members would begin in late August 2014 and serve until late July 2015, and 2014-2015 AmeriCorps*VISTA members would begin August 2014 and serve until August 2015.

Will I be required to have a car?

Yes, 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.

How do I apply?

Interested applicants should submit a resume and cover letter to Deb Light or fax it to (614) 753-4210.  Applicants should also apply to the AmeriCorps program.

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

Habitat International and HFHMO will review applications and resumes and set up interviews with potential candidates.

Do you currently have AmeriCorps members?

We currently have four AmeriCorps*National Direct members.  Of the AmeriCorps*National Direct members, three are serving as a Construction Crew Lead and the final member is serving in the area of NRI community outreach.

Who can I contact about the AmeriCorps program at HFHMO?

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

“[My AmeriCorps service year] was such a valuable experience. I learned a great deal about my profession and learned a lot about myself as well.” Dena Lurie
2007-2008 AmeriCorps*VISTA alum