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 through the past 19 years and will be hosting 8 National Direct members during the 2021-2022 service year.
Available Positions: 2021-2022 Service Year
AmeriCorps National Direct Positions:
Construction Crew Leader (3 positions available; 2 filled)*
As a Construction Crew Leader, you will play an integral part in building and repairing homes. You will lead groups of skilled and unskilled volunteers and partner families in construction activities while maintaining a safe, efficient work environment, and you will develop and enhance your own volunteer management and construction skills along the way!
*New Construction Crew Leader (3 positions)
Construction Repair Crew Leader (1 position)
Construction Logistics Crew Leader (1 position available)
As a Construction Logistics Crew Leader, you will play a vital part in creating a smooth flow of building materials and tools to and from project sites while managing volunteers to help you in the process. You will also assist one day on site each week building alongside skilled and unskilled volunteers and partner families in construction activities, while enhancing your own volunteer management and construction skills through out the service year!
Volunteer Services Coordinator (1 position available)
Volunteers provide the hearts, hands, and voices to carry out Habitat’s mission on and off the build site. As a Volunteer Services Coordinator, you will help recruit, train, schedule, and recognize volunteers while growing the volunteer base and advancing individual and group partnerships.
Homeowner & Community Outreach Coordinator (1 position available)
Coming alongside our partner families and Habitat homeowners is at the heart of our mission. As a Homeowner & Community Outreach Coordinator, you will help recruit families, enhance the services available to partner families in our program, and broaden our reach and services available in the community.
AmeriCorps VISTA positions:
Resource Development VISTA Member (1 position available)
As a Resource Development VISTA Member, you will help enhance the participants' experience in various special programs: 24 Hours of Hockey, The Playhouse Project, Women Build, and faith relations, while creating useful tools and resources and increasing our fundraising efforts for our mission.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What benefits do AmeriCorps members receive?
- Modest living allowance of $16,300 for the service term for National Direct members and $13,000 for the service year for VISTA members
- Basic health insurance
- Training specific to service activities
- Childcare for eligible members
- Student loan forbearance during term of service
- Education Award of $6,345 upon completion of service term
- Housing assistance ($200/month for new members and $300/month for returning Habitat AmeriCorps members)
- 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
Do you currently have AmeriCorps members?
Yes! We currently have 3 AmeriCorps members: 2 Construction Crew Leaders and 1 Volunteer Services Coordinator.
How do I apply?
Interested applicants should send a resume and thoughtful cover letter to Deb Light.
I’ve submitted my application and resume, now what?
Habitat International and HFHMO will review applications and set up interviews with potential candidates. In the meantime, please direct any additional questions to Deb Light.
If I am selected, when do I start?
2021-2022 AmeriCorps VISTA members will serve August 2021 to August 2022, while National Direct members will serve August 2021 to July 2022.
Will I be required to have a car?
Yes, you will need to have access to a personal vehicle. You will also need a driver’s license and a good driving record.
Who can I contact with any further questions about the AmeriCorps program at HFHMO?
Contact Deb Light at firstname.lastname@example.org or 614-364-7020.