AmeriCorps

September 2017 AmeriCorps State Openings


Summer 2018 Positions Available! 
The Power of We Consortium AmeriCorps State Program is hiring for Summer 2018. 

Commonly known as the “domestic Peace Corps,” AmeriCorps is a national service program governed by a federal agency – the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) – and administered in Michigan by the Michigan Community Service Commission (MCSC). AmeriCorps is a network of local, state, and national service programs that connects Americans in intensive service to meet our country’s critical needs in education, public safety, health and the environment. AmeriCorps members serve with nonprofits, public agencies, and faith-based and community organizations. Since 1994, AmeriCorps State members have provided needed assistance to millions of Americans across the nation. 

The PWC AmeriCorps State Program places members at organizations to work directly with the community in areas of food security programming and youth programming to reduce obesity. Members will serve throughout Ingham County from April 3rd, 2018 -  August 31st, 2018. Members will serve a total of 450 hours, 20-25 hours/week. 


  

Benefits of summer members: 
  • Living stipend of $3,200 (distributed bi-weekly) 
  • Student loan forbearance for qualified loans
  • Education award of $1,538.36 upon successful completion of service
  • Continual professional development training

The Power of We AmeriCorps State Program is recruiting three individuals to fill the following positions for a April 3rd start date: 

Community Garden Coordinator; Edgewood Village
This position is housed at Edgewood Village. Edgewood Village provides low income families and senior citizens to affordable housing while providing social, recreational, commercial and communal facilities to residents. Member will support Edgewood Village's mission to improve the communal quality of life for its residents through efforts in the following areas: community garden management, gardening education, volunteer management and food distribution.  CLICK HERE TO VIEW FULL POSITION.


Community Gardens Coordinator; NorthWest Initiative 
This position is housed at NorthWest Initiative. NorthWest Initiative is a community development organization that services residents who reside in 48906, 48915, 48917 east of Waverly Rd and 48933 zip codes. Our goal is to help improve overall health and quality of life for low-income residents. To learn more about our organization and the services provided visit:http://nwlansing.org/. Member will work directly with community gardeners to provide expertise, tools, and resources. CLICK HERE TO VIEW FULL POSITION. 


Garden and Health Facilitator, Rainbow Homes
This positions is housed at Rainbow Homes. Rainbow Homes has been providing residential supports for adults with cognitive impairments for 18 years. The 30 residents are encouraged to grow personally and spiritually to reach their given potential. Rainbow Homes strives to promote spiritual development, foster life-long friendships, volunteerism, self-determination, and inclusion in the community so residents experience a full life. To learn more visit: www.rainbow-homes.org. The member will support and encourage residents to adopt healthy lifestyle habits through the use of the on-site community garden, cooking classes, and exercise promotion, classes and involvement. CLICK HERE TO VIEW FULL POSITION.


Garden Project Resources Center Coordinator, Greater Lansing Food Bank-Garden Project
This position is housed at Greater Lansing Food Bank's Garden Project.  The Garden Project, a 30+ year program of the Greater Lansing Food Bank (GLFB), provides access to land, how-to education, free seeds and plants, tool lending, a networking hub and more, so that all community members can have access to fresh, healthy food through gardening opportunities. For more information, visit www.greaterlansingfoodbank.org. The Garden Project Resources Coordinator will perform a variety of duties to expand and enrich Garden Project services, especially to underserved populations, through resource distribution and improving access to healthy foods.  CLICK HERE TO VIEW FULL POSITION.


Garden Support Specialist, Greater Lansing Food Bank-Garden Project
This position is housed at Greater Lansing Food Bank's Garden Project.  The Garden Project, a 30+ year program of the Greater Lansing Food Bank (GLFB), provides access to land, how-to education, free seeds and plants, tool lending, a networking hub and more, so that all community members can have access to fresh, healthy food through gardening opportunities. For more information, visit www.greaterlansingfoodbank.org. The Garden Support Specialist will provide hands-on garden support to a network of Garden Project (GP) community gardens across Ingham County. Member responsibilities will include tilling, mowing, infrastructure repairs and providing basic community garden site maintenance, all in efforts to support the GP’s yearlong push for garden sustainability. CLICK HERE FOR FULL POSITION.



To apply, candidates must submit a cover letter & resume that indicates which position(s) they are interested in to PWC AmeriCorps State Program Director, Andrea Villanueva at avillanueva@ingham.org by February 23rd by 5pm. 

Benefits of full time members: 
  • Living stipend of $12,630 (distributed bi-weekly)
  • Loan forbearance for qualified student loans
  • Health, dental & vision coverage
  • Childcare (if eligible)
  • Education award in the amount of $5,815 upon successful completion of service
  • Continual professional development training
Benefits of full time members: 
  • Living stipend of $12,630 (distributed bi-weekly)
  • Loan forbearance for qualified student loans
  • Health, dental & vision coverage
  • Childcare (if eligible)
  • Education award in the amount of $5,815 upon successful completion of service
  • Continual professional development training
Benefits of full time members: 
  • Living stipend of $12,630 (distributed bi-weekly)
  • Loan forbearance for qualified student loans
  • Health, dental & vision coverage
  • Childcare (if eligible)
  • Education award in the amount of $5,815 upon successful completion of service
  • Continual professional development training
Benefits of full time members: 
  • Living stipend of $12,630 (distributed bi-weekly)
  • Loan forbearance for qualified student loans
  • Health, dental & vision coverage
  • Childcare (if eligible)
  • Education award in the amount of $5,815 upon successful completion of service
  • Continual professional development training

March 2018 AmeriCorps VISTA Openings



4 POSITIONS AVAILABLE IN MARCH 2018
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AmeriCorps VISTA is a national service program that has been working to alleviate poverty in America since 1965.  VISTA’s serve full-time for one year at nonprofit organizations or local government agencies to build the capacity of these organizations to carry out programs that fight poverty.  AmeriCorps VISTA members recruit and manage community volunteers, raise funds, and help manage projects.  More specifically, the Power of We AmeriCorps VISTA Program focuses on building the capacity of organizations in the areas of education and economic opportunity.  
Members will serve in a full-time, 36-40 hours per week, capacity from March 2018-March 2019.  

Benefits of Service:
Living Allowance
Education Award
Loan Forbearance or Deferment
Professional Development Training
Healthcare Benefit
Childcare Benefit

WE ARE RECRUITING INDIVIDUALS TO FILL THE FOLLOWING POSITIONS:
Neighborhood Connector
This position will be serving with the City of Lansing.  The AmeriCorps VISTA member will support the Mayor’s Neighborhood Advisory Board; cultivate partnerships among stakeholders, who can build capacity and serve as volunteers for neighborhood projects; and, support a communications strategy that reaches residents of the City’s neighborhoods as well as local, regional and national partners.

Resource Development Coordinator
This position will be serving with the City of Lansing.  The AmeriCorps VISTA member will support neighborhoods and citizens in sourcing resources for projects of their design; cultivate partnerships among stakeholders who can build capacity and serve as volunteers for target low-income neighborhood revitalization projects; assist with the Love Your Block program strategic planning process; and, ensure the sustainability of the program through volunteer engagement and the pursuit of additional funding opportunities.
 

Resource Coordinator
This position will be serving with the MSU Student Housing Cooperative.  The AmeriCorps VISTA member will become familiar with SHC and Worker cooperatives; evaluate, design, and implement additional educational and training programs; and, increase the impact and influence of cooperative and shared-equity housing as an economic development tool and poverty alleviation in Ingham County.

Resource Developer
This position will be serving with the MSU Student Housing Cooperative.  The AmeriCorps VISTA member will assess the Student Housing Cooperative's opportunities and shortcomings in meeting community needs and increase the impact and influence of cooperative and shared-equity housing and food as an economic development tool in Ingham County.

To APPLY send a resume and cover letter that indicates which position(s) that interest you to the Power of We AmeriCorps VISTA Program Director, Rose Henderson at rhenderson@ingham.org by​​ January 26, 2018 by 5pm. 

 

About AmeriCorps State

Commonly known as the “domestic Peace Corps,” AmeriCorps is a national service program governed by a federal agency – the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) – and administered in Michigan by the Michigan Community Service Commission (MCSC). AmeriCorps is a network of local, state, and national service programs that connects Americans in intensive service to meet our country’s critical needs in education, public safety, health and the environment. AmeriCorps members serve with nonprofits, public agencies, and faith-based and community organizations. Since 1994, AmeriCorps State members have provided needed assistance to millions of Americans across the nation.

The Power of We Consortium AmeriCorps State Program places AmeriCorps members throughout Ingham County to increase food security and reduce chronic disease in residents by focusing on two project goals:

1. Increase consumption of healthy foods and reduce food insecurity with gardening, food distribution and referrals.
2. Teach community members the importance of eating healthy foods and strategies to adopt better diets.



About AmeriCorps VISTA

AmeriCorps VISTA, or Volunteers in Service to America, is a national service program that was designed to eliminate poverty through capacity building in American communities. The VISTA program, created in 1965 and conceived by President John F. Kennedy, was formally incorporated into the AmeriCorps network of programs in 1993 and now governed by a federal agency – the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS).

The Power of We Consortium AmeriCorps VISTA Program began in 2006 and has placed VISTA members at multiple host sites, or sub-sites, at area non-profits, public agencies, and faith and community–based organizations. The VISTA members commit to one year of full-time service in InghamCounty in the areas of education and economic opportunity. They have the unique charge of building their host site’s organizational , administrative and financial capacity. To view The Power of We Consortium current Americorps VISTA team, visit the AmeriCorps VISTA Sites page.