AmeriCorps

August 2017 AmeriCorps State Openings


The Power of We Consortium AmeriCorps State Program is hiring for the 2017-18 program year! 

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 October 16, 2017 - September 26, 2018. Full time members will serve a total of 1,700 hours; ~ 36 hours/week. 


  

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

The Power of We AmeriCorps State Program is recruiting individuals to fill the following positions: 


4-H Nutrition & Hoop House Advocate; part - time
This position is housed at South Side Community Coalition (SSCC) To learn more about SSCC visit http://southsidecommunitycoalition.org/. For more than a decade, SSCC has established a 4-H garden program that serves over 50 minority and at-risk youth in the area. Youth in the program take part in educational activities, leadership trips, mentoring and showing their projects to the community at Ingham County Fair. Currently, our 4-H garden program has been allowed to expand by an award from the USDA to build a hoop house at our location. Member will manage hoop house will creating and facilitating youth nutrition and gardening education. CLICK HERE TO VIEW FULL POSITION

Food Access Coordinator; 

This position is housed at NorthWest Initiate and time will be split between NWI programming and First Presbyterian Church programming. Both organizations are housed in the same building and coordinate often. NorthWest Initiative (NWI) was established in 2000 as a nonprofit neighborhood organization working to improve the overall health of the community and quality of life for low income residents in northwest Lansing. To learn more about NorthWest Initiative visit http://nwlansing.org/. This position supports one goal of NorthWest Initiative which is to improve access to, availability of, and knowledge about healthy foods. CLICK HERE TO VIEW FULL POSITION.

Garden Development Specialist; 
This position is housed at Ingham County Land Bank with their Garden Program. To learn more about ICLB visit http://www.inghamlandbank.org/. The Garden Development Specialist will support and expand household gardens and community gardens in Lansing’s most at-risk neighborhoods. The member will utilize the Land Bank’s parcel inventory to connect residents with land on which to develop gardens, maintain ongoing communication with all program participants, and ensure that all resources are sourced, transported, and delivered in a timely fashion. CLICK HERE TO VIEW FULL POSITION. 

Gardening Educator; 
This position is housed at Allen Neighborhood Center, to learn more about ANC visit http://allenneighborhoodcenter.org/. Member will collaborate with the GardenHouse Director to develop and promote a robust gardening program throughout the Eastside through Hunter Park GardenHouse programming, Youth Service Corps classes, Garden-in-a-Box, Edible Park, and Fruit Tree Project. CLICK HERE TO VIEW FULL POSITION. 

Healthy Lifestyle Coach - 3 positions available; 
This position is housed through Lansing Housing Commission at their three Computer Learning Centers. Three part-time positions are available with this title and will be placed at: 3338 N. Waverly, 3122 N. Turner, and 2400 Reo Road. AmeriCorps members will assist the LHC in the Computer Learning Centers (CLC) by providing coaching activities with an emphasis on eating healthy foods and establishing better diets for our resident and surrounding neighborhood youth. CLICK HERE TO VIEW FULL POSITION. 

Pantry and Market Education Facilitator; 
This position is housed at Allen Neighborhood Center, to learn more about ANC visit http://allenneighborhoodcenter.org/. Member will coordinate the collection, preparation, and distribution of food donations for weekly Breadbasket Food Pantry along with coordinating and facilitating nutrition/cooking classes for the center and at farmers markets. CLICK HERE TO VIEW FULL POSITION.

Volunteer and Food & Fitness Coordinator; 
This position is housed at Allen Neighborhood Center, to learn more about ANC visit http://allenneighborhoodcenter.org/. Member will recruit, orient, and link volunteers to food and fitness enhancing programs offered by Allen Neighborhood Center (Allen Farmers Market, Hunter Park GardenHouse, AMP Kitchen, Breadbasket Pantry, Market Walk) or other organizational needs. Member will also coordinate & promote the Market Walk program to provide fitness & nutrition education to neighbors. CLICK HERE TO VIEW 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 August 7th @ 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

August 2017 AmeriCorps VISTA Openings


The Power of We Consortium AmeriCorps VISTA program is looking for 
3 individuals to join the team in August 2017! 

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.

Benefits of Serving in the AmeriCorps VISTA Program:

  • Living Allowance 
  • Relocation Allowance
  • End of Service Award
  • Healthcare Benefit
  • Professional Development and Training
  • Child Care Benefit

The Power of We AmeriCorps VISTA Program is recruiting individuals to fill the following positions: 

Community Housing Specialist, Service Site: Eastside Community Action Center
The VISTA member will help ensure that low income residents move from renting to home ownership. Neighborhood residents will receive educational, social, and emotional support they need to help them break the cycle of poverty from the Neighborhood Stabilization Program Housing Specialist. The VISTA Member will build the capacity of ECAC by developing a sustainable referral and resource housing system for our community residents.

Financial Asset Navigator, Service Site: NorthWest Initiative
The VISTA member will be responsible for assisting with coordinating various regularly scheduled financial literacy workshops, with an additional focus on coordinating workshops within the Lansing Schools. 

Financial Literacy Program Developer , Service Site: Refugee Development Center
The VISTA member will help ensure that Newcomer (refugee and immigrant) residents receive assistance to improve their financial literacy, improve their overall assets, support and enhance efforts to identify financial literacy resources and opportunities and implement financial training curricula, specifically for culturally diverse audiences, with partner organizations and institutions.

How to Apply: 
Send a resume and cover letter for each of the positions that interest you to the Power of We AmeriCorps VISTA Program Director, Rose Henderson at rhenderson@ingham.org by​​ July 15, 2017 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.