AmeriCorps

Now Hiring 8 VISTAs to Start Service August 2019!



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, Economic Opportunity, and Healthy Futures.   
All AmeriCorps VISTA m
embers serve full-time (37-40 hours per week) from
August 5, 2019 to August 4, 2020.
  

Benefits of Service:
Living Allowance of $12,311 (distributed biweekly)
Education Award ($6,095) OR Cash Stipend ($1,800)
Non-Competitive Eligibility
Loan Forbearance for Qualified Student Loans
Professional Development and Training
Healthcare Benefit
Childcare Assistance

WE ARE HIRING FOR THE FOLLOWING POSITIONS:

PROGRAM SUPPORT SPECIALIST 
Edgewood Village Network Center
The AmeriCorps VISTA member will engage in academic, enrollment, and retention support activities for economically disadvantaged K-12 students to create a college-going culture and first generation college students to promote college success.  

NEIGHBORHOOD CONNECTOR
Department of Neighborhoods and Citizen Engagement, City of Lansing

The AmeriCorps member will assist neighborhood organizations and citizens in Lansing in designing, resourcing, and implementing projects that benefit their community; support a communications strategy that reaches residents of the City's neighborhoods as well as local, regional, and national partners; and, cultivate partnerships among stakeholders, city agencies, nonprofit organizations, and block groups who can build capacity and serve as volunteers.  The VISTA will also support the Mayor's Neighborhood Advisory Board grant application process and the Citizen's Academy program.  

NEWCOMER OUTREACH AND DEVELOPMENT COORDINATOR
Refugee Development Center
The AmeriCorps VISTA member will serve to help ensure that Newcomer (refugee and immigrant) residents receive assistance with post-secondary education and implement post-secondary training curricula, specifically for culturally diverse audiences.   ​  

SHC SUPPORT SPECIALIST
MSU Student Housing Cooperative
The AmeriCorps VISTA member will assist the staff at the MSU Student Housing Cooperative (SHC) with documenting and increasing the impact and accountability of cooperatives as an economic development tool in Ingham County.  They will also be evaluating and recommending improvements to the governance, programs and activities, and models for economic democracy in the SHC.  

COLLEGE ACCESS SUPPORT COORDINATOR
Capital Area College Access Networ
k
The AmeriCorps VISTA member will serve to increase the number of low-income, minority, and first generation students who apply to and complete college and post-secondary programs.  The member will also assist the executive director and action teams to create and sustain organizational capacity to establish CapCAN as the premiere school and community based college access program in Ingham County.  

LABORATORY PARTNER
Community-AID Laboratory
The Community-AID Laboratory is looking for 2 members to serve at their site to build the capacity of the organizations to support community-based organizations.  The VISTA members will also support the daily operations of ongoing community-engaged projects that promote the well-being and educational success of children, youth, and families.  

POWER OF WE AMERICORPS VISTA LEADER
Power of We, Ingham County Health Department

The AmeriCorps VISTA Leader will support the Power of We AmeriCorps VISTA team through the year of service as they build capacity and sustainability at their service sites.  The  VISTA Leader will support the VISTA project and enhance its effectiveness, stability, and sustainability; assist in the development and coordination of trainings and service events for professional development; and, assist in the development of a recruitment plan and materials.  In order to apply for this role, you must have already served at least one year in AmeriCorps VISTA, State or National, or NCC.  


To APPLY, send a RESUME and COVER LETTER indicating which position(s) interest you to

 Joel Murr
 at jmurr@ingham.org by​​ June 7, 2019 by 5pm.
 

 

 

AmeriCorps State RFP Now Open for 2019-20 year


We're looking for organizations to host an AmeriCorps State member for the 2019-20 term!
Apply Now - New Reduced Match Fee

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 ICHD AmeriCorps State Program places members at non-profit organizations, government agencies, and faith based institutions to work directly with the community in areas of food access and healthy lifestyles programming. We're looking for organizations within Ingham County who could benefit from the addition of one of our members. Our 2019-20 program year runs October 14th, 2019-September 21st, 2020. To access our RFP and application CLICK HERE.


  
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Members will serve with Ingham County organizations to create, organize, and facilitate:

  • Gardening Education Workshops
  • Nutrition Education Workshops
  • Exercise Education Workshops
  • Food Distributions
  • Hot Meal programs
  • Growing of fresh produce for distribution
  • Distribution of free transplants and seeds
  • Growing spaces for neighbors
  • Guide by the side expertise to gardeners

 

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

​To learn more about the AmeriCorps State Program and access the application CLICK HERE. 

Deadline to become a Health Department partner is June 20th, 2019 @ 5pm. For questions and technical assistance contact Andrea Villanueva at avillanueva@ingham.org or 517-887-4558.

Benefits of Full Time members - 1,700 total service hours = 36 hours/week: 
  • Living stipend of $12,630 (distributed bi-weekly) 
  • Health, dental and vision coverage
  • Childcare assistance if eligible
  • Student loan forbearance & interest accrual payment for qualified loans
  • Education award of $5,920 upon successful completion of service
  • Continual professional development training
  • Hands on experience with local food systems
Benefits of Full Time members - 1,700 total service hours = 36 hours/week: 
  • Living stipend of $12,630 (distributed bi-weekly) 
  • Health, dental and vision coverage
  • Childcare assistance if eligible
  • Student loan forbearance & interest accrual payment for qualified loans
  • Education award of $5,920 upon successful completion of service
  • Continual professional development training
  • Hands on experience with local food systems

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.