AmeriCorps

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AmeriCorps

AmeriCorps is a national service program that provides thousands of Americans of all ages and backgrounds an opportunity to meet critical community needs.  Through full-time service opportunities in Bend, Habitat AmeriCorps members can serve in leadership roles on active build sites or in our local Habitat office, assisting families, volunteers and staff.

Since Habitat partnered with the Corporation for National and Community Service in 1994, more than 9,000 AmeriCorps members have served with Habitat for Humanity across the country. They’ve raised tens of millions of dollars, engaged nearly 3.3 million volunteers and built alongside more than 24,000 homeowners, helping to build strength, stability through decent shelter!

Members serve either an 11 or 12 month term of service and in exchange for their service receive a monthly living stipend.  After completing the program members are awarded a $5,815 Education Award that can be used to pay back eligible student loans or help pay for eligible future education.  Bend Area Habitat for Humanity assists members with the housing cost burden and provides opportunities for numerous other means of professional and personal development.

Applications are closed for the 2017-2018 AmeriCorps term.  Please check back with us for the next term positions.  You can contact Amber Morey to be notified when the application period is open again.  All application materials should be submitted through the specific position link, if positions are available, during open application periods.

www.habitat.org/americorps

AMERICORPS NATIONAL PROGRAM

This is general program information, please check under the “Available Positions” tab for any available open opportunities.

National members focus on direct service activities.  This means they engage directly with volunteers, partner families and community members.  Examples of AmeriCorps National positions are:

  • Construction Crew Leadership
  • Deconstruction Coordination
  • Family Services Coordination
  • Volunteer Services Coordination

Member Requirements
The Habitat for Humanity AmeriCorps program is open to US citizens, US Nationals or lawful permanent residents ages 18 and older who have a high school diploma or GED.  These are the minimum requirements.  Each AmeriCorps position has specific requirements that are noted in the position descriptions.

Member Benefits
AmeriCorps National members may be eligible for the following benefits:

  • Living Allowance – up to $12,630 (this is approximate the amount changes each service year) for a full 46.5 weeks of service
  • Education Award – $5,815 upon successful completion of service.  The Ed Award is good for seven years from the completion of service and may be transferable to certain family members if the member is at least 55 years old on the first day of service.
  • Student Loan Forbearance:  AmeriCorps members may be eligible to postpone the repayment of their qualifiedstudent loans through loan forbearance.  While the loan is in forbearance during the term of service, interest continues to accrue.  Accrued interest on qualified loans may be eligible for payment by the National Service Trust.  Please check out the AmeriCorps website for additional details.  Please note that not all loans are qualified for forbearance.   
  • Health benefits:  Members are eligible to enroll in a limited health plan.
  • Personal and sick leave
  • Childcare:  AmeriCorps members can receive childcare benefits if they meet the eligibility requirements.

Terms of Service
Habitat for Humanity International offers a 46.5 week term of service (approximately 11 months). Member must complete a minimum of 1700 hours and serve through the end date on their Member Agreement.  Our program year typically begins at the end of August/early September and ends in late July. Members may serve up to four terms as a National member, but are eligible for only two Education Awards.

AMERICORPS VISTA PROGRAM

This is general program information, please check under the “Available Positions” tab for any available open opportunities.

VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) members focus on indirect service activities.  This means they engage indirectly setting up systems, programs and procedures.  Examples of VISTA member positions are:

  • Resource Development
  • Volunteer Development
  • Project Development
  • Family Services Development

Member Requirements
The Habitat for Humanity AmeriCorps program is open to US citizens, US Nationals or lawful permanent residents ages 18 and older who have a high school diploma or GED.  These are the minimum requirements.  Each position has specific requirements noted on the position description.

Member Benefits
VISTA members may be eligible for the following benefits:

  • Living Allowance:  the Corporation for National and Community Service determines the living allowance by the county in which the project is based.  The range for the living allowance is $990-$1,720 per month.  Please note, most members fall on the lower side this range.  The higher amount is rare and specific to a few counties nationwide with an extremely high cost of living.
  • Education Award ($5,815) orEnd of Service Stipend ($1,500) upon successful completion of service.  The Ed Award is good for seven years from the completion of service. Unfortunately, the Ed Award is not transferable for any reason for VISTA members.
  • Student Loan Forbearance: AmeriCorps members may be eligible to postpone the repayment of their qualifiedstudent loans through loan forbearance.  While the loan is in forbearance during the term of service, interest continues to accrue.  Accrued interest on qualified loans are eligible for payment by the National Service Trust.  Please check out the AmeriCorps website for additional details.  Please note, that not all loans are qualified for forbearance.
  • Health Benefits:  Members are eligible to enroll in a limited health plan.
  • Personal and sick days
  • Childcare: AmeriCorps members can receive childcare benefits if they meet the eligibility requirements.
  • Non-competitive Hiring Status:  When AmeriCorps VISTA members satisfactorily complete one full year of service, they earn non-competitive eligibility for federal government jobs for one year after the member’s service. This means that a federal government hiring official may hire the member without having to compete with the general public provided that the member meets the minimum qualifications for the job.

Terms of Service
VISTAs serving with Habitat for Humanity International complete a one year, full-time term.  Our program year typically begins in August after members attend a Pre-Service Orientation (PSO). Members may serve up to three VISTA terms, but are eligible for only two Education Awards.

AVAILABLE SPOTS

Applications are closed for the 2017-2018 AmeriCorps term.  Please check back or contact Amber Morey to be notified when the application period is open again for positions here at Bend Area Habitat.

APPLICATION PROCESS

AmeriCorps members are selected based on the following criteria:

  • Desire to partner with Habitat: a clearly demonstrated interest in the work of Habitat
  • Team-oriented: making the most out of collaboration and creating a positive environment
  • Self-motivated and self-confident: working effectively with little direction
  • Strong work ethic and dependability: setting and achieving goals and consistently following through

To apply for the program please submit application materials the through position specific link(s) located under the “Available Positions” tab.

Contact Us

Amber Morey
Finance Manager/AmeriCorps Host Site Manager
(541) 385-5387

 

AmeriCorps serves at Bend Habitat