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 $5,920 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 OPEN for the 2018-2019 AmeriCorps term!  Please check the AVAILABLE POSITIONS tab for open positions.

During open application periods, ALL application materials should be submitted through the specific position link under the AVAILABLE POSITIONS section, if positions are available.  Candidates will not be considered unless they have applied through that position specific link.

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 $13,732 (this is approximate the amount changes each service year) for a full 46.5 weeks of service
  • Education Award – $5,920 upon successful completion of service (lifetime maximum of 2).  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 qualified student 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 POSITIONS

Applications are OPEN for the 2018-2019 AmeriCorps term.  We are currently recruiting for TWO Construction Crew Lead Positions!  Read below to learn more and apply.

Construction Crew Leader

The member serving in this role will help boost the number of families our affiliate is able to serve through our new construction and rehab projects. With the assistance of the AmeriCorps member serving in this role, we anticipate completing eight (8) new builds and one (1) rehab during the 2018-2019 term with a total of nine (9) families served. We also anticipate several outreach events to occur, which will utilize members to spread the word about our programs and encourage the community to get at involved as volunteers on our worksites or apply as family partners. A secondary goal of this position is to have 3-6 volunteers trained to be skilled volunteer group leaders for our affiliate. Another area of focus of this member is the green, energy efficiency and sustainable aspects of our new homes with the goal being to increase the performance of all homes we are involved with. We view the construction crew leaders as integral to our goals of building more and better homes and improving neighborhoods and communities throughout our service area.

Required Qualifications

• 18 years of age or older
• U.S. citizen, national, or lawful permanent resident
• High school diploma or GED equivalent (or agree to work towards one while serving)
• Driver’s license
• Personal vehicle
• Ability to be on one’s feet for extended periods of time, often on rough and uneven terrain
• Ability to lift at least 50 lbs. on a regular basis
• Ability to work on ladders and heights of up to two-stories
• Ability to work in varying weather conditions – sites are often not heated during winter and not air-conditioned during summer

Helpful Qualifications:

• Experience with power tools
• Strong verbal communication skills
• Ability to take initiative and be a leader
• Ability to learn new tasks and be flexible
• Knowledge of reading blueprints, understanding building codes and safety
• Experience working with volunteers or teaching/group facilitation experience
• A second language is highly desirable, with preferred language being Spanish

Benefits of Service:

• AmeriCorps National living allowance of $13,732 (paid over the full 46.5 weeks of full-time service)
• Segal Education Award of $5,920 (upon successful completion of service) – lifetime maximum of 2
• Affordable Care Act compliant health care plan (Habitat pays the monthly premiums)
• Student Loan Forbearance (if eligible)
• Child Care Benefits (if eligible)
• 10 personal/sick leave days
• Approx. 10 holidays (dependent on service location)
• Member Assistance Program (MAP) – offers free services, such as counseling and financial planning resources

What’s in it for you?

At the end of the service year, you will have helped us recruit over 30 volunteers, assist in the build of nine (9) homes and positively impacted at minimum 30 individuals, including a military veteran. Additionally, you will enhance skills in communication, leadership, delegation, team-building, time & project management, construction and safety.

What’s needed to apply

• Resume (tell us about your experience)
• Motivation Statement (express why you want to serve) – input in “Cover Letter” section

To apply, visit here and click “Apply Now.”

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 through the position specific link(s) located under the “AVAILABLE POSITIONS” section.  Once an applicant has applied through that link, application materials will be reviewed and if a phone interview is desired we will reach out directly to move forward in the interview process.  Candidates not selected for an interview will be notified by HFHI that the affiliate is moving in a different direction for selection.  Only candidates that apply through the position specific link will be considered.

Contact Us

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

 

AmeriCorps serves at Bend Habitat