Basics of AmeriCorps:
AmeriCorps is a national service organization, similar to the Peace Corps, where members can serve individually or on a team in organizations through out the United States. Members main goals are to help meet an unmet community need through mentoring, tutoring, disaster response, building affordable homes and much more! Each year over 75,000 members serve in AmeriCorps helping to “Get things done for America!”
Habitat for Humanity of Indiana’s AmeriCorps Program:
Habitat for Humanity of Indiana’s AmeriCorps program is an AmeriCorps State program run through the State Support Organization. The program is overseen by the Program Director, Elspeth O’Neil, who helps recruit, trains and maintains the members and host sites. Members are then directly overseen by their Site Supervisor for personal and professional development at the site.
AmeriCorps State members serving in Habitat for Humanity of Indiana’s program serve Habitat for Humanity affiliates as full time members in one two ways: The Traditional Role and the ‘A Team’. Traditional members are placed in an affiliates as Volunteer Coordinators, Family Selection/Services Coordinators, Construction Assistants or to help complete a special project. Members serving on the ‘A Team’, serve together as a team of 5 full time members who are based at a main host site affiliate and then travel for 1-2 weeks at a time to smaller, more rural affiliates to help with builds or special events.
In both positions, members must complete 1700 hours and their affiliate’s requirments of service from their mid September start date until the end of August of the following year. During the service year, members recieve a stipend of $12,100 which is broken into equal increments through out their term. Upon succesful completion of their service, members recieve an Education Award of $5,500 which is used to repay qualified student loans or future educational opportunities.
Need more information?
Contact our Program Director, Elspeth O’Neil:
Visit our blog to learn about our current members: http://habicorps.blogspot.com/
For more information about AmeriCorps please visit www.americorps.gov
Habitat for Humanity of Indiana’s AmeriCorps Program is supported by the Office of Faith Based and Community Iniatives. For more information about hosting an AmeriCorps State program in Indiana, visit their website: www.in.gov/ofbci