What is AmeriCorps?
AmeriCorps is the federal agency connecting individuals and organizations to tackle the nation’s most pressing challenges. AmeriCorps focuses on these key areas to make an impact: economic opportunity, disaster response, education, environmental stewardship, healthy futures, and veterans and military families.
AmeriCorps VISTA: VISTA (Volunteer in Service to America) provides indirect service for organizations by creating and implementing programs.
AmeriCorps State and National: provide direct service to the organization to effectively utilize volunteers to meet critical community needs.
Benefits of AmeriCorps:
- Skills for the future
- Living allowance of $13,000-$17,000
- Free room and board for select positions
- Health insurance and workers compensation insurance (or equivalent)
- Forbearance of qualified student loans and payment of interest that accrues during the term of service.
Positions at Lynchburg Habitat:
- Construction Crew Leader – 10.5-month commitment: Learn how to build a Habitat house. This position is on the build sites Tuesday-Saturday helping with volunteers and all construction tasks over the course of the builds. Learn more HERE! Typically serve Tuesday – Saturday on the build site.
- Assist with all aspects of hands-on construction tasks including, but not limited to, demolition, site prep, framing, insulation, drywall, flooring, roofing, finish carpentry and landscaping.
- Projects may include new construction, rehabilitation, critical home repair and weatherization projects.
- Lead small groups of volunteers and facilitate safe and positive experiences for everyone working on site.
- Maintain site safety by adhering to Habitat construction safety policies, modeling best practices and guidelines, volunteer education, and site monitoring.
*Living allowance of $17,000
*Free Room and Board
*Segal Education Award of $6,495, upon successful completion of service.
*Health care benefits and enrollment in Employee Assistance Plan.
*Personal and medical leave — approximately 10 days total.
*Possible forbearance or deferment of qualified student loans.
*Child care benefits, if you qualify.
*Worker’s compensation insurance.
How to join
To join Habitat AmeriCorps, an applicant must be a U.S. citizen, national or lawful permanent resident at least 18 or older, and have a high school diploma or GED. There may be additional requirements that will be noted on each individual posting.
- Search open positions on Habitat for Humanity International, apply, and include your resume with the application.
- If qualified, you will interview with staff from the local Habitat affiliate.
- If selected, accept the verbal offer and complete the pre-enrollment requirements.
- Begin service with your local Habitat organization.