What is AmeriCorps?
AmeriCorps is a national service program that provides thousands of Americans of all ages and backgrounds with educational awards in exchange for a year or two of community service. AmeriCorps members help meet the nation's critical needs in the areas of public safety, education, human needs, and the environment. It was created in 1993 with bi-partisan support by Congress, the President, and community groups nationwide.
What's the mission of Habitat Charlotte AmeriCorps members?
- To get things done by building and renovating houses with low-income families
- To strengthen communities by enabling the affiliates to utilize more volunteers more effectively, bringing together diverse partners in a common cause
- To increase Habitat Charlotte's ability to serve more families through resource development
- To develop a sense of citizenship through service, reflection and the inspiration gained by working alongside homeowners, volunteers and donors
Benefits of the AmeriCorps program
- Skills for the future
- A living allowance
- Child care, if eligible
- Education award of $5,815 (or an end-of-year stipend for VISTA). The education awards are paid as vouchers by the National Service Trust, and may be redeemed within seven years to pay for current education costs at qualified colleges, universities, other post-secondary institutions and approved school-to-work programs, or to pay back qualified student loans already incurred.
- Forbearance of qualified student loans and payment of interest that accrues during the term of service. Go to the AmeriCorps website to see if your loan would qualify.
- Habitat Charlotte also provides the possibility of low-cost housing.
What are we looking for in an AmeriCorps member?
We always have more applications than positions, so the process can be somewhat competitive. Strong candidates will possess several of the following characteristics:
- A sincere desire to serve combined with an understanding of why one wishes to serve
- Past history of service participation with Habitat for Humanity or other nonprofits
- Leadership experience and ability
- Good communication skills
- Ability and interest in working with a team
- Patience and flexibility
- For construction positions - construction experience or experience that required significant time spent outdoors
- For office positions, experience with Microsoft Office programs and excellent written and verbal communication skills are required
We also look closely at applicable experiences; for example, for Family Services, working with diverse populations, community development experience, and experience working with low income families. We recommend that you highlight these attributes in your cover letter and interview.
Applications are now being accepted for the 2017-2018 service year, which will begin in late August. Applications will be accepted and interviews will be held on a rolling basis. Click on the positions description for details & to apply:
How do I apply?
Click the "Apply Now" button at the bottom of the position description page.
Interviews will be in person for those living in the Charlotte area, and by phone or Skype for those outside of Charlotte. Final acceptance into the program is subject to a background check and official offer protocols with Habitat for Humanity International.