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. Habitat for Humanity of Charlotte utilizes AmeriCorps members from the AmeriCorps National Direct program.
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 develop skills in construction and leadership by serving as crew leaders on a daily basis
- To develop a sense of citizenship through service, reflection and the inspiration gained by working alongside hundreds of volunteers
What do AmeriCorps members do in Charlotte?
AmeriCorps members perform direct service, help utilize volunteers effectively, and support other members. We receive AmeriCorps members through Habitat for Humanity International. Most members help in construction - building and renovating homes and leading volunteers. We also will have two members in Family Services.
What do Full-time Interns do in Charlotte?
To complement our AmeriCorps program, on occasion we offer full-time, 11-month paid internship opportunities.
Benefits of the AmeriCorps program
- Skills for the future
- The AmeriCorps National Direct living allowance is $12,530 paid over 46.5 weeks (term of service)
- Health insurance and workers compensation insurance (or equivalent)
- Child care, if eligible
- Education award of $5,730. 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 or other non-profits
- 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 an early January start for Construction Crew Leaders (click for a full job description). The next start date will be at the end of August, and applications will be accepted starting in February for those positions.
How do I apply?
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.
For consideration by Habitat Charlotte there are several options:
- Apply through Habitat for Humanity International's AmeriCorps page. Good option if you want to apply at multiple Habitat affiliates.
- Apply through the AmeriCorps website, but please note sometimes information is delayed in both posting and receiving applications and so we recommend that you reach out to all organizations for which you are interested. We are experiencing a delay in having our positions posted, but we are currently accepting applications. This is a good option if you are considering applying to a range of organizations.
Sending your application to us directly assures that we receive your application in a more timely manner.