AmeriCorps is a national service organization launched in 1994 to be the domestic version of the Peace Corps. To date, over 1 million AmeriCorps members have served their communities through this partially federally-funded program. For the past 7 years, the United Way of Douglas County has enrolled full-time AmeriCorps members to serve a year, providing health and social service information and resource referrals to uninsured, economically disadvantaged, or medically underserved clients of various health and social service host sites in Douglas County. These AmeriCorps host sites will include Bert Nash Mental Health Center, Heartland Community Health Center, Lawrence Community Shelter, Lawrence Douglas County Housing Authority, Catholic Charities, DCCCA’s First Step at Lakeview, and more.
Our program offers training, professional development, civic engagement opportunities, as well as an annual living allowance of $13,728 before taxes (direct-deposited into your checking account bi-monthly), healthcare insurance (for members only, not family of members), childcare reimbursement if eligible, and student loan deferment. After completing 1,700 hours of service within 365 days, members receive a Segal Education Award of $5,920 to apply to current qualified student loans, or to go to school within 7 years of leaving AmeriCorps.
Some of our AmeriCorps members are going to school or working a part-time job, but want a meaningful way to build skills and get experience to launch their first or next career. Many of our former AmeriCorps members, having networked and made local contacts are now paid staff at agencies around town such as the Willow Domestic Violence Center, Communities in Schools, Bert Nash. Some have started their own community organization, like the Sunrise Project. AmeriCorps members sometimes report a life-changing experience while making such a positive impact in the community they live in and love.
AmeriCorps members “Get Things Done”!
Interested in serving a year?
Contact Linda Brandenburger at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 785-843-6626, extension 356.