AmeriCorps

Spring 2017 Openings for AmeriCorps State

 The Power of We Consortium AmeriCorps State program is looking for 10 individuals to join the team for Spring 2017! 

AmeriCorps members are placed with organizations within Ingham county to increase food security and reduce chronic disease/obesity through nutrition/gardening education, gardening and food distribution. AmeriCorps members manage multiple activities during their service. Some of these actives include:

  • Strengthening local organizations capacity to provide healthy food and lifestyles programming
  • Engaging youth and adults in nutrition instruction through healthy cooking demos, food sampling, and preservation techniques.
  • Providing garden and compost expertise to home and community gardeners
  • Managing gardening programs that offer tools, supplies, plants, seeds, and connections to resources to residents
  • Organizing gleaning programs which provide food pantries with fresh food.
  • Recruiting and managing volunteers.
  • Building an ethic of service through volunteerism and civic engagement.
  • Making lifelong friendships! 

Spring members serve March 20, 2017-August 25, 2017

 

Spring member benefits:

  • 450 hour served, 10-20 hours/week
  • Living stipend of $3,200 distributed bi-weekly
  • Loan forbearance for qualified student loans
  • Education award upon successful completion of $1,538.36
  • Professional development training & support
  • The opportunity to serve with a team of passionate leaders working towards food sovereignty
  • Professional and personal growth

A detailed list of available positions can be found HERE

All interested candidates must submit a cover letter and resume to Power of We Consortium AmeriCorps Program Director, Andrea Villanueva at avillanueva@ingham.org by January 24th at 5pm.

About AmeriCorps State

Commonly known as the “domestic Peace Corps,” AmeriCorps is a national service program that offers members a small living stipend and education award in exchange for a term of service.

The AmeriCorps State program, housed within the Power of We Consortium, focuses on three goals to reduce chronic disease for Lansing-area residents:

  1. Educating community members of all ages about healthy lifestyles
  2. Reducing obesity and food insecurity through food distributions and gardening programs, and
  3. Promoting affordable exercise options. 
The Power of We Consortium's AmeriCorps State program currently has members at 9 sites: click here to learn more about them. View current position openings.



About AmeriCorps VISTA

AmeriCorps VISTA, or Volunteers in Service to America, is a national service program that was designed to eliminate poverty through capacity building in American communities. The VISTA program, created in 1965 and conceived by President John F. Kennedy, was formally incorporated into the AmeriCorps network of programs in 1993 and now governed by a federal agency – the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS).

The Power of We Consortium AmeriCorps VISTA Program began in 2006 and has placed VISTA members at multiple host sites, or sub-sites, at area non-profits, public agencies, and faith and community–based organizations. The VISTA members commit to one year of full-time service in InghamCounty in the areas of education and economic opportunity. They have the unique charge of building their host site’s organizational , administrative and financial capacity. To view The Power of We Consortium current Americorps VISTA team, visit the AmeriCorps VISTA Sites page.