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ICHD AmeriCorps State Program
Commonly known as the “domestic Peace Corps,” AmeriCorps is a national service program governed by a federal agency – the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) – and administered in Michigan by the Michigan Community Service Commission (MCSC). AmeriCorps is a network of local, state, and national service programs that connects Americans in intensive service to meet our country’s critical needs in education, public safety, health and the environment. AmeriCorps members serve with nonprofits, public agencies, and faith-based and community organizations. Since 1994, AmeriCorps State members have provided needed assistance to millions of Americans across the nation. 

The ICHD AmeriCorps State Program places members within Ingham County to work directly with neighbors in areas of food access and healthy lifestyle programming. Through member's community involvement and programming the AmeriCorps Program strives to alleviate hunger, install healthy habits within neighbors, reduce chronic diseases, and work towards a food sovereign community. AmeriCorps State members placed through the ICHD program will provide workshops to neighbors on gardening, nutrition and exercise to increase healthy lifestyles and reduce chronic diseases. Assist and organize food distributions, pantries, meal programs or manage the production of fresh produce for distribution to alleviate hunger, and support community garden programs through garden management, assistance to gardens & gardeners to work towards food sovereignty with neighbors. 

Apply to be an AmeriCorps State Member!


Apply to be an AmeriCorp State Member!

Join us for our 13th year of food programming to Ingham County neighbors! As an AmeriCorps State member:

  • Will serve October 11, 2021 - September 23, 2022
  • Full time members (40 hours/week) receive a stipend of $15,100. Part time members (20 hours/week)  receive a stipend of $7,500. Stipends are distributed bi-weekly through the term,
  • Upon successful completion an education award of $6,345 for FT members and $3,172.50 for PT members,
  • student loan forbearance for eligible student loans,
  • student loan interest accrual repayment for eligible student loans,
  • Full time members receive healthcare (health, dental & vision coverage) and childcare assistance if eligible,
  • continual professional development training,
  • hands on experience in local food systems,
  • the opportunity to address community needs!

Our 2021-22 AmeriCorps positions include: 

Healthy Lifestyle Specialist, part time position:
Our Healthy Lifestyle Specialist is housed with South Side Community Coalition (SSCC). SSCC is a neighborhood center that provides a range of services to neighbors on Lansing's sought side. Our Healthy Lifestyle Specialist will manage productions in the hoop house to provide fresh, culturally appropriate food to neighbors. The member will also help plan & facilitate nutrition and gardening education workshops and assist with weekly food distributions. To view the full position description CLICK HERE

Garden Development Specialist, part time position: 
Our Garden Development Specialist is housed with the Ingham County Land Bank with their Garden Program. The Ingham County Land Bank established its Garden Program in 2009 to serve as a liaison between the Land Bank, the City of Lansing, local residents, and potential gardeners in encouraging and supporting community-based agricultural projects on the Land Bank’s vacant lots. Our Garden Development Specialist will support and expand household gardens & community gardens in Lansing most as-risk neighborhoods. This member will serve 20 hours/week. To view the full position description CLICK HERE. 

Garden & Nutrition Coordinator, full-time position: 
Our Garden & Nutrition Coordinator will be housed at Edgewood Village Network Center. Edgewood Village is a nonprofit housing corporation that provides safe, high quality, affordable housing and facilities for low income, disabled, or senior individuals and families and organize social, recreational, commercial, leadership, and educational opportunities to improve the communal quality of life for Edgewood Village and its residents. Our Garden & Nutrition Coordinator will support Edgewood residents by giving community garden support & expertise, facilitate nutrition workshops and manage their food distribution efforts. This member will serve 40 hrs/week. To view the full position description CLICK HERE. 

Gardening Educator, part-time position:
Our Gardening Educator is housed at Allen Neighborhood Center (ANC).Established in 1999, Allen Neighborhood Center (ANC) is a non-profit hub for neighborhood revitalization. Signature projects include the Hunter Park GardenHouse and Allen Farmers Market. These programs have emerged from ANC’s inclusive neighborhood forums, designed to address emerging issues, (e.g., food security and food access), and ensure the development of pioneering, resident-driven strategies for community improvement. For more info, visit: www.allenneighborhoodcenter.org. Our Gardening Educator will serve at ANC's Hunter Park GardenHouse to collaborate on growing, create the center's gardening workshop series and take the lead with Edible Park. This member will serve full time, 20 hours/week. To view the full position description CLICK HERE
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South Lansing Urban Garden Coordinator (SLUG), full-time position: 
Our SLUG Coordinator is housed at South Lansing Development Association (SLCDA). South Lansing Development Association engages residents and stakeholders in the development/implementation of programs and initiatives that improve community health and quality of life in South Lansing. To learn more visit southlansing.org. Our SLUG Coordinator will manage the community garden and hoop house, create and facilitate healthy lifestyles workshops, lead volunteers and grow food for distribution. This member will serve full time, 40 hrs/week. To view the full position description CLICK HERE. 


To apply submit a COVER LETTER and RESUME indicating which positions you're applying to. Questions and applications can be sent to program staff at ichdamericorpsstate@gmail.com 
Deadline to apply is August 11 @ 5pm

 

  

Apply to host a 2021-22 AmeriCorp Member!

Join us for our 13th year of food programming to Ingham County neighbors! As an AmeriCorps State host site:

  • All member benefits are provided by the program (living stipend, liability insurance, health insurance for FT members, loan forbearance & education award),
  • support in recruiting and selecting qualified individuals,
  • ongoing support to the member and site supervisor,
  • the opportunity to increase your organizational capacity to address local needs.

Our AmeriCorps member provide services to Ingham County residents to increase food access and healthy lifestyle habits through workshops, distributions, and community garden support. Activities our AmeriCorps members can provide your organizations can include any combination of tasks listed below:

Healthy lifestyles workshops:
Members provide free workshops to community members to increase healthy lifestyle habits. Members can lead or organize workshops on topics of gardening, nutrition and exercise. Examples of what members could do include: gardening 101 classes, creating a weekly walking club, how to shop at a farmers market workshop, couponing class, how to prepare seasonal foods, and more! 

Food distributions: 
Members provide free food to the community to increase access to help alleviate hunger. Members can manage, assist with management, or participate in day of distribution. They can also lead hot meal programs, grow produce for donation and distribute seeds and starter plants.  Examples of what members could do include: establishing partnerships with grocers to glean food that will be thrown out, growing food in a hoophouse and donating it to a food pantry, and placing and picking up food orders.  

Community garden support: 
Members provide assistance to low-income or BIPOC gardeners individually or via a network of gardens. Examples of what members could do include: assistance to gardeners via garden infrastructure maintenance and upkeep, providing tools and resources to gardeners, assisting with water systems, setting up a new community garden, and being a community garden leader. 


Member details: 
-Members will serve October 11, 2021 - September 23, 2022
-Full time (40 hours/week), reduced full time (25 hours/week), and part time (20 hours/week) slots available for placement
-Members receive a modest living stipend, federal student loan forbearance & interest accrual repayment, and an education award. Full time members receive free healthcare and childcare upon eligibility. 


To learn more about the AmeriCorps State Program and to access our application CLICK HERE.
Applications reviewed on rolling basis with first round looked at June 30.
2021-22 program year begins October 11, all applications must be submitted before August.
To request a technical assistance appointment or to inquire more, contact Andrea Villanueva at avillanueva@ingham.org

Now Accepting AmeriCorps VISTA Applications!



The Ingham County Health Department's AmeriCorps VISTA Program is accepting member applications for the following positions, to begin in May 2020! 

AmeriCorps VISTA is a national service program that has been working to alleviate poverty in America since 1965.  VISTA members serve as catalysts for change, living and working alongside community members to advance local solutions.  Members in the VISTA program commit to a year-long, full-time position with a sponsor organization, often nonprofits, faith-based and community organizations, and public agencies and have the unique charge of helping build their sponsoring organization’s capacity through organizational, administrative, and financial capacity.  

The Ingham County Health Department AmeriCorps VISTA Program places VISTA members at host organizations, or host sites, throughout Ingham County to focus on project goals related to economic opportunity, education, and healthy futures:

MSU Student Housing Cooperative:
The AmeriCorps VISTA member will assist the staff at the MSU Student Housing Cooperative (SHC) with expanding the influence and impact of the cooperative. This includes exploring options for sustainable policies and initiatives that would reduce costs of maintaining, and thereby living, in cooperative housing, as well as researching potential redevelopment opportunities on existing land and assisting in the potential acquisition of new properties by the SHC.

AmeriCorps VISTA m
embers serve full-time (36-40 hours per week) from May 11, 2020 - May 10, 2021.

Benefits of Service:
Living Allowance of $12,491 (distributed biweekly)
Education Award ($6,195) OR Cash Stipend ($1,803)
Non-Competitive Eligibility
Loan Forbearance for Qualified Student Loans
Professional Development and Training
Healthcare Benefit
Childcare Assistance
Paid Personal and Medical Leave

Questions about the VISTA Program should be sent to Jasmine Hardy.

Jasmine Hardy
AmeriCorps VISTA Program Director
jhardy@ingham.org

About AmeriCorps State

Commonly known as the “domestic Peace Corps,” AmeriCorps is a national service program governed by a federal agency – the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) – and administered in Michigan by the Michigan Community Service Commission (MCSC). AmeriCorps is a network of local, state, and national service programs that connects Americans in intensive service to meet our country’s critical needs in education, public safety, health and the environment. AmeriCorps members serve with nonprofits, public agencies, and faith-based and community organizations. Since 1994, AmeriCorps State members have provided needed assistance to millions of Americans across the nation.

The Power of We Consortium AmeriCorps State Program places AmeriCorps members throughout Ingham County to increase food security and reduce chronic disease in residents by focusing on two project goals:

1. Increase consumption of healthy foods and reduce food insecurity with gardening, food distribution and referrals.
2. Teach community members the importance of eating healthy foods and strategies to adopt better diets.



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.