Choosing to serve in an Iowa AmeriCorps Program

Date: 
03/30/2018
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AmeriCorps State

AmeriCorps VISTA
(Volunteers in Service to America)

AmeriCorps NCCC
​(National Civilian Community Corps)

PROGRAM FOCUS

Members serve in groups or individually at local community-based organizations.  Members solve problems primarily through direct service.  Service areas include Education, Veterans, Healthy Futures, Environmental Stewardship, Increasing Opportunity for Economically Vulnerable Populations, Disaster Services and Green/Youth Corps.

Members serve through nonprofit agencies, addressing issues related to poverty – such as education, housing, access to heath care services and employment – by developing and mobilizing resources that create long-term sustainable benefits at a community level.  Key VISTA principles include: anti-poverty focus, capacity building, sustainable solutions, and community empowerment.

Members live in a campus environment and serve in teams to meet urgent community needs in the areas of natural and other disasters, infrastructure, environmental stewardship and conservation, energy conservation, and urban and rural development. Teams work on projects with non-profit organizations, state and local agencies, and other community and faith-based groups.

ELIGIBILITY

Applicants must be at least 17 years old and a U.S. citizen, U.S. national, or lawful permanent resident alien of the U.S. (Some programs may enroll 16 year-old members).  FBI, State and Sex Offender background checks are conducted. 

Applicants must be at least 18 years old and a U.S. citizen, U.S. national, or lawful permanent resident alien of the U.S.  FBI, State and Sex Offender background checks are conducted. 

Applicants must be 18 to 24 years old while they serve and be a U.S. citizen, U.S. national, or lawful permanent resident alien of the U.S.  FBI, State and Sex Offender background checks are conducted.

SKILL REQUIREMENTS

All skills levels are needed, depending on the program. Each program establishes the minimum requirements for their service positions.

All skills levels are needed, but a bachelor’s degree or three years of related volunteer/job experience is preferred.

All skill levels are needed.

TERM OF SERVICE

Full and part-time opportunities, serving various durations of up to one year, depending on the program.

Full-time for one year (365 days).  No part-time service opportunities available.

Full-time for 10 months (corps member) and 11 months (team leader).  No part-time service opportunities available.

LIVING ALLOWANCE

Most programs provide a modest living allowance.  Minimum living allowance amounts for full time members are established each year. 

A poverty-level living allowance is paid biweekly.  Members live at the poverty level to relate to the community members they serve.

A modest living allowance is paid biweekly; this living allowance is adjusted to account for the room and board provided to members.

ROOM AND BOARD

Members are responsible for covering their own housing and meal expenses. Members may hold other jobs while serving to help cover living expenses.

Members are responsible for covering their own housing and meals from their living allowance.  No other outside employment is allowed.

Members are provided with housing/meals and live in residence hall style housing on one of five campuses.

RELOCATION EXPENSES

Members are responsible for their own relocation expenses to their service site.

Members who relocate over 50 miles to serve may be eligible for relocation assistance.

Members are provided with transportation to and from their campus. 

HEALTH AND CHILD CARE BENEFITS

Full-time members receive health coverage and may qualify for childcare assistance.

Members receive health coverage and may qualify for childcare assistance. Members have the option of purchasing life insurance. 

Members receive health benefits as well as some assistance with off-campus child care expenses.  (Children are not allowed to reside on campus with members.)

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