AmeriCorps is a civil society program supported by the U.S. federal government, foundations, corporations, and other donors engaging adults in public service work with a goal of helping others and meeting critical needs in the community. Joining AmeriCorps is a great way to put your idealism into action and give back to the community! As an AmeriCorps member, you can help make the world a better place by helping children learn, protecting the environment, or bringing needed services to a low-income community. There are a variety of opportunities in AmeriCorps for anyone who is willing to help those in need.
AmeriCorps also offers tangible benefits: Most AmeriCorps members receive student loan deferment, training, and additionally may receive a living allowance and limited health benefit options. After you complete your term of service, you will also receive a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award to help pay for college, graduate school, vocational training or to repay student loans. AmeriCorps is also a great experience to put on your resume. Visit the AmeriCorps Website to learn more.
AmeriCorps' Three Distinct Programs
AmeriCorps State and National supports a wide range of local service programs that engage thousands of Americans in intensive community service each year. We provide grants to a network of local and national organizations and agencies committed to using national service to address critical community needs in education, public safety, health, and the environment. Each of these organizations and agencies uses their AmeriCorps funding to recruit, place, and supervise AmeriCorps members nationwide.
Today, more than 46 million Americans live in poverty. AmeriCorps VISTA taps the skills, talents and passion of more than 7,000 Americans annually to support community efforts to overcome poverty. AmeriCorps VISTA is open to all U.S. citizens, nationals, or lawful permanent resident aliens ages 18 and older. Members and Summer Associates receive a modest living allowance. Members who serve for a year also receive limited health benefit options, childcare if needed, and other benefits. After successful completion of a term of service, members can choose to receive a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award or post-service stipend.
There is an Americorps Vista position open at the Service Learning and Volunteering office here at USM:
We are currently looking to fill our STEM Partnerships Coordinator position! If interested, please visit MaineCompact.org/VISTA to submit an application. To inquire further about the position, contact Samantha Frisk, Coordinator of Service-Learning & Volunteerism at Samantha.Frisk@Maine.edu.
The Food Insecurity Program Coordinator position in our SLV office is currently filled, but please contact Samantha if you are interested in learning more about when applications will begin to be accepted!
Learn more about what is means to be an Americorps member here.
VISTA Resource Development for New Mainers:
The Resource Development Specialist will increase program capacity for creating and sharing resources to be used by staff members, and to be shared with refugee clients. Learn more here.
VISTA Employment Support Specialist:
To help ensure that newly arrived refugees have access to employment supports and microfinance opportunities, the VISTA Employment Support Specialist will work with Employment Case Managers to increase the capacity of the program to support refugees in becoming self-sufficient. Learn more here.
LearningWorks AIMS HIGH AmeriCorps Program:
The LearningWorks AIMS HIGH AmeriCorps program is a school improvement initiative where AmeriCorps members provide direct support to students and build school capacity to engage individuals and community members in support of student achievement. The program offers AmeriCorps members a variety of opportunities to impact schools and students, including developing and expanding tutoring, mentoring and enrichment programs at five schools across Maine. AmeriCorps members commit to a 300 hour term of service in the program and upon completion are eligible to receive an education award that they can use towards tuition, future educational opportunities or to pay off qualified student loan debt. Learn more here.
AmeriCorps Goodwill VISTA Partnership:
Join the Goodwill VISTA Partnership today for the opportunity to build management skills, gain valuable work experience, and join into the expansive professional network of AmeriCorps*VISTA. We have service opportunities at many nonprofits and service organizations all over the state. Learn more here.
Goodwill VISTA, Multilingual Multicultural Center:
The VISTA will research best practices in fundraising management, focusing on long-term planning to help create realistic annual goals. This includes grantwriting, reporting, and stewardship. Volunteer recruitment, placement and management activities will also be included. The VISTA must be able to work with diverse communities in a variety of settings. Community outreach and development requires social media know-how and skills to manage website content and circulate messaging. Knowledge of crowd-funding as a means of fundraising and promotion is desired. Planning events for both fundraising and community outreach is frequent, and having strong organizational skills is a must. A great VISTA is someone who can think out of the box and be an effective team player. Learn more here.