AmeriCorps is a national service program that provides thousands of Americans of all ages and backgrounds with educational awards in exchange for a year or two of community service. AmeriCorps members help meet the nation’s critical needs in areas of public safety, education, human needs and the environment. Read more about the AmeriCorps program. AmeriCorps members at Milwaukee Habitat make an incredible impact! Please contact Beth Van Gorp at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions.
We are currently selecting members for the 2020-2021 with start dates beginning in late August, please see below for how to apply.
What roles do AmeriCorps members play at Milwaukee Habitat?
Construction AmeriCorps members:
These members will perform direct service, help utilize volunteers effectively, provide support on the work site to homeowners, and engage in our neighborhood revitalization efforts. (National Direct)
Family Services AmeriCorps member:
Two “National Direct” members will focus on recruiting families for homeownership and home repair projects as well as help ensure they complete program requirements.
What are the financial benefits of the AmeriCorps program?
Please note that the AmeriCorps VISTA positions have different benefits and so those who are interested in the Volunteer Services VISTA position can visit here for more information.
The AmeriCorps National Direct living allowance is about $15,000 paid over a 46.5 weeks term of service. The VISTA living allowance is similar but varies by location paid out over a one year term of service.
- Education award of $5,920. The education awards are paid as vouchers by the National Service Trust, and may be redeemed within seven years to pay for current education costs at qualified colleges, universities, other post-secondary institutions and approved school-to-work programs, or to pay back qualified student loans already incurred.
- Student Loan Forbearance: AmeriCorps members may be eligible to postpone the repayment of their qualified student loans through loan forbearance. While the loan is in forbearance during the term of service, interest continues to accrue. Accrued interest on qualified loans may be eligible for payment by the National Service Trust. Please check out the AmeriCorps website for additional details. Please note that not all loans are qualified for forbearance.
- Health benefits: National Direct Members are eligible to enroll in a limited health plan. VISTA members enroll in the ACA marketplace
- Personal and sick leave
- Childcare: AmeriCorps members can receive childcare benefits if they meet the eligibility requirements.
- Housing Subsidy: Milwaukee Habitat offers a housing subsidy of $200 per month paid directly to your landlord.
What makes doing a year of AmeriCorps at Milwaukee Habitat special?
The work that you do will be substantial and will directly make an impact on the Milwaukee community.
You can expect lots of hard work, responsibility, and fun! You can expect to gain significant technical skills; however, we put as much or more emphasis on the soft skills. You’ll gain significant leadership, conflict resolution, and communication skills during your term and these types of skills translate to many different disciplines and provide a basis for success in the future. Construction members will have the opportunities to lead many volunteer teams, usually multiple times per week, and office members will have opportunity to take on significant projects during their service term.
You will have the opportunity to understand the neighborhood revitalization and community development work we are doing within the neighborhood and you have the option to choose with us one aspect of that work to assist with during your service year in addition to your main AmeriCorps role.
What is the selection process like?
Complete position descriptions for open positions can be found here.
In your cover letter we strongly recommend explaining why you are interested in doing a year of service with Milwaukee Habitat and also explain why you are interested in a particular position.
After reviewing the application materials we reach out to candidates we think might be a good fit to set up an interview.
Interviews will be in person for those living in the Milwaukee area, and by phone or Skype for those outside of the area. Final acceptance into the program is subject to a background check and official offer protocols with Habitat for Humanity International.
Positions are offered on a rolling basis so applying early is beneficial.
Ready to get started?
Please read through the instructions below and submit your application today! We are now accepting applications for the 2020-2021 service year. Interviews will begin in March of 2020 and members will be selected on a rolling basis.
How To Apply (Choose One)
- Apply through Habitat for Humanity International’s AmeriCorps page. This is a good option if you want to apply at multiple Habitat affiliates. You will also find the position descriptions located here.
- Apply directly to Milwaukee Habitat by sending a cover letter and resume to Kristi Sebald at email@example.com. Please specify the position for which you are applying in your cover letter.