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!

What roles do AmeriCorps members play at Milwaukee Habitat?

Construction AmeriCorps members:

These members 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:

Members focus on recruiting families for homeownership and home repair projects as well as help ensure they complete program requirements.

Volunteer Services AmeriCorps members:

Members recruit and support volunteers for a wide variety of positions including interns, ReStores, and construction.

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 our VISTA positions can visit here for more information.

The AmeriCorps National Direct living allowance is about $15,570 (as of 2020) 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 $6,195 (as of 2020). 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.

Ready to get started?

  1. Learn about open positions:
    • We receive members through a variety of host organizations. Positions for which we are actively recruiting through Habitat International can be found here and positions where we are actively recruiting through Habitat Wisconsin can be found here. 
    • OR Reach out directly to Beth Van Gorp or schedule a brief call to find out what positions are currently available or what positions might become available in upcoming months. 
  2. Apply for the position either through the links above or via a cover letter and resume to Beth Van Gorp. Please put your best foot forward and share why you are interested in the position as well as sharing any leadership or community service experience you have. Position selection can be competitive. Please indicate what specific position you wish to apply for in your materials.
  3. We will reach out to those selected for interviews. 
  4. If you are selected for a position, we will make an official offer and discuss planned start dates which we are currently anticipating to be early summer, early fall and early in the calendar year.