Looking to make a difference in the Fox Valley? Grant dollars from the Community Foundation’s Bright Idea Fund are helping United Way Fox Cities quickly mobilize an additional four to eight AmeriCorps members to serve the Fox Valley area by increasing the capacity of local nonprofit organizations engaged in COVID-19 pandemic response.
AmeriCorps is a federally funded national service program that annually engages more than 80,000 members in service each year to address local and national problems. While the federal dollars had been secured for the program, local match dollars were needed to cover the cost of Fox Valley area nonprofit organizations hosting AmeriCorps members this summer.
United Way’s program partner, Weight of the Fox Valley, is currently confirming nonprofit hosts and recruiting people for the AmeriCorps positions, with a start date of June 6.
Members can choose from two service position options:
- 450-hour position, averaging 28-38 hours a week
- 300-hour position, averaging 18-25 hours a week.
Members will serve at host site organizations in either Calumet, Outagamie, and/or Winnebago Counties. Members will perform activities related to health and safety as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, including addressing food insecurity, childcare education and resources, connecting individuals with community resources, and mental health initiatives.
During the service term, members will receive a bi-weekly living allowance, an education award to use towards future tuition costs and/or federally qualified student loans (upon successful completion of the program), professional development, hands-on experience towards internal goals, and make a difference in the Fox Valley community.
Application information is available here.
In addition to increasing the capacity of local nonprofits responding during this crisis, the AmeriCorps Program offers professional and educational life experiences, a living stipend and an educational award to member participants during this uncertain economic time.