Many people join AmeriCorps solely to help those in need, while some join to gain professional development skills or “try out” a position similar to one they’re thinking of making a career in – such as teaching or environmental habitat restoration.
Whatever the initial reason, by the end of their service term, AmeriCorps members realize the impact that the service itself has had on them; forever changing the way they view and interact with the world around them.
The Washington Service Corps is one of the few AmeriCorps programs in the nation that offers so many different fields to serve in.
Most positions serve 40 hours per week for 10.5 months unless otherwise indicated, and fall within one of seven focus areas. Read more about each focus area below, then get an insider’s perspective by reading our members’ stories of service.
Through local emergency management and disaster response agencies, members provide support to projects that deliver education and training about disaster preparedness to citizens. They also train and coordinate volunteers in disaster response. Through their service, members help improve the community’s resiliency to disasters.
Examples of service activities include:
-Serving as the volunteer coordinator for a Medical Reserve Corps of 1000+ members, who train for disaster response and keep their skills fresh by donating health-related services to under-served segments of the community.
-Organizing, testing, and recruiting participants for, and instructing Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) classes, drills and ongoing CERT member training.
-Conducting research to support disaster preparedness planning.
-Coordinating events and activities between multiple community organizations working toward the reduction of disaster risk.
Wondering what it’s like to live in Washington?
If you don’t already live in the Evergreen State, you may not know just how diverse Washington is! From the rugged Pacific Coast to the plains of the Eastern WA high desert, from the bustling city of Seattle to the remote, rural communities like Chewelah – Washington has something for everyone.
Just as diverse as the state’s environs, so too are its economics – for instance, the availability of low-cost housing and the price of groceries can be very different from one region to the next.
Service in the AmeriCorps program requires a commitment to 10-1/2 months and 1,700 hours of service unless otherwise noted. Most projects are based on a 40-hour week (8 hours in service daily, Monday through Friday).
Members typically begin serving in September, though there are opportunities to begin service throughout the year.
You can attend school or have a part-time job, as long as it doesn’t interfere with your service schedule.
Review our checklist to see if you’re ready!
Our Service resource kit is filled with resources and ideas to help you plan for and complete your AmeriCorps service term.
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