So you’ve decided to serve in AmeriCorps, now what? Our best word of advice: plan, plan and plan some more!
Planning on renting? Rent fees vary widely from one area of the state to the next, so make sure you know how much it will cost to live in the area you want to serve in, before you apply!
Many local housing authorities have apartment complexes, and offer lower rent costs for low-income individuals. Contact the one for the county you plan on serving in to see if they have availability. Be prepared for wait lists!
Will you be serving in King County? Check out the Seattle AmeriCorps Collaborative Facebook group for housing leads from current AmeriCorps members in the area.
The Sounder train runs between Pierce and Snohomish counties and is a popular mode of transportation between the major cities of Tacoma, Seattle, and Everett.
Link light rail lines run through downtown Tacoma and between downtown Seattle and SeaTac airport.
The Amtrak Cascades line runs from Vancouver B.C. to Eugene, OR with 16 stops in between, including major cities like Everett, Seattle, Tacoma, Olympia, and Portland (and it’s not as expensive as you might think).
Be prepared to sign up for SNAP (known as “Basic Food” in Washington) as soon as you start service, and have your site staff fill out the income verification letter you may need to present to DSHS. You can apply online or at a local Community Services Office. If you have questions about DSHS programs, you can read their FAQ or call 1-877-501-2233.
Service Year Alliance maintains a repository of helpful resources on a variety of topics to help make the best of your service term.
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The information on this page is provided as a courtesy, only. The Washington Service Corps has not vetted and cannot vouch for services offered and/or facilitated by other organizations or individuals listed on this page. We strongly encourage you to do your own thorough research.