Washington Service Corps Program

 

Apply by November 17, 2017 for 900-hour WSC AmeriCorps placements! Terms can start December 2017, January 2018, February 2018.

 

Interested in hosting WSC AmeriCorps members?

Review and complete our Readiness Assessment, intended to help you determine if your organization is prepared to host WSC AmeriCorps members.

 

The program at a glance
  • AmeriCorps members serve to address unmet community needs in one of several focus areas: disaster services, economic opportunity, education, environmental stewardship, healthy futures, veteran & military families, youth opportunity corps, and capacity building (starting September 2018).
  • Members typically serve full time: 40 hours per week for 10.5 months, and complete 1,700 hours during their term of service.
  • We provide training to members on our core competencies (AmeriCorps affiliation, communication, cultural awareness, leadership skills, life after AmeriCorps, and volunteer recruitment/management).
  • You provide project orientation, direct supervisory support, mentorship, and skill-building throughout the program year.

In return for your investment in the WSC AmeriCorps program, your member(s) will come with a passion for serving others and making a difference in the community, while wanting to learn skills they can use in their professional career.

The member will be eligible for WSC health insurance, a monthly living allowance, childcare assistance, and -upon successful completion of a service term- an education award equal in value to the current Pell grant.

 

Who is eligible to be a WSC partner?
  • Nonprofit, private organizations; not limited to those with IRS 501(c)3 status, but rather all organizations with 501(c) status (however, organizations solely focused on advocacy or lobbying are NOT eligible)
  • Schools: school districts, educational service districts, colleges, universities, alternative schools and others
  • State, local and tribal government organizations

 

Where does your project fit?

Each project must address critical, pressing needs of the local community, focused on one of the following areas:

  • Capacity Building (starting in 2018; services intended to make an organization or AmeriCorps project more efficient or effective; management of community volunteers to provide services that support or enhance the program model)
  • Disaster Services (disaster preparedness training and education)
  • Economic Opportunity (adult basic education; job skills training; financial literacy)
  • Education (K-12 academic improvement or engagement through tutoring)
  • Environmental Stewardship (education and outreach; habitat restoration)
  • Healthy Futures (education in nutrition and healthy behaviors; healthcare access, insurance and benefit programs; assisting seniors or disabled adults with access to meals, transportation or other services)
  • Veterans and Military Families (recruitment of veterans as community volunteers; providing services or resource referrals to veterans in need)
  • Youth Opportunity Corps (mentorship, coaching and guidance to help disadvantaged youth on a pathway toward college or career)