What is an AmeriCorps member?
Civic Works’ AmeriCorps members make a commitment to serve Baltimore’s communities for several months to a year. In return, they receive a stipend, training, and an education award that can be used for college, trade school, or to repay qualified student loans.
Our AmeriCorps members tutor students, grow food, create community gardens, repair homes, provide energy education, and more. They represent a diverse range of ages and backgrounds.
Who is eligible to join AmeriCorps?
In order to be a Civic Works AmeriCorps member, you must be:
- At least 17 years old;
- A U.S. Citizen, U.S. National, or lawful permanent resident alien; and
- Able to pass a drug test and sex offender registry check
AmeriCorps Financial Resources Coordinator – 900 Hour Term
Position Start Date:
Organization and Program Description:
Civic Works strengthens Baltimore’s communities through education, skills development, and community service. Civic Works goals are to Build Brighter Futures through education and job training, grow Healthy Food and Green Communities, and create Safe and Affordable Housing.
The Member Development team enrolls, supports, and trains up to 300 AmeriCorps Members every year. This team evaluates community resources that Civic Works AmeriCorps members need immediate and long-term access to, including financial literacy resources, food access, and housing access. By the end of their AmeriCorps term, each member should be able to navigate and use these resources. The Financial Resources Coordinator educates fellow AmeriCorps members on financial resources, including the Trusted Advisor application.
The Financial Resource Coordinator will assist AmeriCorps members in accessing the Trusted Advisor app, track how many Civic Works AmeriCorps members and AmeriCorps Alum use the service, and maintain records on the usefulness and functionality of the services. They will also coach AmeriCorps members in reaching financial goals, how they can make the most of their living allowances and Education Awards, and instill confidence in fellow AmeriCorps members to take control of their budgets and expenditures.
Member Service Activities:
- Develop and host financial literacy trainings for over 150+ AmeriCorps members.
- Recruit 100+ members and alumni to take part in the “Trusted advisor financial training”.
- Identify and share a budget challenge for members to follow throughout their term.
- Provide 2 financial trainings to all Civic Works’ AmeriCorps members.
- Survey feedback from AmeriCorps members and alumni using the Trusted advisor program.
- Provide financial resources to Member development team to share with members and alumni.
- Working one on one with members to support financial plans, budgeting, and aligning members to resources.
- Establish partnerships with financial organizations and agencies as resources for our members.
Desired Skills and Education:
- High school Diploma is required
- AmeriCorps service is a plus
Terms of Service:
This position is a 900 hour AmeriCorps term. The AmeriCorps member will receive training, a biweekly living allowance of $680 and an educational award of $2,960 upon successful completion of service that can be used for college, trade school, or to repay qualified student loans. In order to be a Civic Works AmeriCorps member, you must be at least 17 years old; a U.S. Citizen, U.S. National, or “lawful permanent resident alien”; and able to pass a drug test and criminal and sex offender background check.
How to Apply:
Some programs have additional requirements and restrictions.
As an AmeriCorps member you may NOT participate in the following activities during service hours:
- Political Advocacy: AmeriCorps members cannot engage in political advocacy. They cannot advocate for legislation or for a political candidate in any way. They cannot conduct voter registration drives or lobby government officials at any level.
- Religious Instruction: AmeriCorps members cannot engage in religious instruction. They cannot conduct religious studies, prayer groups, pastoral counseling, or any other activity promoting or providing information about religion. This does not prohibit AmeriCorps members from participating in non-religious activities at religious meetings or services.
- Abortion referrals: AmeriCorps members cannot provide abortion services or referrals for receipt of such services.
- Benefit a Business: AmeriCorps members cannot engage in service that benefits a for-profit business, a partisan political organization, or a labor union.
In addition, Civic Works AmeriCorps members may NOT participate in the following activities during service hours.
- Clerical Service: AmeriCorps members may engage in clerical activities, such as photocopying, stuffing envelopes or answering phones for their own project. They cannot engage in these activities in assisting another person.
- Fund Raising: AmeriCorps members cannot seek in-kind donations and assist with fund raising events, mailings, or other activities, write grants (or portions of grants) or participate in capital fund raising activities or campaigns
The list above is a summary, for detailed prohibited activities go to the following link: http://www.nationalservice.gov/sites/default/files/documents/acprohibited_activities.pdf
Civic Works welcomes all corpsmember applicants and does not discriminate based on race, ethnicity, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, marital status, disability, genetic information, or any other classification protected by applicable federal, state or local law. Civic Works complies with all requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act.