Clinch-Powell is seeking to expand it’s profile of partner sites for the Appalachia CARES AmeriCorps program in Tennessee! Hosting an AmeriCorps member allows organizations to expand meaningful community services, provide on-the-job skills development to individuals who are passionate about serving others, and make the most of agency resources. Ideal new partners would be organizations or agencies that offer the following Housing Services: housing resource support, housing needs assessment, homeowner/renter/new homebuyer education, identification of appropriate housing, assistance with local housing options, expanding access to affordable housing, home repair, etc.
Appalachia CARES AmeriCorps members in these positions will engage in direct service with community members, clients, volunteers and agency staff to further the partner organization’s mission and goals related to housing. The member’s primary service will be implementation of service-learning projects to meet national performance measures, as well as other reporting and/or tasks as assigned by the Appalachia CARES program. Daily service activities (secondary service) will be assigned and overseen by the partner site and account for 90-95% of the member’s time. In other words, as long as AmeriCorps responsibilities have priority, partners have flexibility in creating a position that is beneficial. This is a term of national service - not a staff, temp, or intern position - but for the most part, the AmeriCorps member will function like any other employee of your organization on a day-to-day basis.
Minimum Site Qualifications
Organizations interested in applying to be an AmeriCorps service site should be prepared to provide the following:
- Onsite supervision, mentoring, and training related to assigned service activities.
- Approved service activities, set schedules, and support for members to fulfill AmeriCorps hours, term dates, and tasks.
- Compliance with AmeriCorps prohibited activities, Appalachia CARES policies, and equal opportunity employer and provider.
- A designated site supervisor to manage overall position (this person will be required to undergo a National Service Criminal History Check, will be responsible for approving member timesheets and reports throughout the term, and will be the main contact for Appalachia CARES staff, which requires regular use and access of various online platforms).
- A safe, accessible workspace for the member, including regular access to a computer with internet connection and scanning capability, as well as any other technology and equipment necessary to fulfill responsibilities.
- Access to relevant training, certifications, or education required to fulfill on-site responsibilities.
- A positive environment and service experience for the member.
- Commitment to the AmeriCorps partnership, including regular communication with Appalachia CARES staff, recognition on all platforms, proper identification of Appalachia CARES AmeriCorps members, and relevant staff training and education.
Minimum AmeriCorps Member Qualifications
- Must be 17 years of age or older.
- Must have a high school diploma or its equivalent OR currently enrolled in a program to obtain this.
- Must be a citizen, national, or a lawful permanent resident alien of the United States.
- Must consent to a National Service Criminal History Check and meet eligibility requirements to serve based on Appalachia CARES adjudication of results.
- Must be able to successfully complete the AmeriCorps term, including minimum service hours and contract dates, as well as all requirements set forth in the Member Service Agreement and assigned by Appalachia CARES staff.
- Must abide by the drug-free workplace policy (if a drug test is required, this must be administered by the agency prior to enrollment).
AmeriCorps placements are available for 3-12 months ranging from 20-40 hours per week. We encourage our partners to recruit directly from their communities within Tennessee, but regional and/or national recruitment tools may also be used. Service must take place onsite, in person (limited remote service approval may be granted on a case-by-case basis as COVID-19 continues to be of concern). Day-to-day supervision will be handled by the site, with online timesheets submitted bimonthly to Appalachia CARES for approval. Quarterly reports, project reports, evaluations, and site visits will be required at designated intervals with deadlines communicated in advance. AmeriCorps members receive a modest living allowance while in active service, which is issued bimonthly via direct deposit by Clinch-Powell. Upon successful completion of the term, members receive the Segal Education Award, which can be used toward college tuition and/or qualified student loans. AmeriCorps members also receive training (both from the Appalachia CARES program and the service site), on the job experience, and access to a network of resources through Clinch-Powell, AmeriCorps, and AmeriCorps Alums. Full-time members (1700 hours/12 months) may be eligible for health insurance at no cost to them, as well as a childcare benefit to assist with costs (eligibility criteria and application required for these benefits).
Member Roles & Responsibilities
Primary: Members will organize and implement housing services for economically disadvantaged individuals and families in the rural and urban areas served by the Appalachia CARES AmeriCorps program to meet national performance measures. Housing services include: resource support, assessment, education, identification of appropriate housing, and home repairs. Members will be required to plan and execute service-learning activities that involve a minimum target number of participants (physical sign-in, post-service survey, and project reports will be required). Target numbers are assigned based on the type of AmeriCorps position (minimum service hours/term length). If the member’s daily activities do not allow for completion of the performance measure, additional planning to implement community outreach projects will be required. Members will also recruit and/or manage volunteers, which will be tracked quarterly, as well as specifically for completion of performance measure projects. Primary responsibilities account for 5-10% of the overall service hours.
Secondary: Members will complete daily tasks and activities as assigned by the service site that further the mission and goals of the organization. Daily service will be assigned and overseen by a site supervisor, with other agency staff involved as needed. AmeriCorps members should feel like members of the team at the organization, and be treated as such. Appalachia CARES program staff will work directly with partner organizations to create an AmeriCorps member position description based on needs of the site. Secondary responsibilities account for 90-95% of the overall service hours.
The Appalachia CARES program is a grant funded AmeriCorps program sponsored by the Clinch-Powell Resource Conservation and Development (RC&D) Council, a 501(C)(3) not-for-profit organization. AmeriCorps is a federally funded program, managed at the state level by Volunteer Tennessee, the agency responsible for service and volunteer initiatives across the state. It is the mission of Clinch-Powell to build strong, sustainable communities by investing in people, housing, and conservation of natural resources. We accomplish this through partnerships, direct investments, financial education and counseling, and by providing housing solutions, primarily in Tennessee. The Appalachia CARES program is a service-learning program that promotes COMMUNITY, ACTION, RESPONSIBILITY, EDUCATION and SERVICE. The goal of the Appalachia CARES program is to engage youth and community members in service-learning activities that address genuine community needs, expand the capacity of partnering agencies, and promote active citizenship within the community.
If this sounds like the perfect opportunity for your organization to expand programming and services, make the most of your agency’s budget, and provide meaningful service experiences to individuals interested in your field, contact us for specific details and next steps! We have AmeriCorps placements available as early as October 2021.
Trenna Brown, Appalachia CARES Program Director
AmeriCorps, Clinch-Powell, and Appalachia CARES are committed to providing equal opportunity for all. We do not discriminate in any aspect of employment or service because of race, color, sex, national origin, religion, age, mental or physical disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, political affiliation, marital or parental status, military service or any other improper criterion. This material is based upon work supported by the Corporation for National and Community Service under AmeriCorps Grant No. 19ACHTN0010001. Opinions or points of view expressed in this document are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the official position of, or a position that is endorsed by, the Corporation or the AmeriCorps program.