AmeriCorps is the national service program that provides thousands of Americans of many ages and backgrounds with education awards in exchange for a year of community service.
AmeriCorps engages approximately 80,000 members in intensive service annually to serve through nonprofit, faith-based, and community organizations at 23,000 locations across the country. These members help communities tackle pressing problems while mobilizing millions of volunteers for the organizations they serve. Since 1994, more than 1 million Americans have provided more than 1.3 billion hours of service to their communities and country through AmeriCorps. For more information, visit NationalService.gov.
AmeriCorps members in Wisconsin typically start their terms of service during the fall. Most AmeriCorps members receive a living allowance which is distributed in equal payments, typically every two weeks. Full-time members complete at least 1,700 service hours, typically during a 10-12 month period, and receive a modest living allowance of about $12,600, health care, child care, and a $5,815.00 Education Award. Some programs enroll less than full-time members and available benefits then vary. All AmeriCorps members who successfully complete their service are eligible for an Education Award, which can be used for higher education or can be applied to exising student loans.
The Volunteer Wisconsin AmeriCorps program is administered by Marshfield Clinic in partnership with the Nonprofit Center of Milwaukee. The program was developed on behalf of Volunteer Wisconsin, a coalition of local, regional and state organizations committed to serving as the state umbrella organization dedicated to volunteerism.
Nonprofits apply to be considered for a member placement. 45 nonprofits/schools/government organizations selected as host sites recruit their member. Marshfield Clinic then verifies member eligibility and maintains the necessary paperwork. Staff from Marshfield Clinic and the Nonprofit Center of Milwaukee provide training at AmeriCorps orientation in September to prepare members for their term of service. They also provide education, training, and technical assistance throughout the term of service. Host site supervisors attend one day of the orientation to receive member management training and to develop a plan of service with their member. Members serve full time (35-40 hours per week), providing direct support to the development and management of the volunteer program of their host site. Members will receive a bi-weekly living allowance and health insurance. Upon successful completion of their term of service, members will receive a $5,815 education award.
The Marshfield Clinic AmeriCorps Volunteer Wisconsin members focus on increasing the capacity of nonprofits to effectively engage and utilize volunteers. Members will recruit skilled and on-going volunteers, and assess and strengthen the existing volunteer management system within the nonprofit. Typical activities include any of the following: marketing volunteer opportunities; developing efficient procedures and necessary forms for screening, training, supervising, recognizing, and retaining volunteers; overseeing volunteers; providing volunteer recognition, tracking and measuring volunteer impact; reporting impact and conducting evaluations. As a group, Volunteer Wisconsin members will recruit and mobilize at least 450 sustainable volunteers to support nonprofit organizations.
Members will participate in initial team orientation for four days at a camp facility to bond as AmeriCorps members, participate in focused volunteer management training, and obtain the tools and forms needed to begin their work with volunteers. While placed in a nonprofit, members work independently, with staff, and with volunteers to help nonprofits achieve their missions and make measurable differences in their communities. The Volunteer Wisconsin members gather as a team several times during the year for additional team building and training.
Host sites are available across Wisconsin.
Contact: Shelly Kaiser, (715)221-8406, firstname.lastname@example.org