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AMERICORPS 101— For Members Welcome to AmeriCorps & National Service!. 2014-2015. The Very Basics of AmeriCorps.... Just the Facts…. AmeriCorps is…. Service to our Nation by making a difference in communities from coast to coast. - PowerPoint PPT Presentation


  • 2014-2015


  • Just the Facts


  • Service to our Nation by making a difference in communities from coast to coast.

    AmeriCorps members get things done for citizens in New Jersey as well as every state in the union!*

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  • It starts with a plan of action, but it continues with you!*

  • AmeriCorps members serve according to the application submitted to the NJ Commission.

    This is a CORPS reporting for duty.

    AmeriCorps Member identity, National Service branding, training, and reflection are part of this program. *

  • AmeriCorps Members must serve according to their position description that is written in their contract.Make sure to obtain a copy of your signed contract and read it thoroughly. *

  • A term of service

    A commitment to a set number of service hours

    A separate program of service not longer than one year that has a lot of regulations that MUST be followed by organizations and members.

    A win/win for both the community and Member


  • Hours are to be served consistently according to the Member contract.For example:

    Minimum of 35 hours a week- FTMinimum of 20 hours a week- HTMinimum of 40 hours a week- MTSummer Service

    Make sure your contract is correct!


  • National Service Program (Often referred to as the Domestic Peace Corps)

    Locally Implemented, State & Federally Supported Service to CommunitiesEducation Awards for ServiceUp to 4 Terms of National Service (May only earn 2 education awards)*

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  • AmeriCorps is:

    funded by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS)

    administered by the NJ Commission on National and Community Service

    hosted by the Department of State*

  • New Jersey CDC

    St. Pauls CDC

    Great Oaks Charter School

    United Way of Central Jersey

    United Way of Monmouth County


  • Montclair UniversityThe Salvation ArmyThe College of New JerseyJersey CaresNJ DEP Watershed AmbassadorsJewish Renaissance Foundation Center for Family Services


  • NJ has over 25 AmeriCorps programs with many sub-sites, including National Directs.

    The State Commission is currently working with 12 programs.

    There are over 800 Corps Members serving in all areas of New Jersey.


  • EducationEconomic OpportunityHealthy FuturesEnvironmental StewardshipVeterans and Military Families Disaster Recovery/Relief Capacity Building*

  • People of all backgrounds 17 years & olderCommitted to making a difference by Completing a term of DIRECT Service with Local & National Organizations

    There are over 800 Members in New Jersey and 60,000 nationwide.*

  • Members must complete a Term of Service.

    This could be 1700 hours (FT), 900 hours (HT), 450 hours (QT), or 300 hours (MT).


  • AmeriCorps Members take action and find solutions to address community needs while learning new skills and sharing talents to make a difference in New Jersey.


  • Tutor Students

    Educate communities about their environment

    Renovate and Rebuild Abandoned Homes

    Provide Mentoring During Non-School Hours

    Recruit Volunteers

    Teach Parenting Skills to Teen Parents


  • Bridging the Digital Divide

    Assisting the Homeless

    Providing Support to Adults and Children with Disabilities

    Supporting immigrants through a variety of Human & Educational Services

    Supporting grandparents raising grandchildren


  • A job or a jobs program

    An internship

    Free labor

    A staff builder*

  • Do office, clerical, or janitorial workThis includes answering phones

    Supervise other members

    Manage paperwork or financial issues*

  • Full-Time Members

    1,700 Hours of Service Education Award $5,645Living Allowance $12,100Health InsuranceChild CareHalf-Time Members

    900 Hours of ServiceEducation Award $2,822 Living Allowance $6,050 (varies slightly)All Members receive training and the experience of a lifetime! PLUS*

  • Child Care (For FT members)

    Health Insurance (For FT members)

    Loan Forbearance (During time of service)

    Interest Accrual Stops*


    Full Time 1700 $5645Half Time 900 $2822Quarter Time 450 $1493Minimum Time 300 $1195*

  • The Education Award can be used to:

    Repay qualified existing or future student loansPay all or part of the cost of attending an institution of higher education (including certain vocational programs)Pay expenses incurred while participating in an approved school-to-work program

    *NOTE: It must be used at an institution or program that that has been approved by the US Dept. of Education for participation in Title IV programs. *

  • Members can earn up to the equivalent of 2 full time education awards

    Taxable upon use

    You have up to seven years to use your award

    Can be used at more than one institution and can help pay more than one loan

    Can be used outside of the United States


  • The Education Award is ONLY transferable if:

    You were at least 55 when you enrolled; andYou began service on or after October 1, 2009; and You are serving in an AmeriCorps State or National program. Only awards earned in terms beginning on or after Oct. 1, 2009, are eligible for transfer.


  • Members must complete at least 15% of their service hours to be eligible for a pro-rated Education Award if he or she exited the program due to compelling personal circumstances.

    These are reasons BEYOND the members control, such as personal illness or the death of an immediate family member. Documentation is required.


  • Members will need to access the My AmeriCorps portal by logging in at On the site, members can:

    Access their Education Award VoucherView their balanceApply for interest accrual or loan forbearance


  • While charging time to the AmeriCorps program, accumulating service or training hours, or performing activities supported by the AmeriCorps program or the Corporation, staff and members may not:

    Attempt to influence legislation;

    Organize or engage in protests, petitions, boycotts, or strikes;


  • Assist, promote, or deter union organizing;

    Impair existing contracts for services or collective bargaining agreements;

    Engage in partisan political activities or other activities designed to influence the outcome of an election to any public office;


  • Participate in or endorse events or activities that are likely to include advocacy for or against political parties, political platforms, political candidates, proposed legislation, or elected officials;


  • Engage in religious instruction, conduct worship services, or provide instruction as part of a program that includes mandatory religious instruction or worship. Nor may they:

    construct, operate, or maintain facilities devoted to religious instruction or worship

    engage in any form of religious proselytization, such as prayer


  • Provide a direct benefit to:

    A business organized for profit;

    A labor union;

    A partisan political organization;


  • Conducting a voter registration drive or using CNCS funds to conduct a voter registration drive;

    Providing abortion services or referrals for receipt of such services; and

    Such other activities as CNCS may prohibit.



    AmeriCorps Members may not engage in the above activities directly or indirectly by recruiting, training, or managing others for the primary purpose of engaging in one of the activities listed above. *

  • Individuals may exercise their rights as private citizens and may participate in the activities listed above on their initiative, not on AmeriCorps time, and using non-CNCS funds.

    Individuals should not wear the AmeriCorps logo while doing so.


  • If a member has a COMPELLING PERSONAL CIRCUMSTANCE and has completed at least 15% of their service, they MAY receive a portion of the educational award.

    This means that the situation is absolutely beyond the members control (e.g. illness).

    Documentation to substantiate the circumstance is MANDATORY and must be provided by the member.


  • RELEASE FOR CAUSE--If a member leaves for other reasons, they will NOT receive an educational award.

    These reasons include a new job, going back to school, dissatisfaction with the program, etc.


  • Each program has a qualified supervisor who provides oversight on a daily basis.

    Members are prohibited from supervising other members. *

  • Training opportunities include:

    OrientationCitizenship Training (optional)Life After AmeriCorpsContent Skills TrainingGED support


  • Programs will provide opportunities for members to: coordinate activities recruit volunteers serve in team leader capacities in their programs*

  • The Program Manager will provide information about:

    GED classesContinued EducationCareer Opportunities*

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  • NJ Commission on National and Community Services NJ Department of State

    225 West State Street, 4th Floor P.O. Box 456 Trenton, NJ 08625-0456



  • Kelly Boyd, Program OfficerKelly.Boyd@sos.state.nj.us609-633-7325

    Ivette Ramos, Fiscal & Grants Officer Ivette.