AmeriCorps Summer Service Positions Offer Opportunities to Assist with Local COVID-19 Response, Recovery Supports
Healthy Acadia is thrilled to offer several AmeriCorps service opportunities for individuals to assist community partner organizations across northeastern Maine through the summer. AmeriCorps service positions offer a unique opportunity for individuals to actively contribute to the well being of their communities, which can be especially meaningful during these uncertain times.
Eligible individuals must commit to serve 25-40 hours per week beginning July 1 and continuing through August 31, 2020. The positions are flexible in terms of service responsibilities – members may provide recovery coaching and recovery support services under the Maine AmeriCorps RecoveryCorps model, assist with programs working to respond to public health issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic, or a combination of both will support local organizations as they respond to the needs of the community during the state of emergency.
COVID-19 response activities may include assisting local food banks, connecting with isolated community members remotely, providing COVID-19 education and community outreach, and supporting prevention and mitigation efforts.
RecoveryCorps Recovery Coaching/Supports volunteers will have the opportunity to develop professional skills and build their resume and impact meaningful change by supporting the work of local organizations that are committed to enhancing successful and sustainable recovery for our communities. Host sites include county jails, hospitals, health centers, recovery centers, community-based nonprofits, police departments, and social service agencies. RecoveryCorps members are needed to serve communities in Aroostook, Hancock, Knox, Kennebec, Penobscot, Piscataquis, Waldo, and Washington counties, Maine.
“Volunteering as an AmeriCorps member provides more than the sense of fulfillment that comes from serving your community,” said Paige Johnston, Healthy Acadia’s Maine RecoveryCorps Program Director, and a former AmeriCorps service member. “It also opens a door to professional and personal development opportunities that can help shape your future.”
Volunteers serving with either program will be provided with temporary use of a Healthy Acadia Google Chromebook and cell phone/hotspot during their service term. Individuals who complete their summer service term will be eligible for a $2,000 stipend as well as $1,251 in education credit that can be used towards tuition or pre-existing student loan debt. They will also gain experience in emergency community response, have access to the nationwide network of AmeriCorps members and alumni, and the opportunity to sign on for a full year of service upon completion.
In order for interested individuals to take advantage of this opportunity, the site contract and member agreement must be executed by July 1. Applications may be completed at https://my.americorps.gov/.
For more information, please contact Paige Johnston by email at [email protected] or by phone at (207) 610-3277 or (207) 412-2288 Ext. 408.
Healthy Acadia is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that engages in a broad range of initiatives to build healthier communities and make it easier for people to lead healthy lives across Washington and Hancock counties, Maine. Learn more at www.healthyacadia.org.