AmeriCorps

Make a difference through AmeriCorps!

AmeriCorps is an opportunity to give full time service to High Rocks or other community non-profits while receiving a monthly living stipend, health insurance, college loan deferral, and an education award to use for college tuition or student loans. Positions start on March 1, 2017.

AmeriCorps Info Sheet

Have questions or ready to apply?  Contact us at admissions@highrocks.org, 304 653-4891, or High Rocks, 195 Thompson Rd., Hillsboro, WV 24946.

Current sites with half-year positions available are:

Gardens and Grow Appalachia at High Rocks

As a Gardens & Grow Appalachia AmeriCorps member you will serve on a small team that plants, cares for, and harvests vegetables from the High Rocks garden and high tunnel for and with the campers of our summer camp program.  This goes hand in hand with broadening campers’ understanding of local healthy foods by providing hands-on education about how the food they eat gets to their plates.  Members will also assist with coordinating the logistics for gardening workshops throughout the season and with the distribution of gardening supplies to 50 local gardens through the Grow Appalachia program, which offers free gardening support and resources to local gardeners.  Click here for a list of duties:  Gardens and Grow Appalachia description.

Oakhurst Outreach, Inc.

Oakhurst Outreach has committed itself to providing safe, clean, and comfortable transitional housing for women who have suffered from and are now recovering from the ravages of alcohol and/or drug addiction.  Oakhurst provides teaching of various and specific skill sets to aid in securing employment and also requires participation in local 12-step programs to promote drug free independent living.  Oakhurst’s commitment extends to working in an atmosphere of mutual respect and openness among board members, staff, participating groups, and any persons who benefit from our services.  The organization focuses on creating an environment which respects the uniqueness of expression of the people of West Virginia and fosters self-determination and community responsibility.  Oakhurst continues to cooperate with other individuals and organizations who share a similar mission while developing partnerships between community groups so we can assist each other in accomplishing our mutual goals.

Trillium Performing Arts Collective

Trillium Performing Arts is a community-based, non-profit, artist-run organization that creates original dance and movement theatre in Lewisburg, WV. This position provides a unique opportunity to assist a non-profit arts organization. Stage production, volunteer recruitment and management, marketing, writing, graphic design, editing and media skills are useful.

Potomac Highlands Fuller Center for Housing

The Potomac Highlands Fuller Center for Housing is a local, non-profit, ecumenical housing ministry that builds and renovates houses in partnership with families in need. Homeowners work hand-in-hand with volunteers to build or renovate their homes, which they then pay for on terms they can afford, with no interest charged or profit made. This is a hand up not a handout.


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CURRENT Positions:

IMG_6963YEAR-ROUND AMERICORPS MEMBERS AT HIGH ROCKS: High Rocks is seeking individuals interested in volunteering to work with young people in Pocahontas, Greenbrier and Nicholas counties.  Educate, empower, and inspire young people in our leadership development programs and make an unforgettable difference in a young person’s life. We have several AmeriCorps members that serve within High Rocks Academy, both of our youth centers and Grow Appalachia.

YEAR-ROUND AMERICORPS MEMBERS AT COMMUNITY PARTNER SITES:

Trillium Performing Arts Collective
Trillium Performing Arts is a community-based, non-profit, artist-run organization that creates original dance and movement theatre in Lewisburg, WV. This position provides a unique opportunity to assist a non-profit arts organization. Stage production, volunteer recruitment and management, marketing, writing, graphic design, editing and media skills are useful.

Friends of the Lower Greenbrier River
Friends of the Lower Greenbrier Watershed Organization (FOLGR) will engage one AmeriCorps member to serve in Monroe, Summers, and Greenbrier Counties. The member will implement curriculum for the watershed and environmental educational programs developed by FOLGR, involving in-class educational activities and field-based activities, such as water quality monitoring and macro-invertebrates identification and assessment. The member will strive to strengthen our organizational capacity in the watershed community by developing volunteer recruitment and retention strategies and by developing service opportunities and community service events that engage community members to improve their communities.

West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine
The mission of the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine (WVSOM) in Lewisburg, WV is to educate students from diverse backgrounds as lifelong learners in osteopathic medicine and complementary health-related programs, to support and develop graduate medical education training, to advance scientific knowledge through academic, clinical and basic science research, and to promote patient-centered, evidence based medicine. The AmeriCorps member will focus on building stronger relationships with local non-profits and developing diversity-related programs, among other projects.

Family Refuge Center
The Family Refuge Center is a community-based domestic violence project serving Greenbrier, Pocahontas, and Monroe counties in southeastern West Virginia. They are committed to ending physical, sexual, and emotional abuse in families and encourage and promote healthy family life based on mutual respect and support for all family members. Some of the services their organization offers are: a 24 hour crisis hotline; emergency shelter for battered women and their children; legal information; counseling and advocacy; support through the legal process; sexual assault services to victims and their families; support groups; children’s programs; adult basic education; community education; and information and referral.

Communities In Schools Greenbrier County
Communities In Schools of Greenbrier County’s mission is to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life. CISGC reaches more than 2,400 students in Greenbrier County. Their programs include individual case management, mentoring and tutoring, family engagement, physical tools for success and widely-accessible educational events. Communities In Schools of Greenbrier County and their partners provide guidance, resources, educational programs and access to local services in order to keep students in school and leading healthy, responsible lives.

Alderson Community Food Hub
Alderson Community Food Hub connects producers and consumers in the Greenbrier Valley, provides access to nutritious food, and cultivates awareness of sustainable food systems. This AmeriCorps member will meet with farmers/producers to understand needs and challenges of the local foods network, develop production request lists and perform outreach to encourage additional production, help plan and support farm-to-school programming at Alderson Elementary School,  and coordinate participation in community gardens.

United Way of Greenbrier Valley
United Way of the Greenbrier Valley is committed to advancing the common good by focusing on education, income and health. These are the building blocks for a good life – a quality education that leads to a stable job, enough income to support a family through retirement, and good health. An AmeriCorps member will be expected to: with UWGBV support, coordinate literacy programs to meet need areas; serve as liaison between the UWGBV, schools, and literacy program service providers; encourage, support and develop literacy program volunteers; assist UW staff with community events and promotional activities.

Alderson Main Street
AMS seeks to aid business and community development, contribute to beautification and enhanced streetscape, and create projects that promote Alderson’s many historical and recreational assets. During the last several years they acquired an unused 50’s Gulf station and renovated the grounds and building as the Greenbrier River Interpretive and Visitor Center (GRC). The mission of the GRC is to welcome visitors to Alderson, as well as to provide information on Alderson’s rich history and ecological information regarding the beautiful Greenbrier River, which lies just across the road from the GRC.

Mountain Music Trail
The Mountain Music Trail is an informal group of community leaders, musicians, organization representatives and venue owners who are dedicated to promoting and presenting the traditional music, dance and folkways of the Allegheny mountain regions, promoting cultural tourism and sustainable economic development near the Highway 219 corridor in Monroe, Greenbrier, Pocahontas, Randolph and Tucker counties and sharing a cultural experience that brings together visitors and residents alike to enjoy and participate in traditional mountain folkways. An AmeriCorps member will provide direct service in all the key components of the Mountain Music Trail initiative.


Questions? Contact AMERICORPS@HIGHROCKS.ORG