AmeriCorps engages more than 80,000 Americans each year in intensive, results-driven service. Since 1994, AmeriCorps is part of a tradition of national movements such as VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) and the CCC (Civilian Conservation Corps), involving people of all ages and backgrounds in strengthening American communities. Our members are part of the AmeriCorps State and National program, and are focused on direct service.
What You Can Achieve
AmeriCorps members serve their communities in ways that address disaster services, economic opportunity, education, environmental stewardship, healthy futures, and veterans and military families. They also recruit volunteers to enhance their effectiveness. Here in West Virginia, nearly 800 members of all ages and backgrounds are serving each year to meet some of the most critical needs in the state. AmeriCorps State and National members focus on direct service, although they can do limited capacity building and fundraising as directly related to projects they are working on.
How High Rocks Fits In
High Rocks is one of West Virginia’s AmeriCorps grant host sites. Each AmeriCorps host site must apply for an AmeriCorps team of at least 10 members. Every year, we write an umbrella AmeriCorps application for all our partner organizations and ourselves. We handle the majority of reporting, administrative requirements and compiling performance data across the programs for your AmeriCorps member projects so that you can focus on building effective programs that improve people’s lives and our communities. We help you navigate the more obscure reporting and compliance requirements, provide you with the training you need to be successful, and offer limited mentoring on an as-needed basis as you develop a successful multi-year project.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:1. IS YOUR PROGRAM THE RIGHT FIT?
An AmeriCorps member placed at your site can improve your organization’s capacity to address community needs by doing direct service. Currently the High Rocks AmeriCorps Grant’s primary goals are to:
- Invest in Education: working to increase K-12 student success (in or out of school time)
- Cultivate Volunteer Capacity: Increasing community capacity by working with volunteers
- Build Healthy Futures: increasing access to healthy food with nutrition education
Your project doesn’t have to fall entirely within one of the above categories, but they are our current AmeriCorps grant reporting measures, so we like to help develop projects that have one of these components. If you’re working with non-profits, you’re probably working with volunteers. We are happy to talk to you about your organization and the work you do to work towards a potential partnership.
2. WHAT BENEFITS DOES A FULL-TIME AMERICORPS MEMBER RECEIVE?
- A chance to change the world
- A modest living stipend of up to $12,530 during their year of service
- Student loan deferment, health insurance options, and if eligible, childcare allowance
- Upon successful completion of a 1750 hour service year, a Segal Education Award of $5,730, to pay for college, student loans, graduate school, or vocational school. The award can be transferred to a child or grandchild for members who are serving at ages 55 and older.
- Professional development and training
3. IS MY ORGANIZATION THE RIGHT FIT?
High Rocks expects all our partner sites to work with us to make the AmeriCorps program a transformational experience for the members, a valuable partnership for your organization and High Rocks, and an effective tool for addressing community needs. Your organization will commit to:
- Clear and consistent communication with High Rocks and your AmeriCorps member
- Effective weekly supervision meetings and timesheet review
- Timely submission of progress reports
- $6,000 non-refundable financial contribution upon award of AmeriCorps member slot
- Implementation of the High Rocks Personnel Policy with their AmeriCorps member
- Compliance with state and federal AmeriCorps regulations
4. WHAT DO YOU NEED TO BECOME A PARTNER SITE WITH HIGH ROCKS AMERICORPS PROJECT?
- Submit a Letter of Interest by January
- Designate a site supervisor for your potential AmeriCorps member
- Develop a position description for your AmeriCorps Member
- Sign and submit the partner site Letter of Agreement and commit $6,000 of financial contribution
ALREADY A PARTNER SITE…WHAT’S NEXT?
- Recruit your AmeriCorps member! There are several key points and requirements to this process, please email us for more information on this process.
- Attend the annual orientation in September, this includes the supervisor and member
- Submit your financial donation to High Rocks Educational Corporation
- Submit timely quarterly program reports to High Rocks.
- January: Partner sites submit letters of interest to High Rocks
- February: Accepted partner sites receive Letter of Agreement to sign and return to High Rocks
- March: High Rocks submits entire AmeriCorps grant to Volunteer WV
- March: High Rocks Partner Site Progress Reports due from current partner sites
- May: Volunteer WV notifies High Rocks if programs will be recommended for federal funding (start unofficial member recruitment)
- July: Volunteer WV notifies High Rocks if our programs received federal funding
- August: Partner sites complete AmeriCorps interviewing and hiring; send financial contribution
- September: AmeriCorps Orientation and training at High Rocks and in Charleston, WV
- September: High Rocks Partner Site Final Progress reports due from current partners (previous year)
QUESTIONS? CONTACT AMERICORPS@HIGHROCKS.ORG