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The parts of an AmeriCorps member

Learn what will make up your AmeriCorps term: how to access benefits, volunteerism.
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Constance Statham

on 6 September 2012

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Transcript of The parts of an AmeriCorps member

Position
Description Prohibited
Activities National Days
of Service Volunteer
Development Gear Benefits AmeriBored You can't influence legislation.
Don't lobby. You can't organize or engage in protests, petitions, boycotts, or strikes. You can't engage in religious instruction, conduct worship services, provide instruction as part of a program that includes mandatory religious instruction or worship, construct or operate facilities devoted to religious instruction or worship, or engage in any form of religious proselytization. You can't assist, promote or deter union organizing or impair existing contracts for services or collective bargaining agreements. You can't conduct a voter registration drive or use Corporation funds to conduct a voter registration drive. cannot provide a direct benefit to
a business organized for profit
a labor union
a partisan political organization
a non-profit that is not a 501(c)(3)
an organization engaged in religious activities You can't provide abortion services or referrals for receipt of such services. You can't engage in partisan political activities, or other activities designed to influence the out-come of an election to any public office 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. Grow to love your position description.
It is the heart of your service. If it ever changes in anyway you'll want to notify your program coordinator. You will serve this year to increase the volunteer force at your site. AmeriCorps does not want to prevent you from acting freely as an individual citizen. However while charging time to the AmeriCorps program, wearing AmeriCorps gear or representing the AmeriCorps program in anyway, there are a few activities that you can't do. How about an example? Robert is getting ready to participate in his clinic's legislative lobby day. He and his clinic are planning on bringing some of the clinic's patients so that they may ask that a family planning bill (that includes state funding for abortion services) be funded, and register them to vote. Suddenly, Robert gets a strange feeling that something isn't right. He remembers the list of prohibited activities. AmeriCorps members cannot:
*participate in efforts to influence legislation
*participate in or endorse events or activities that are likely to include advocacy for proposed legislation
*conduct voter registration drives
*provide abortion services or make referrals for such services Your service contract with your site. Your position description outlines a service plan for your 10.5 month term. In addition to outlining what you should do, you position description implies what you shouldn't do. If it's not in your position description, then you should not participate in the activity without first discussing with your site supervisor. Helping your community join you in service. connecting your community with your site AmeriCorps wants to utilize knowledge and provide meaningful experiences to people. There is a special emphasis on engaging the following groups: For a listing of National Days of Service
visit the resources page at the end of the prezi. You will be expected to participate in 1 day of National Service and AmeriCorps Week. Your AmeriCorps Leader will provide details about
AmeriCorps Week as the the date approaches. The perks of your service. You will receive the following during your service: Health insurance covers basic medical--no dental, no optometry. Coverage starts on your first day of service and continues until midnight on your last day of service. You may access your health insurance without your
health insurance card. Provide your medical provider with
the policy number: GTLSPW1201
the group number: WSSC 12130001
your social security number $1125 monthly stipend Your stipend check will be deposited on the 10th and 25th of each month. You are required to use direct deposit to receive your stipend check. Health Insurance Childcare if eligible Childcare is provided by Gap Solutions. Eligibility is determined through application. Forbearance on Student Loans You can apply for forbearance through your loan holder by using the myAmeriCorps portal at americorps.gov Baby Boomers
(Born 1946-1964) Veterans - a person who served in the active military, naval or air service and who was discharged or released under conditions other than dishonorable. identifying yourself to the
world. You will receive the following after successful* completion of your service: * refer to the member
contract for details $5550 education award % interest paid on qualified student loans paid for by the National Service Trust fund. National days of service provide you with the opportunity to engage your community in volunteerism. Team up with members in your region to plan a service day. refer to the member handbook and our website for more information about benefits. To increase awareness of AmeriCorps, WSC will provide gear for you to wear when you are serving. Parts of An AmeriCorps
Member and now for.... Those are the ingredients that make an AmeriCorps member. For more information about benefits check out the benefits section of your member handbook.
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