AmeriCorps

AmeriCorps is a national service program that provides thousands of Americans of all ages and backgrounds an opportunity to meet critical community needs.  At Habitat of Metro Denver, members play an essential role in transforming the lives of the families and individuals we serve. AmeriCorps members are selected from across the nation to serve one or two years of service. Through the AmeriCorps program members have the opportunity to serve their community, learn new things, make new friends and have fun!  

Members serve either an 11 or 12 month term of service and in exchange for their service receive a monthly living stipend.  After completing the program members are awarded a $5,500 Education Award that can be used to pay back eligible student loans or help pay for eligible future education. Habitat Metro Denver assists members with paying for housing and offers second-year Habitat members an additional benefit.

If you are interested in the 2017-2018 year please email your cover letter and resume to Trisha

Positions available for 2017-2018:
Construction Crew Leader National
Construction Crew Leader- Production Warehouse National
Family Services Homebuyer Education VISTA
ReStore Volunteer Coordinator VISTA
ReStore Social Media VISTA
Community Outreach Coordinator National
Construction Systems VISTA

AmeriCorps National Program

National members focus on direct service activities.  This means they engage directly with volunteers, partner families and community members.  Examples of AmeriCorps National positions are:

  • Construction/Deconstruction Crew Leadership
  • Family Services Coordination
  • Volunteer Services Coordination

Member Requirements
The Habitat for Humanity AmeriCorps program is open to US citizens, US Nationals or lawful permanent residents ages 18 and older who have a high school diploma or GED.  These are the minimum requirements.  Each AmeriCorps position has specific requirements that are noted in the position descriptions.

Member Benefits
AmeriCorps National members may be eligible for the following benefits:

  • Living Allowance - up to $12,100 (this is approximate the amount changes each service year) for a full 46.5 weeks of service 
  • Education Award - $5,500 upon successful completion of service.  The Ed Award is good for seven years from the completion of service and may be transferable to certain family members if the member is at least 55 years old on the first day of service.
  • Student Loan Forbearance:  AmeriCorps members may be eligible to postpone the repayment of their qualified student loans through loan forbearance.  While the loan is in forbearance during the term of service, interest continues to accrue.  Accrued interest on qualified loans may be eligible for payment by the National Service Trust.  Please check out the AmeriCorps website for additional details.  Please note that not all loans are qualified for forbearance.   
  • Health benefits:  Members are eligible to enroll in a limited health plan.
  • Personal and sick leave
  • Childcare:  AmeriCorps members can receive childcare benefits if they meet the eligibility requirements.

Terms of Service
Habitat for Humanity International offers a 46.5 week term of service (approximately 11 months). Member must complete a minimum of 1700 hours and serve through the end date on their Member Agreement.  Our program year typically begins at the end of August/early September and ends in late July. Members may serve up to four terms as a National member, but are eligible for only two Education Awards.  


 

 

AmeriCorps VISTA Program

VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) members focus on indirect service activities.  This means they engage indirectly setting up systems, programs and procedures.  Examples of VISTA member positions are:

  • Resource Development
  • Volunteer Development
  • Project Development
  • Family Services Development

Member Requirements
The Habitat for Humanity AmeriCorps program is open to US citizens, US Nationals or lawful permanent residents ages 18 and older who have a high school diploma or GED.  These are the minimum requirements.  Each position has specific requirements noted on the position description.

Member Benefits
VISTA members may be eligible for the following benefits:

  • Living Allowance:  the Corporation for National and Community Service determines the living allowance by the county in which the project is based.  The range for the living allowance is $855-$1500 per month.  Please note, most members fall on the lower side this range.  The higher amount is rare and specific to a few counties nationwide with an extremely high cost of living.
  • Education Award ($5,500) or End of Service Stipend ($1,500) upon successful completion of service.  The Ed Award is good for seven years from the completion of service. Unfortunately, the Ed Award is not transferable for any reason for VISTA members.  
  • Studen Loan Forbearance: AmeriCorps members may be eligible to postpone the repayment of their qualified student loans through loan forbearance.  While the loan is in forbearance during the term of service, interest continues to accrue.  Accrued interest on qualified loans are eligible for payment by the National Service Trust.  Please check out the AmeriCorps website for additional details.  Please note, that not all loans are qualified for forbearance.
  • Health Benefits:  Members are eligible to enroll in a limited health plan.
  • Personal and sick days
  • Childcare: AmeriCorps members can receive childcare benefits if they meet the eligibility requirements.
  • Non-competitive Hiring Status:  When AmeriCorps VISTA members satisfactorily complete one full year of service, they earn non-competitive eligibility for federal government jobs for one year after the member's service.

Terms of Service
VISTAs serving with Habitat for Humanity International complete a one year, full-time term.  Our program year typically begins in August after members attend a Pre-Service Orientation (PSO). Members may serve up to three VISTA terms, but are eligible for only two Education Awards.

VISTA service is considered a "24/7" commitment.  As such, members are not allowed to hold another job while serving.  They can, however, take educational courses if approved.  While VISTAs serve "24/7" and may have some weeks where more hours are required, a typical week is about 40 hours.

 

 

Available Positions

Position Descriptions are currently being finalized.

Application Process

AmeriCorps members are selected based on the following criteria:

  • Experience volunteering with Habitat for Humanity and a clearly demonstraded interest in the work of Habitat
  • Strong leadership skills and self-confidence
  • Strong commitment to service
  • Personal integrity, motivation and commitment

To apply for the program please email a resume and cover letter to Trisha Koizumi.  The cover letter should explain why you are interested in dedicating a year of service with Habitat for Humanity.


AmeriCorps Stories at Habitat Metro Denver

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I chose to build with Habitat so that I would have skills afterward that I could continue to use. I feel like I’m giving back through service and Habitat is also helping me.

AmeriCorps teaches me and my team members the skills and knowledge that employers want, but aren’t necessarily willing to teach. So I feel like it’s a great program to get people experienced and engaged with their community.” 

– Nick

Read more of Nick's AmeriCorps Story on our blog


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"About a month into working with Habitat, I was wrapping up the build site for the day and a young volunteer said to the group with a big smile, 'This has seriously been the best day of my life.'"

- Erika

Read more of Erika's AmeriCorps Story on our blog