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Thursday, May 27th, 2010
8:52 pm
Relocating without a car
I don't have a drivers license and have serious driver's anxiety, so getting one in the near future does not seem plausible. I've applied almost exclusively to programs in big cities with reliable transit systems to avoid any future problems (hopefully). I've been relying on public transportation for years and am sure I will have no problem adjusting to a new system. Has anyone had a good experience relocating without a car? Any bad experiences?
Wednesday, May 5th, 2010
8:13 am
Hello...I have just finished college and have been looking into the AmeriCorps. The thing is I have a six month old and want to make sure that this is the right thing to do. I read that you can get child care assistance, but haven't been able to find any personal stories about having a child and being in AmeriCorps. I've worked in retail while going through college so I have no real experience so something like this would not only add to my resume but be an amazing experience I just don't want to put my daughter in a bad situation.

Any comments or information would be greatly appreciated...Thanks!
Monday, February 2nd, 2009
9:08 pm
 hey everyone,

I was just wondering how many positions you guys applied for? How many did you not get? I'm in the middle of interviewing for several positions and got my first rejection today. I'm just a little nervous about getting an AmeriCorps position. I think I'm a fairly good candidate: I'll have a BA in Social Welfare, I work with Autistic Children, and I volunteer at a non-profit as a crisis counselor.  I guess I'm just getting nervous since I'm sure there are much more qualified people than me applying, so was hoping I could get some feedback from you guys on your experiences with the application process! For reference I am applying to State/National programs that have some sort of counseling. Thanks so much!
Tuesday, December 9th, 2008
4:50 pm
Phone Interview
 Hi Everyone,

I have a phone interview next Tuesday at the National Student Partnerships. I'm really nervous! I've never done a phone interview before. I'm also afraid of coming across as unintelligent. I'm applying for the position in multiple cities (they have 12 different sites), so I'm also nervous about being an "outsider" who doesn't know about the cities communities before hand. Does anyone have any advice for me? The program works on the issues of homelessness, unemployment, undereducation, etc. I'm a Social Welfare major so I thought I'd brush up on some of my old class work, but I won't know the specific programs in the cities. I guess I'm just really nervous since I would really like this job! Thanks everyone.
Sunday, November 16th, 2008
4:54 pm
Applying and Housing Stipend
hey everyone,

I'll be starting to apply to jobs on the Americorps website in the next couple of months, and was wondering what your experience with the application process was. Did you hear back from jobs fairly quickly, or did you not hear back from places until close to the start of the job?

Another question:

I noticed that some jobs also list providing a housing stipend. Did anyone work in a job that had this?

Thanks in advance!
Tuesday, November 4th, 2008
12:08 am
Follow-up AmeriCorps Alumni survey
Hi everyone.

I’m a graduate student at DePaul University. Last week I posted a questionnaire for AmeriCorps alumni as part of a class project, and I'm asking for your help in completing a follow-up survey based on answers to those questions.

Where the previous questionnaire consisted of open-ended questions, this survey consists of 15 statements, with which you can agree or disagree. It shouldn't take long to complete.

To complete the survey, follow the link below, and please be honest. Thanks everyone for your help.


(Cross-posted to </a></b></a>americorpsalum, </a></b></a>cityyear, and </a></b></a>americorps_nccc)
Monday, October 27th, 2008
6:17 pm
AmeriCorps Alumni Survey
Hi everyone.

I’m a graduate student at DePaul University. As part of a class project, I am distributing a questionnaire to AmeriCorps alumni. It consists of four open-ended questions about the quality of your experience and accomplishments as an AmeriCorps volunteer.

To complete the survey, follow the link below and respond to the questions with as much or as little detail as you wish, and please be honest. Thanks everyone for your help.


(Cross-posted to americorpsalum, cityyear, and americorps_nccc)
Monday, August 4th, 2008
2:56 pm
Education Award
I looked through a few pages and wasn't able to find any other questions on the education award, so here goes:

I'll be finished my VISTA term on August 22 (yay!) and am trying to decide how I would get the most for my education award. I owe about $18,000 in student loans from undergrad, and am thinking about getting my MS sometime in the near future (grand total around $50,000). I've heard different things about the way the award is taxed depending on when you use it and I find the AmeriCorps website so frustrating that I wanted first hand experiences.

What's the better option here? Putting it towards my loan payments in a lump sum or using it towards tuition?

Current Mood: confused
Sunday, July 20th, 2008
2:23 am
I know this is an Alumni group, but if anyone who was a state/national program volunteer would talk to me, I'd greatly appreciate it. I have experience counseling as a volunteer for a teen crisis agency, so I would like to do direct practice for Americorps, which seems to be in the state/national program. If anyone would be willing to talk to me about their experience with this program, I would greatly appreciate it. Please e-mail at me ktmjones@gmail.com.

Thank you so much,
Tuesday, October 16th, 2007
12:59 pm
Stream Restoration Openings
Are you looking to gain hands-on river restoration experience? Does collecting GPS data interest you? Do you want to be part of a team?

The Watershed Enhancement Program of Clark Public Utilities is seeking team members for its Stream Restoration team. The complete team will consist of one Team Leader and five Stream Restoration Coordinators.

The AmeriCorps Team focuses on watershed restoration and education. Team members have the opportunity to work with and gain valuable experience in the following areas: nursery management, monitoring and developing, planning and implementing on the ground restoration activities. Team members will also work with the StreamTeam which is a community outreach program. Members will be exposed to environmental education activities, coordination of volunteers and event coordination through StreamTeam activities. Our goal for the AmeriCorps members serving at our site is to provide quality training on proven, successful riparian and wetland restoration techniques.

Stream Restoration Coordinators will have a unique opportunity to learn how to manage real-world salmon restoration projects (including site assessment with GPS equipment, planning with CAD programs and implementation). Coordinators will be exposed to a large variety of site conditions and restoration experiences ranging from 1 to 20 acres on small and large stream systems. Coordinators will also have a great deal of individual responsibility, including a member specialty (volunteer coordination, watershed education, Stream Stewards Program, nursery management, and water quality/survival monitoring) and logistical coordination of team members, volunteers, and work crews.

Positions start January 24, 2008. Benefits include a monthly stipend of $1,009 before taxes, health insurance, a $4,725 AmeriCorps education scholarship, loan forbearance, childcare allowance and many training opportunities.

For more information, contact Bob Stearns at bstearns@clarkpud.com or (360) 992-8576. Apply today!!
Monday, April 2nd, 2007
7:57 pm
On April 21 and 22, 2007 I will be joining hundreds of other
people to participate in the American Cancer Society
Relay For Life of UCLA.

Relay For Life is the American Cancer Societys national
signature activity where teams honor cancer survivors
and remember those who died from the disease while
taking turns walking/running around a track in the
hope that cancer will one day be eliminated.

The goal of Relay is to raise awareness about cancer related
issues while raising money to help fight the disease
through research, education, advocacy and services.

If it hasnt already, cancer will affect you or someone
you know. Will you help me take up the fight by making
a fully tax-deductible donation to the American Cancer

Thank you in advance for your support!

Life is not measured by the
number of breaths we take
but by the moments that
take our breath away.

You can donate on my page at:
Wednesday, March 14th, 2007
9:22 am
Americorps St. Louis
Hi everyone,

I was just offered a position as a member of the Emergency Response Team in Americorps St. Louis, and I was wondering if anyone else here has had any experience with that program, or another one like it somewhere else, or even if anyone just had advice about living in St. Louis, since I've lived in the Seattle, WA area all my life. I'll also be looking for a roommate(s) in St. Louis eventually (I'll be moving in September). Any advice?
Wednesday, December 27th, 2006
11:59 am
Need programming help!!!!

I am an AmeriCorps member and working with the Tulsa Housing Authority. During the day I tutor and mentor kids at one of the local elementary schools from 9am-2pm and I run an after school program for youth from 2pm-5pm. I work with low-income families and children in a project located in west Tulsa. They are considered "at-risk" youth. I work with all school age youth and am supposed to program for all ages. I am great with arts and crafts stuff, but I would like to do something that is TEACHING life/social skills to these kids. 

Ideas/Program/Activities I am looking for are in the areas of tolerance (race and sexuality, gender and class), social skills, hygiene, sexual responsibility, anger management, and anything else that will embetter these kids lives. I have limited resources, in that I have purchased some materials and books. What I need now are ideas of how to teach/incorporate these life lessons into activities/programs that the kids will not only sit through, but will get something out of. 


What have you/others done that has been successful?

Current Mood: anxious
Wednesday, August 9th, 2006
1:30 pm
Calling all college students!
Did you know that 89 million Americans volunteer?

Better yet, did you know that 46% of 18-24 year olds volunteer 3 or 4 hours a week?

It's true! This shows a dedication to volunteerism and political action beyond what students are generally known for.

This age group is the incoming generation of voters, policy makers and future leaders of America, and absolutely vital to the continuing success of volunteer service in their communities.

S.A.V.E. (Support American Volunteer Efforts) currently has a bill before Congress that if passed would grant up to $2,000 in a tax rebate to people who volunteer for nonprofit organizations.

The only way to pass this bill is to let Congress know that Americans support it!

Go to the S.A.V.E. website and vote for the S.A.V.E. bill! You could win a case of Annie's Macaroni and Cheese and also help make the S.A.V.E. bill a reality.

Wednesday, August 2nd, 2006
1:37 pm
Win a case of Annies Mac and Cheese!
Win a case of Annie’s Mac and Cheese

The person or organization that sends the most voters to S.A.V.E. each week wins a free case of Annies Macaroni and Cheese!

Andrew Martin, founding chairman and former president and CEO of Annies Macaroni and Cheese, is the author of the S.A.V.E. bill. This is his way of thanking you for supporting S.A.V.E!

Send your family and friends to vote at the S.A.V.E. website now!

Saturday, July 15th, 2006
6:08 pm
First Post
Hey there!!

My name is Chazz and I have just completed my first year of service with AmeriCorps. For the past year I have worked with AmeriCorps East St. Louis. This program primarily works in the schools of East St. Louis, Illinois. If you are not aware East St. Louis is one of the poorest cities in the nation.

On July 14th I reached my 1700 hours. We are having a graduation dinner on Wednesday and I am very much looking forward to it.

I have one question for the members of this community. When it comes to doing a second year of service do you think it is better to stay at the program where you performed your first year of service or have a variety? I am interviewing in two weeks for an AmeriCorps position with a local county health department. I have already been told that I am more than welcome to come back to AmeriCorps East St. Louis for a second year if I wish to.

I would like to know what you all think.

Making a Difference for America,


Current Mood: contemplative
Friday, July 14th, 2006
12:18 am
Eight days till I'm done with VISTA!

Question: Yesterday was payday (yay!) and since I'm so close to being done, I guess I got my final paychecks all together (which was roughly one paycheck + 3/4 of one). But...when do I receive my stipend? Does it get direct deposited? On my last day of service or something?

I can't believe this is over!
Wednesday, July 12th, 2006
2:10 pm
S.A.V.E (Support American Volunteer Efforts) is a nonprofit organization campaigning to pass bill HR4387, which is currently under review in the Ways & Means Committee of Congress.

If the bill were to be passed it would offer up to $2,000 per year in a tax rebate to every volunteer.

Volunteers are two a half times more likely to donate back to non-profits where they volunteer, and their communities. Rather than giving tax breaks to the wealthiest 1% of society this would help to put money back where it is sorely needed.

SAVE is a grass-roots organization. Our office has a staff of three full time employees and several volunteers. We're in the midst of a nation wide press release, selling the idea of SAVE to the media, non-profit and volunteer agencies around the country.

The only way to pass this bill is to let congress know that Americans support it.

Please check out our website: SAVE - Support American Volunteer Efforts

Tuesday, April 11th, 2006
3:13 pm
AmeriCorps Alums Week of Service
I just saw this on the AmeriCorps Alum newsletter

AmeriCorps Alums Week of Service
AmeriCorps Alums is announcing the week of May 27, 2006 - June 3, 2006 to be AmeriCorps Alums Week of Service in the Gulf! The week launches National Service Month of Service during the whole month of June! Service will focus on assisting the people of the Gulf region in their rebuilding efforts. As a means to highlight the continued impact of AmeriCorps alumni, we are calling on all Alums to deploy to the Gulf Region for this event. By attending, Alums from across the country can help show the country that Alums are dedicated to national service well beyond their AmeriCorps term. You will serve side by side alumni as well as current NCCC members who are serving the rest of their year in the Gulf. During the week of service, food, lodging, and all necessary equipment are provided at no cost to our members. Transportation assistance will be provided to AmeriCorps Alums groups of 10 or more. The efforts will focus on two sites- New Orleans, LA and Biloxi, MS.

To register, simply send an e-mail to your site choice and note the names of the persons in your party, arrival and departure information, and that you will be serving on behalf of AmeriCorps Alums. For New Orleans, email neworleans@lifetimeofservice.org. For Biloxi, email biloxi@lifetimeofservice.org
Saturday, April 1st, 2006
12:51 pm
Looking for an AmeriCorps Alums chapter in your area? Or just want to
stay connected on-line? Check out:


The web community has links to more than 50 active AmeriCorps Alums chapters, info on service opportunities (including Gulf Coast relief), networking events, job leads, professional development workshops, and a whole lot more.
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