Be AmeriCorps Volunteer & Help Make Houses More Energy Efficient!

The William J. Clinton Foundation has immediate openings for 12 AmeriCorps members to make energy efficient improvements for central Arkansas residents. These “green collar” members will start their service July 1, 2010, and, in addition to a modest monthly living allowance, successful completion of the term will earn the member an education award of $2,362 in only 6 months!

What is AmeriCorps? AmeriCorps is often referred to as “the domestic Peace Corps.” Both agencies are committed to service, and both offer challenging and rewarding opportunities. Peace Corps assignments are all overseas, and AmeriCorps members serve only in the US.

Will I get any training before I begin my 6 months of service? All new members will receive basic training in all types of power tools and weatherization practices. A one day volunteer service to the program is required prior to consideration to determine a candidate’s ability and eagerness to perform required tasks. Project specific training will satisfy all OSHA, EPA and HUD requirements for health (lead, asbestos, mold and combustion), job site (personal protective equipment, stairways and ladders, scaffolds, fall protection, electrical and fire prevention), and tool safety. Members who satisfy practical job skills tests will earn 7 skill specific certifications upon their completion.

What do I get paid? For all AmeriCorps programs, members receive a modest living allowance of $950 per month. You may not save much money during your 6 mo. of service, but most members find the living allowance to be adequate to cover their needs. In addition, all AmeriCorps members who complete their 900 hr term will receive an AmeriCorps Education Award of $2,362 . The education award may be used to pay for schools you currently attend, as well as past loans or future enrollment. Additionally, some colleges match the education award at various levels, including the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service, Henderson State University, and Southern Arkansas University in Magnolia. The education awards cannot be paid in cash.

Is AmeriCorps considered “a job”? No, AmeriCorps is a service program. Program managers will, however, provide job references for all members who complete the program with a good evaluation. Service starts in early on July 1st and the hours of service are Monday thru Thursday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Members must be able to show up for service by 7 a.m. at the Clinton Library each day. Transportation to/from the work site from that point will be provided.

Can I join if I’m not a U.S. citizen? You must be a U.S. citizen, national, or legal permanent resident alien of the U.S. to be an AmeriCorps member, AND must be at least 17 years old and must have a high school diploma or GED. Additionally, candidates must be able to pass a criminal background check and be willing to be drug tested. There is no age limit for AmeriCorps members.

What skills do I need to join the team? Applicants with construction and/or environmental backgrounds are preferred. Lacking that background, your motivation, commitment and ability to learn quickly will be the primary requirement. Members must be able to maneuver in attics and crawl spaces and climb up/down ladders as well as handle both hot and cold work environments.

So how can I apply? Please contact Tammy Agard at tagard@clintonfoundation.org or call (501) 366-5474.

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