Thank you for your interest in serving with the United Way of St. Joseph County AmeriCorps program!

AmeriCorps positions are available at several different agencies located in South Bend, IN. Following completion of your application, we will be in touch to schedule a phone interview. Those candidates who move on to the next stepill be invited to an in-person interview. Matches will be a collaborative process and offers of membership will be extended following the interviews.

Part time and full time placements are available.  


If you have questions, please contact:
Amber Werner
AmeriCorps Program Manager, United Way of St. Joseph County
(574) 232-8201 ext. 252
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IS AMERICORPS RIGHT FOR YOU?

What is your passion?
  • Helping your community move out of poverty?
  • Helping children get a strong start with early childhood education?
  • Empowering people through financial education?
What are you looking for?
  • An opportunity to develop new skills and gain experience?
  • Help paying for college or grad school?
  • A chance to really make a difference?
What is AmeriCorps?
  • AmeriCorps is a chance to apply your talents and ideals toward helping others and meeting critical needs in our community by serving at local social service organizations.
What are some of the benefits of being AmeriCorps member?
  • Gain new skills and experiences while helping others.
  • Receive a living allowance and if you qualify, healthcare and childcare benefits, too.
  • Earn money to pay for college, graduate school, or to pay back qualified student loans.

AmeriCorps opportunities are available right now and right here in South Bend!

 

For more information, click here.

To view the application, click here.

This program is available to all, without regard to race, color, national origin, disability, age, sex, political affiliation, or, in most instances, religion.

AmeriCorps Member Working with AIDS Ministries/AIDS Assist

 

Make a difference in your community by helping HIV+ individuals who are living in poverty.

Become an AmeriCorps Member and help HIV+ clients in our housing programs and living in poverty become self-sufficient.

 

Specific Duties

·         Prepare Housing Plans with clients

·         Work with clients on gaining income

·         Facilitate life skills classes including budgeting, bank accounts, billing paying, home upkeep, etc.

·         Work Maintain Client Files

 

Necessary Skills

·         Need to have great time management and organizational skills

·         Able to work with diverse populations

·         Ability to work as part of a team and individually

·         Interest in HIV/AIDS, Homeless, and Poverty issues

·         Background in housing a plus

 

AIDS Ministries/AIDS Assist will provide ongoing training to Members. Members will work in South Bend at 201 S William St.  

 

AIDS Ministries/AIDS Assist (AMAA) is a nonprofit agency assisting those that HIV+ as well as their affected others with case management, housing, financial assistance, pantry, substance abuse treatment, and other services as needed. AMAA also provides FREE HIV testing and education to the community. 

 

Our programs include Care Coordination where Care Coordinators assist clients with substance abuse, crisis prevention, as well as advocacy and referrals.  Areas of concern that are the main focus for clients and care coordinators can range from securing a home, income, or insurance to assistance with locating a doctor, medications, or other medical needs. Through this program clients are able to access the food pantry as well as emergency financial assistance.

 

In Housing we offer four different programs. The programs are income based and all clients must be living with HIV to qualify. Clients must also be homeless. Programs include permanent, transitional, rapid rehousing, and short term assistance. Clients in permanent and transitional programs must attend life skills classes if not employed.

 

AM/AA provides HIV/AIDS risk reduction educational sessions in the community. Topics include HIV/AIDS facts, prevention education (condom demonstration), and IDU and substance use risk reduction education. Free HIV Counseling, Testing, and Referral (CTR) services are also available.

 

AmeriCorps Members will serve full-time (1,700 hours) for one year with varying work hours. Benefits include a modest living allowance of $12,530, health insurance (optional), and an education award of $5,775 that may be used to pay back qualified student loans or attend an institution of higher education.

 

AIDS Ministries/AIDS Assist provides skills training, opportunities to build your resume and work portfolio, career counseling at the end of your service, and a staff mentor throughout the year to provide support and guidance.

 

AIDS Ministries/AIDS Assist and AmeriCorps are equal opportunity organizations.

 

AmeriCorps Member Working with Big Brothers Big Sisters of St. Joseph County

 

Make a difference in your community by helping young children facing adversity achieve educational success, higher aspirations, greater confidence and better relationships.

 

Become an AmeriCorps Member and help provide one-to-one mentoring services to children in need.

 

Specific Duties

·         Write and communicate with various mediums for media relations and volunteer recruitment

·         Utilize sales skills to recruit volunteer mentors

·         Assist with newsletter articles on recruitment events and match activities

·         Develop, promote and implement individual and group match activities to support ongoing volunteer involvement with the child

·         Craft, update and coordinate social media messaging

 

Necessary Skills

·         Ability to relate well to people and comfortable giving presentations to groups

·         Ability to work as part of a team and individually

·         Interest in child development issues

·         Background in marketing, recruitment, social media, writing a plus

 

Big Brothers Big Sisters will provide ongoing training to Members. Members will work in South Bend Indiana at 218 W. Washington Street, Suite 710, 46601.   Some travel necessary and must have own transportation.

Our mission is to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever.

 

Our vision is that all children achieve success in life.

 

Our Community Mentoring Program provides screened and trained volunteer mentors to children from single-parent families who are facing adversity.  This is a one-to-one mentoring program where volunteer visits with the child occur out in the community based on mutual interests.  Professional staff
provides the screening, training and match support to our volunteers and families.

One full-time position.

 

AmeriCorps Members will serve full-time (1,700 hours) for one year with varying work hours. Benefits include a modest living allowance of $12,530, health insurance (optional), and an education award of $5,775 that may be used to pay back qualified student loans or attend an institution of higher education.

 

AmeriCorps Members will serve half-time (900 hours) for one year with varying work hours. Benefits include a modest living allowance of $4,800 and an education award of $2,887.50 that may be used to pay back qualified student loans or attend an institution of higher education.

 

Big Brothers Big Sisters of St. Joseph County provides skills training, opportunities to build your resume and work portfolio, career counseling at the end of your service, and a staff mentor throughout the year to provide support and guidance.

 

Big Brothers Big Sisters of St. Joseph County and AmeriCorps are equal opportunity organizations.

 

 

AmeriCorps Member Working with Career Analysis Organization of America

Make a difference in your community by helping students between the ages of 14­24.

Become an AmeriCorps Member and help as an adjunct instructor.

 

Specific Duties

·         Teach daily, 2-3 hour classes for financial literacy and soft skills

·         Create dynamic and engaging learning environment

·         Motivate and encourage students to maximize their participation and learning in class

·         Create Business Contacts to promote internship opportunities

·         Adjust teaching style as needed based on students’ needs

·         Interact professionally with school administrators and parents

 

Necessary Skills

·         Strong instructional and classroom management skills

·         High level of personal organizational and planning skills

·         Strong work ethic

·         Sense of humor

·         Dependability

·         Quick learner

Educational Background and Work Experience

·         Grad student, recent grad or current undergrad (education or business fields preferred)

·         Prior teaching experience; working with kids preferred

·         Finance/business background helpful

 

Career Analysis Organization of America will provide ongoing training to Members. Members will work in South Bend at 3801 Crescent Circle, South Bend, IN 46628.   Include “some travel necessary, must have your own transportation” if appropriate.

  

Career Analysis Organization

Career Analysis Organization of America (CAOA) is a nonprofit organization that was founded in 2008. The high caliber programs through CAOA help bridge the gap between high school, college and the real world. This is accomplished by providing students with professional and personal developmental opportunities through financial education, leadership, mentoring and education. As a member of the National Career Development Association CAOA has been nominated for the 2011 Pepsi Refresh Project as well as the 2012 Chicago Innovation Award. We look forward to helping students in our community.

 

 We Make A Difference​                        

·         We keep high school students in school until they graduate.  When a high school student understands that the classes they are taking will lead them towards their future career goal they stay in school and get better grades.

·         Students have direction after high school.  They know their personal choices of either trade school, work, or college,

·         Students become successful adults.  Through our programs they have learned important life skills such as money management and business etiquette to be successful in the real world.

·         Our program unites each student with their passion.  Companies are happy that they have employees that want to be there because they are passionate about their career and not just about the paycheck.

AmeriCorps Members will serve full­time (1,700 hours) for one year with varying work hours. Benefits include a modest living allowance of $12,530, health insurance (optional), and an education award of $5,775 that may be used to pay back qualified student loans or attend an institution of higher education.

 

AmeriCorps Members will serve half­time (900 hours) for one year with varying work hours. Benefits include a modest living allowance of $4,800 and an education award of $2,887.50 that may be used to pay back qualified student loans or attend an institution of higher education.

 

Career Analysis Organization of America  provides skills training, opportunities to build your resume and work portfolio, career counseling at the end of your service, and a staff mentor throughout the year to provide support and guidance.

 

Career Analysis Organization of America and AmeriCorps are equal opportunity organizations.


 

AmeriCorps Member Working with Center for the Homeless

 

Make a difference in your community by helping homeless children and families.

Become an AmeriCorps Member and help establish early childhood enrichment opportunities for homeless families.

 

Specific Duties

·         Creates and maintains programs to benefit children, their families, and their broader support network

·         Directly observes children’s activities; participates in scheduled meetings with parents

·         Assists with establishing and nurturing a relationship between parents and the child development program which clearly acknowledges that parents/families are the most important influence on a child’s life

·         Other duties across the facility as assigned

Necessary Skills

·         Ability to assist in creating and maintaining an appropriate child development environment

·         Demonstrates problem-solving and problem-prevention skills

·         Works carefully and precisely with attention to detail

·         Ability to work as part of a team and individually

·         Interest in issues of homelessness, early childhood, and trauma informed care

·         Background in early childhood education a plus.

Center for the Homeless will provide ongoing training to Members. Members will work in South Bend, IN at 813 S. Michigan Street.   Must have a valid driver’s license and pass a background check.

 

For over 25 years, the Center for the Homeless has been a cornerstone resource organization in St. Joseph County. When its doors opened in 1988, the guests of the Center came from crises—men, women and children who had no permanent housing or were on the brink of losing their home. Our founders wondered if something more could be done for the disconnected and despairing poor they saw each day. They recognized that although they were meeting primary needs with food and shelter, nothing was being done to address the overarching issues that brought the same guests through their doors day after day, month after month.

 

Rallying the support of the entire community, the Center’s doors opened as a residential facility where the homeless could develop life-altering skills that would enable them to live self-sufficiently. Everything that occurs in the Center serves to further its mission, which is threefold: break the cycle of homelessness; bring together disparate groups so that each can discover the worth, dignity and potential of the other; and pioneer a service model worthy of replication.

 

Today the 200+ bed facility is at capacity every night of the year. Collectively, the Center has served more than 55,000 individuals, not only by providing them with a meal and a warm bed for the night but also by linking them up with the programs, agencies and people in our community who can help them break the cycle of homelessness. This nationally recognized model includes a full-range of services, including adult basic education, job training, medical and mental health treatment, addiction counseling and early childhood intervention services.

 

AmeriCorps Members will serve full-time (1,700 hours) for one year with varying work hours. Benefits include a modest living allowance of $12,530, and an education award of $5,775 that may be used to pay back qualified student loans or attend an institution of higher education.

 

Center for the Homeless provides skills training, opportunities to build your resume and work portfolio, career counseling at the end of your service, and a staff mentor throughout the year to provide support and guidance.

Center for the Homeless and AmeriCorps are equal opportunity organizations.

 

 


 

AmeriCorps Member Working with Elkhart and St. Joseph Counties Head Start Consortium

 

Make a difference in your community by helping Families and Children Birth to Age 5 in Head Start and Early Head Start Classrooms serving those who are in poverty or children with special needs.

 

Become an AmeriCorps Member and help work with teachers and social workers in a federally funded pre-k program.

 

Specific Duties

·         Help prepare the classroom environment for learning.

·         Assist children with food service such as learning how to open their lunches and milk cartons.

·         Assist children through-out the day with classroom tasks such as tooth brushing, bodily care, small group instruction and delivery the curriculum.

Necessary Skills

·         Be teachable

·         Work well with others

·         Ability to listen and follow directions.

·         Exhibit patience

·         Be organized

·         Ability to work as part of a team and individually

·         As there will be two to three staff people in the classroom, and also be responsible for a classroom of children along with the teaching teams

·         Interest in young children and family type of issues

·         Background in having raised your own children, PTA activities a plus. (church nursery schools,)

Elkhart and St. Joseph Counties Head Start Consortium will provide ongoing training to Members. Members will work the school that is closest to their home address.  

 

We serve children in 11 school corporations within Elkhart and St. Joseph Counties we have 32 Head Start Pre-k Classrooms, 13 Title I Pre-k Programs, 128 infants and toddlers children located within three sites. We provide services to families in poverty to assist them through education and training to build skills and be engaged parents through parent training.

 

We train our staff to become skilled observers, educators, and family support for our parents who enroll in the program.

 

AmeriCorps Members will serve full-time (1,700 hours) for one year with varying work hours. Benefits include a modest livingallowance of $12,530, health insurance (optional), and an education award of $5,775 that may be used to pay back qualified student loans or attend an institution of higher education.

 

AmeriCorps Members will serve half-time (900 hours) for one year with varying work hours. Benefits include a modest living allowance of $4,800 and an education award of $2,887.50 that may be used to pay back qualified student loans or attend an institution of higher education.

 

Elkhart and St. Joseph Counties Head Start Consortium provides skills training, opportunities to build your resume and work portfolio, career counseling atthe end of your service, and a staff mentor throughout the year to provide support and guidance.

 

Elkhart and St. Joseph Counties Head Start Consortium and AmeriCorps are equal opportunity organizations.

 

AmeriCorps Member Working with Hope Ministries

 

Make a difference in your community by helping children and families experiencing poverty and homelessness.  

Become an AmeriCorps Member and help children and families living at Hope Ministries build healthy, stable and hope-filled lives. 

 

Specific Duties

·         Assist teachers in the early childhood classroom

·         Assist case managers in a wide variety of services to children and families

·         Participate in the daily life of the Hope Ministries community

 

Necessary Skills

·         Ability to build relationships with people of diverse cultures and backgrounds

·         Ability to relate to and interact with children

·         Ability to work as part of a team and individually

·         Interest in working with children and with issue of poverty and homelessness

·         Background in education and/or early childhood development a plu

 

Hope Ministries will provide ongoing training to Members. Members will work in South Bend at 432 S. Lafayette Blvd. 

 

Hope Ministries is a Christ-centered community that seeks to help people heal, transform and thrive.

Hope serves families and individuals struggling with homelessness and poverty in St. Joseph County.  Hope provides immediate relief to people by meeting their basic needs of food, shelter and safety, and then engages them in relationships and programs that address the underlying trauma and brokenness that is at the root of their struggles. As people begin to heal and stabilize, Hope prepares people for stable and healthy futures through programs such as adult basic education, job training, medical and mental health treatment, addiction counseling, family services, and early childhood services.

 

AmeriCorps Members will serve full-time (1,700 hours) for one year with varying work hours. Benefits include a modest living allowance of $12,530, health insurance (optional), and an education award of $5,775 that may be used to pay back qualified student loans or attend an institution of higher education.

 

Hope Ministries provides skills training, opportunities to build your resume and work portfolio, career counseling at the end of your service, and a staff mentor throughout the year to provide support and guidance.

Hope Ministries and AmeriCorps are equal opportunity organizations.


 

AmeriCorps Member Working with: La Casa de Amistad

 

Make a difference in your community by helping: Latino and Immigrant Community.

 

Become an AmeriCorps Member and help organize and manage two of La Casa de Amistad’s programs, Crece Conmigo (2nd-6th graders) and Yo Puedo Leer (preschool).  This unique position requires lots of energy and involves working with children and youth between the ages of 6 and 9 years old while using organizational and creative skills. This position will include working alongside with Family Services Coordinator as well to help with outreach to parents and families of the youth in our programs. 

 

Specific Duties

·         Follow program curriculum and help coordinate daily activities and presentations

·         Provide community/parent workshops on topics that include: Powerschool, Job Applications, Job Search Skills, Social Media, etc.

·         Help with preparations and planning of activities for the youth programs (trips, art projects, etc.)

·         Some lifting is required

 

Necessary Skills

·         Well-developed organization skills with a solid orientation to detail

·         A self-starter with a strong desire to learn

·         Able to work with different ethnic groups

·         Must have own transportation and valid driver’s license

·         Creative, and able to keep up with active youth program participants.

·         Bilingual and Bicultural is strongly recommended but not required (Spanish/English)

 

Ability to work as part of a team and individually;

 

Interest in youth development, English language learners; and Background in immigration policy or educational policy a plus.

 

La Casa de Amistad will provide ongoing training to Members. Members will work in South Bend, IN at 746 S. Meade St. at our main facility.

 

La Casa de Amistad is a not-for-profit, charitable organization, which functions as a community center on the west side of South Bend.  It was founded in October 1973 as a youth outreach program in response to the many needs confronting Hispanic teenagers.  Founded by Fr. John Phalen, C.S.C., La Casa de Amistad offered various programs in an effort to assist Hispanic youth in self-acceptance and knowledge of the Hispanic culture of which they are a part.

 

AmeriCorps Members will serve full-time (1,700 hours) for one year with varying work hours. Benefits include a modest living allowance of $12,530, health insurance (optional), and an education award of $5,775 that may be used to pay back qualified student loans or attend an institution of higher education.

 

AmeriCorps Members will serve half-time (900 hours) for one year with varying work hours. Benefits include a modest living allowance of $4,800 and an education award of $2,887.50 that may be used to pay back qualified student loans or attend an institution of higher education.

 

La Casa de Amistad provides skills training, opportunities to build your resume and work portfolio, career counseling at the end of your service, and a staff mentor throughout the year to provide support and guidance.

La Casa de Amistad and AmeriCorps are equal opportunity organizations.

 

AmeriCorps Member Working with REAL Services Inc.

 

Make a difference in your community by helping reduce poverty by helping to educate client on financial literacy and money management.

 

Become an AmeriCorps Member and help REAL Services make an impact on the lives of low-income and senior families.

 

Specific Duties

·         Teach financial literacy to low-income families using a proven curriculum

·         Assist in improving and enhancing  methods of teaching financial literacy to children 

·         Help to develop and implement a financial literacy program for seniors volunteering for the Foster Grandparent Program

·         Assist families in developing a personal  spending plan

·         Assist in recruiting volunteers  for our programs

 

Necessary Skills

·         Basic understanding of f financial literacy with the ability and interest to learn more

·         Organizational  skills

·         Ability to work as part of a team

·         Ability to work independently with little supervision

·         Awareness of community resources

·         Interest in poverty issues

·         Good communication skills

·         Background in working with a diverse population a plus

 

REAL Services will provide ongoing training to Members. Members will work in South Bend at 1151 S. Michigan Street.   Some travel necessary within the county, must have your own transportation.  Some evening work for meetings and training sessions. 

 

REAL Services is a dually designated Community Action Agency and an Area Agency on Aging.   Our mission is to assist families in maintaining independence to the maximum degree possible and find meaning and satisfaction throughout their lives.   REAL Services has more than 20 distinct programs that support individuals and families to be as independent as possible.   Our programs address the needs of nutrition, self-sufficiency, safe housing, education and protection serving 30,000 people each year.

 

The Community Service programs work to empower families through support and education to break the cycle of dependence on public assistance programs.

 

Family Development Program.  The primary goal of this program is assisting families in becoming financially self-sufficient and free from entitlements and benefits.  Holistic case management is utilized to help clients identify personalized self-sufficiency goals, usually in job training and education.  While working towards the self-identified goals, the program offers other healthy family functioning skills.   

 

REAL Individual Development Account Program. An Individual Development Account is a matched savings program that helps income eligible participants to save money to buy a home, make home improvements, pursue higher education, or capitalize a small business, while encouraging regular savings patterns through monthly bank deposits.  The program also provides financial literacy and asset specific education.

 


 

Foster Grandparent Program. This intergenerational program provides an opportunity for low-income persons aged 55+ to give 1-on-1 support to at-risk, special, and exceptional needs children.  Foster Grandparents share their time and talents volunteering at assigned work sites such as: Head Start, Center for the Homeless, St. Margaret’s House, Logan Center, and various day care centers.

 

AmeriCorps Members will serve full-time (1,700 hours) for one year with varying work hours. Benefits offered by AmeriCorps include a modest living allowance of $12,530, health insurance (optional), and an education award of $5,775 that may be used to pay back qualified student loans or attend an institution of higher education.

 

REAL Services provides skills training, opportunities to build your resume and work portfolio, career counseling at the end of your service, and a staff mentor throughout the year to provide support and guidance.

 

REAL Services and AmeriCorps are equal opportunity organizations.

 


 

AmeriCorps Member Working with South Bend Heritage Foundation (SBH) as a Financial Empowerment Coach

 

Make a difference in your community by helping low and moderate income individuals and families to become financially empowered through education, action and connecting with community resources.

 

Become an AmeriCorps Member and help improve the financial future of households by providing high-quality, one-on-one financial education, counseling and coaching to individuals and families.  Assist low and moderate income consumers in seeking credit and money management counseling which include resolving clients’ budgeting, debt, expense, credit and savings goals.  Assistance and coaching includes address clients in person during one-on-one sessions, providing group education, or coaching over the phone and via email/online (if applicable).

 

Specific Duties

·         Research appropriate curriculum, tools and resources to implement a newly established financial empowerment program; Articulate the mission, objectives and programs of the organization

·         Assess client needs via financial health assessment and develop individual action plans with each client

·         Provide individualized financial counseling sessions in person, via telephone, or online

·         Make appropriate referrals and integrate other supports (i.e. public benefits, tax preparation, legal services) into counseling to achieve greater results

·         Collect, input, track and report client progress in a required client data management system

 

Necessary Skills

·         Be or become knowledgeable about credit, debt, and money management; savings and investment options and safe financial products and services; Possess and utilize excellent interpersonal skills, Be attentive to detail, Possess excellent working knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook; Be able to work independently

·         Ability to work as part of a team and individually;

·         Interest in social justice, economic empowerment, education, not for profit management, asset building, and access to resources; and

·         Background in finance, business administration, education/teaching, accounting and/or social services is a plus.

 

South Bend Heritage Foundation will provide ongoing training to Members. Members will work in South Bend, Indiana at 803 Lincolnway West, South Bend, IN 46616.   Position includes some travel necessary, to attend trainings, meetings with community organizations and businesses or clients; your own transportation is highly preferred, but not mandatory.

 

South Bend Heritage Foundation was established in 1974.  Our mission is to enhance the beauty and value of urban South Bend neighborhoods and empower residents, through collaboration, physical transformation, advocacy and education.  We embrace the retention and expansion of diverse urban neighborhoods that become choice places for people to live, work and play.  

 

SBH currently offers programs and activities in the areas of social justice; affordable housing; commercial real estate; education and promoting cultural awareness.  In the social justice arena, SBH is integral in the South Bend Group Violence Intervention (SBGVI) program and Red Ribbon Drug Prevention movement.  SBH recently developed 24 new homes in a cooperative model for low income families and continue to renovate and build new homes and apartments for families seeking affordable housing. SBH operates a literacy center for school aged children, and encourages local artists to demonstrate their skill in our art galleries.  SBH educates future homeowners about the home buying process and provides training to future neighborhood leaders. SBH develops and maintains commercial buildings so that women and minority owned businesses can gain access to affordable office and retail space.  South Bend Heritage builds strong neighborhoods.    Learn more at www.sbheritage.org @southbendheritage

 

AmeriCorps Members for South Bend Heritage will serve full-time (1,700 hours) for one year with varying work hours. Benefits include a modest living allowance of $12,530, health insurance (optional), and an education award of $5,775 that may be used to pay back qualified student loans or attend an institution of higher education.

 

South Bend Heritage Foundation provides skills training, opportunities to build your resume and work portfolio, career counseling at the end of your service, and a staff mentor throughout the year to provide support and guidance.

 

South Bend Heritage Foundation and AmeriCorps are equal opportunity organizations.

 


 

AmeriCorps Member Working with St. Margaret’s House (SMH)

 

Make a difference in your community by helping women and children who struggle with poverty.

 

Become an AmeriCorps Member and help work with the pre-school aged children of St. Margaret’s House to help them with early learning goals and the adult women to obtain financial literacy skills.  SMH welcomes between 4 and 10 preschoolers per day.  In the past year, St. Margaret’s House has worked to create school readiness activities for our preschool children.   We have begun using the Read Baby Read program.  Read Baby Read is a simple program that uses a 45 minute weekly (or daily) story-time, book logs, and a lending library of books for families to take home.  The Read Baby Read program provides a fun interactive story-time for preschool age children.  It also cultivates a love of reading and books in children and parents and models and provides tips for parents on reading aloud to children.  With the help of preschool teachers, we have also created small boxes with fun and learn activities that help the children learn letters, colors, shapes and simple words.   Our problem is that we have the intent and the infrastructure for early learning activities but we lack consistent help to carry out our vision.  The AmeriCorps Member would be that person.

 

As our children often leave soon after lunch, the AmeriCorps Member would be then free in the afternoon to work with adults with financial literacy.   In the fall, we intend to have a Certified Credit Counselor come and give some basic classes in financial literacy.  Then, she will teach our guests how to begin to repair their credit.  Each person will hopefully develop a plan to work on credit repair.  Our need is for someone to work individually with our guests as they take concrete steps outlined in their plans.  There will be others who will not want or need credit repair.  But, they will need help to write resumes and apply for jobs at our computer station.  They will need basic help in making a budget and learning basic banking rules for when they begin to receive a paycheck.  We have a staff person with a background in banking that can serve as a resource person for the AmeriCorps Member.

 

Specific Duties

·         Read to the preschoolers using the Read, Baby, Read method that will be taught to the AmeriCorps Member.

·         Work with the children using the preschool learning boxes.

·         Teach basic skills to preschoolers using coloring sheets, puzzles, blocks, etc.

·         Attend the Credit Counseling Classes that will be held in the fall at SMH.

·         Work one on one with guests as follow-up to the classes.

·         Assist with resume’ writing, and/or job readiness, basic budgeting and banking skills.

 

Necessary Skills

·         Ability to work with culturally and economically diverse women and children.

·         Desire to work with children.

·         Basic computer knowledge and ability.

·         Ability to write in a clear fashion.

·         Ability to work as part of a team and individually;

·         Interest in women’s issues; and

·         Background in Spanish language a plus, but not a requirement.

 

St. Margaret’s House will provide ongoing training to Members. Members will work in South Bend at 117 N. Lafayette Blvd.   Some travel necessary, must have your own transportation.

 

 

 

Brief agency overview.

Located in downtown South Bend, St. Margaret's House is a day center that improves the lives of women who struggle with economic poverty. Our mission is to provide a safe, hospitable place where women and children can access emergency services, discover their gifts, learn new skills and receive individualized attention that will help them to create better lives for themselves and their families.  SMH serves an average of 82 women and children each day. 

 

Brief overview of programs.  Emergency services:  We provide simple breakfast and a hot, hearty lunch each day.  We served 25,000 meals over the last year.  We also provide access to showers, clothing, toiletries, diapers, telephones and computers.  

 

Programs:  Parenting, Empowerment and self-esteem, Financial and economic stability, Health services and educational presentations, spirituality, art, job readiness, Steps for Success, Bridges out of Poverty, Silk Creations (learning the world of work through creation of art). We also have a Certified Mental Health Counselor on staff who does individual counseling.

 

1 Full-time volunteer is requested.

 

AmeriCorps Members will serve full-time (1,700 hours) for one year with varying work hours. Benefits include a modest living allowance of $12,530, health insurance (optional), and an education award of $5,775 that may be used to pay back qualified student loans or attend an institution of higher education.

 

AmeriCorps Members will serve half-time (900 hours) for one year with varying work hours.  Benefits include a modest living allowance of $4,800 and an education award of $2,887.50 that may be used to pay back qualified student loans or attend an institution of higher education.

 

St. Margaret’s House provides skills training, opportunities to build your resume and work portfolio, career counseling at the end of your service, and a staff mentor throughout the year to provide support and guidance.

St. Margaret’s House and AmeriCorps are equal opportunity organizations.


 

 

AmeriCorps Member working with Stone Soup Community

 

Make a difference in your community by helping to empower vulnerable members of St. Joseph County to become self-sufficient.

 

Become an AmeriCorps volunteer with Stone Soup Community who offers assistance to individuals and families facing a “crisis” with basic needs such as housing utilities, medication, job related issues and transportation.

 

Specific Duties

·         Client intake

·         Client consultation

·         Developing basic need action plan

·         Developing family development action plan

·         Follow up and documentation which, include data entry into specific programs that provide the funding source for assistance

 

Necessary Skills

·         Proficient in Microsoft word and excel spreadsheets

·         Ability to work as a team and individually

·         Knowledge in working with a vulnerable population in family and basic need issues

·         Background in public relations and case management a plus

 

Stone Soup Community will provide ongoing training to Members. Members will work South Bend at 1st United Methodist Church, 333 N. Main Street.

 

Stone Soup Community is a local non-profit agency which began in 2004. It is an agency   empowered to assist vulnerable individuals and families who are socially and economically disadvantaged to become self-sufficient.

 

We achieve this through emergency crisis assistance while implementing scientifically proven family development techniques. Our techniques enable these individuals and families to become cognizant of their abilities to live successfully on their own, to improve their family relationships, to increase their income, and to cultivate their level of comprehension in respect to creating and taking ownership of implementing their own life plan.

 

Some of the techniques used are deep listening skills which allow us to not only hear the initial crisis but to also detect various degrees of emotional frustration. This process often reveals deeper concealed issues not mentioned upon their initial call for help. Our staff, who are not only certified psychologists but also compassionate, are trained to discern cries for help through the observation of both visual and audio cues. Our intake method is geared toward fostering non-judgmental identification of characteristics associated with many events which could have lead the client to their current crisis. Staff and trained volunteers consult and share relevant information which assists with the development of individual action plans.

 

 

 

 


 

AmeriCorps Member Working with Hearing & Speech Center at United Health Services

 

Make a difference in your community by helping with pre literacy program with low income daycare participants.

 

Become an AmeriCorps Member and help with evidence based pre literacy curriculum for day care staff, children and their parents

 

Specific Duties

·         Prepare curriculum material

·         Assist with developmental, pre and post testing of participating children

·         Assist daycare staff with the implementation of the “Read and Learn with” Me program

·         Enter outcome data

·         Assist with any follow up required

 

Necessary Skills

·         Ability to work collaboratively in early childhood setting

·         Ability to work as part of a team and individually

·         Interest in early childhood education issues

·         Background in early education is a plus

 

The Hearing & Speech Center at United Health Services will provide ongoing training to Members. Members will work in Granger at 6910 North Main Street and on-site daycare or early childhood centers Travel is necessary and must have own transportation.

 

United Health Services hails from a long history based on activism, service and cooperation and is guided by two principles: to bring quality health support to people of North Central Indiana and to foster a spirit of cooperation wherein like-minded organizations could share facilities, staff and services to reduce operating costs in order to deliver vital health programs to the people they serve.  We operate under one roof, share one executive director and yet continue to provide a multitude of services that touches nearly every person in the community. 

 

Unlike other organizations, United Health Services was founded as a proactive and flexible model of non-profit programs.  This allows our programs and services to adapt over the years, just as the needs of people in the community change throughout the years. 

 

Currently, the programs under the umbrella of United Health Services include:

·         Breast Health Programs, which incorporates the Breast & Cervical Cancer Program fund

·         Community Services with All Deaf

·         Covering Kids & Families of North Central Indiana

·         Diabetes Resource Center

·         Hearing & Speech Center

·         Suicide Prevention Center

 

Each of the above programs fill a specific community need, however the overreaching mission is to provide the highest quality services to those in need, with humility, respect, and above all, compassion.  Annually, we touch the lives of over 4,500 people in our community, primarily the underserved and the underinsured. 

 

Hearing and Speech Center.  The Hearing and Speech Center offers diagnostic and clinical services to the general public in the areas of hearing, and speech/language disorders. Our audiologist specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of hearing loss in children and adults, including the fitting of hearing aids. Our speech-language pathologist specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of articulation, language, fluency, and voice disorders in children. Both our audiologist and speech-language pathologist have Masters Degrees, and hold Indiana licensure in their respective fields, along with the certificate of clinical competence from the professional organization, the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.   

 

In addition to the clients seen in our clinic, our staff annually screens over 1,000 preschool children in St. Joseph County (ages 2.5 through age 5) for speech/language delays and/or hearing problems. This program is based on the premise that early identification and intervention is important in the health and early development of young children.  Hearing abnormalities and or speech-language delays in young children can result in continued poor achievement in elementary school. Getting children ready for kindergarten is a widely accepted goal in our community.  The Hearing & Speech Center offers hearing and speech screenings and a pre-literacy reading curriculum to prepare children for kindergarten. While we screen county wide, we focus our efforts in high risk areas for our pre-literacy work.

 

In our clinics, speech-language therapy for children and audiological services for children and adults is provided on a fee-for-service basis.  Hearing aids are also offered for sale. We accept private insurance, cash payment and Medicaid.  It is important as a small non-profit, to take Medicaid patients as a service to our community.  In doing so, we have a disproportionate share of Medicaid patients.  This puts us at a financial disadvantage due to the low reimbursement rates.  While it is important to continue to accept Medicaid patients, it is extremely important to be able to provide our Medicaid community members with top notch audiology and speech-language services.

 

Prefer full time but will accommodate for a half time person.

 

AmeriCorps Members will serve full-time (1,700 hours) for one year with varying work hours. Benefits include a modest living allowance of $12,530, health insurance (optional), and an education award of $5,775 that may be used to pay back qualified student loans or attend an institution of higher education.

 

AmeriCorps Members will serve half-time (900 hours) for one year with varying work hours. Benefits include a modest living allowance of $4,800 and an education award of $2,887.50 that may be used to pay back qualified student loans or attend an institution of higher education.

 

Hearing & Speech Center at United Health Service provides skills training, opportunities to build your resume and work portfolio, career counseling at the end of your service, and a staff mentor throughout the year to provide support and guidance.

 

United Health Services and AmeriCorps are equal opportunity organizations.

 

 


 

AmeriCorps Member Working with United Religious Community of St. Joseph County, Inc.

 

Make a difference in your community by helping low-income adults and children.

 

Become an AmeriCorps Member and assist URC and partnering entities to improve capacity to access necessary emergency financial aid and longer term recovery for persons affected by poverty.

 

Specific Duties

1)      Provide case management services to clients requesting assistance from URC, to include:

a)      Interviewing and verification of needs

b)      Coordination of services

c)       Reporting as required

2)      Develop systems to better track client needs and available services

a)      Input data from client records

b)      Interpret data in ways to improve client access to services and geographic needs

3)      Develop, with URC staff, appropriate client outcomes for beneficiaries of services

4)      Assist with research and establishment of International Services organization’s development for South Bend Region

5)      Educate individuals and faith communities of the needs of low-income persons, providing needed data and methods for assistance

6)      Receive training to meet required AmeriCorps and organizational goals

 

Necessary Skills

1)      Ability to interview individuals in crisis to determine

2)      Ability to work as part of a team and individually;

3)      Interest in reduction of poverty issues; and

4)      Background in social work a plus.

5)      Bilingual skills, especially Spanish, a plus

6)      Background in technology a plus

 

United Religious Community of St. Joseph County will provide ongoing training to Members. Members will work in South Bend, 501 N. Main Street.  

 

Other Requirements: 

Local travel is necessary; AmeriCorps members must provide transportation

 

The URC is the region’s interfaith organization which:

·         Encourages interfaith communication and cooperation

·         Organizes the faith community to make positive social change

·         Advocates for and serves low-income families

URC provides the following services:

·         Advocacy Center (assistance to the area’s low income populations)

·         Interfaith programming, including Prayer Breakfast, training programs, and other services

·         International programming, including assistance with refugees and other immigrants

 

AmeriCorps Members will serve full-time (1,700 hours) for one year with varying work hours. Benefits include a modest living allowance of $12,530, health insurance (optional), and an education award of $5,775 that may be used to pay back qualified student loans or attend an institution of higher education.

 

URC provides skills training, opportunities to build your resume and work portfolio, career counseling at the end of your service, and a staff mentor throughout the year to provide support and guidance.

 

URC and AmeriCorps are equal opportunity organizations.

 

 


 

AmeriCorps Member Working with United Way of St. Joseph County

 

Make a difference in your community by helping to reduce poverty in St. Joseph County.

 

Want to make a difference in children’s lives? Enjoy working with children? Become an AmeriCorps Member and help low-income families access vital early learning programs for their children, and help recruit volunteers for important social causes in St. Joseph County.

 

Specific Duties

·         Engage with local professionals and experts in early childhood learning to develop new resource/educational materials for families with incoming kindergartners and younger children to improve access to high quality early learning programs.

·         Work with local school districts to plan and implement Kindergarten Readiness Camps for children and Born Learning Academies for parents. Duties include marketing (press releases and in-person meetings), publicity (photos, press releases, social media), processing supply orders, soliciting donated supplies, developing surveys (for participating families and staff), collecting program data and recruiting volunteers.

·         Participate in quarterly Early Learning Impact meetings with impact partners. Convene United Way funded agencies providing early childhood education services and experts in the field to develop best practices and new resources for programs.

·         Help manage United Way’s volunteer website and coordinate volunteer recruitment activities.

 

Necessary Skills

·         Excellent time management, organizational, oral and written communication skills.

·         Proficient in Microsoft Office.

·         Ability to work as part of a team and individually.

·         Enjoys working face to face with people.

·         Interested in early childhood education.

Preferred skills:

·         Experience using online database systems.

·         Bilingual (Spanish) not required but a plus.

·         Experience in early childhood education a plus.

 

United Way will provide ongoing training to Members. Members will work in South Bend at 3517 E. Jefferson Blvd.   Some travel is necessary, so you must have your own transportation.

 

Organization

United Way of St. Joseph County is a nonprofit organization dedicated to creating long-lasting change, ensuring all residents especially those living in poverty have access to the building blocks to a better life: early learning, youth success, and stable families. UWSJC develops community resources and partnerships that support a broad array of critical health and human service needs in our community.

 

Programs

Kindergarten Readiness Camps

Children who enter school with early skills, such as a basic knowledge of math and reading, are more likely than their peers to experience later academic success, attain higher levels of education, and secure employment.

United Way’s Kindergarten Readiness Camps are an effective intervention to impact school readiness and to set the stage for positive educational experiences for students and their families living in poverty.

 

The camps will be offered to incoming kindergartners who are at risk of falling behind their kindergarten classmates. At risk is defined as little to no prior pre-K experience, free/reduced lunch eligibility (low-income) and/or low assessment scores. The camps provide essential academic and social development skills so that children are ready to learn on the first day of school.

 

Born Learning

Research consistently shows that the first few years of life are critical to a child's development and learning starts long before school. Research also shows that children learn best through their everyday experiences with the people they love and trust, and when the learning is fun.

 

Inspired by the Harlem Children Zone’s "Baby College,” the Born Learning Academy teaches parents and caregivers of children (ages 0-5) how to turn everyday moments into learning opportunities. Its purpose is to make parents and caregivers aware of how young children learn, as well as teach easy, fun action steps that parents, grandparents and other caregivers can use every day as they interact with their children

 

AmeriCorps Members will serve full-time (1,700 hours) for one year with varying work hours. Benefits include a modest living allowance of $12,530, health insurance (optional), and an education award of $5,775 that may be used to pay back qualified student loans or attend an institution of higher education.

 

United Way provides skills training, opportunities to build your resume and work portfolio, career counseling at the end of your service, and a staff mentor throughout the year to provide support and guidance.

 

United Way and AmeriCorps are equal opportunity organizations.


 

AmeriCorps Member Working with United Way of St. Joseph County Financial Stability Programs

 

Make a difference in your community by helping- low/at risk to moderate income households become more financially literate, obtain local banking privileges, and increase Free-Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) to taxpayers qualifying for the Earned Income Tax Credit. Helping market the Team HEAT and Emergency Food and Shelter grant supportive services.

 

Become an AmeriCorps Member and help United Way of St Joseph County’s Financial Stability Programs to:

·         Assist to facilitate/staff 12 VITA sites and VITA training processes in St. Joseph County.  (St. Joseph County United Way provides VITA as a year round service.) 

·         Track BankON St. Joseph County outcomes, and assist community agencies and financial institutions to coordinate and schedule training and financial literacy sessions. This will include web updating and some marketing outreach.

·         Work with Financial Stability Staff and local organizations to distribute Team HEAT weatherization and marketing materials from mid-October thru April.

 

Specific Duties

·         Assist to facilitate/staff 12 VITA sites and VITA training processes in St. Joseph County

o   Site coordinator and set up

o   Volunteer and Taxpayer training, prep oversite and tracking forms 13206 & 7216 data

o   Tax Preparation

o   Marketing materials distribution

·         BankON St. Joseph County

o   Coordinate and track monthly financial education training sessions

o   Track Bank On outcomes

o   Update local web information

o   Marketing materials distribution

·         Team HEAT & Emergency Food and Shelter

o   Distribute weatherization materials

o   Marketing materials distribution for both grant opportunities

 

Necessary Skills

·         Proficient in Microsoft Office with strong Excel and computer skills

·         Good communication and verbal skills, with the ability to work with diverse populations

·         Ability to independently manage assignments , maintain data or project needs, and complete tasks

·         Accounting or business education or skills

·         Able to lift 40 lbs. carry and move items.

·         Work varied schedule i.e. VITA operates 6 days weekly and 2-3 and some evenings

·         Ability to travel to multiple community sites

·         Ability to work as part of a team and individually

·         Interest in

o   assisting low income

o   financial literacy and asset building

o   accounting

·         Background in Accounting or Business education or skills - a plus.

United Way of St. Joseph County will provide ongoing training to Members.  Members will be based in South Bend IN at 3517 E. Jefferson Blvd, 46615.  Note: Some travel necessary, must have your own transportation.

 

United Way of St. Joseph County is a nonprofit serving the community through facilitation and support of local programs that are collectively working to reduce poverty.

 

The Financial Stability Division at United Way of St. Joseph County has five critical initiatives that support hard working families in their work to achieve financial stability.  These initiatives work together to promote financial literacy, asset building, savings, credit repair, and family stability. 

 

·         CAN or the Community Access Network allows our clients in need of financial assistance to be assisted and supported at one stop vs multiple trips for assistance.  At a CAN agency a client who chooses to join the network, begins working with a Family Development case coordinator, can receive financial education, and begin setting goals and developing a plan to achieve those goals.

·         VITA or volunteer Income tax assistance provides most taxpayers at or below $62,000 to receive FREE tax preparation saving an average of $331 for assistance and using their refund for their family’s needs or save for the future.

·         Team HEAT (Home Energy Assistance Team) assists families from Nov.1-April1 to keep their heat on, paid monthly, and get financial education and assistance with a Family Development case coordinator.

·         Bank ON Northern IN is new to our area.  This initiative is designed to help the unbanked and underbanked in our community to leave the predatory cash only and check cashing sites, and to develop a banking relationship for free or little cost.

·         Emergency Food and Shelter Grant is an annual federal grant that targets emergency assistance.  It helps with rent/utilities, mass shelter and feeding, pantries and soup kitchens in our community.

 

Full Time requested or two half time AmeriCorps

 

AmeriCorps Members will serve full-time (1,700 hours) for one year with varying work hours. Benefits include a modest living allowance of $12,530, health insurance (optional), and an education award of $5,775 that may be used to pay back qualified student loans or attend an institution of higher education.

 

AmeriCorps Members will serve half-time (900 hours) for one year with varying work hours. Benefits include a modest living allowance of $4,800 and an education award of $2,887.50 that may be used to pay back qualified student loans or attend an institution of higher education.

 

United Way of St. Joseph County provides skills training, opportunities to build your resume and work portfolio, career counseling at the end of your service, and a staff mentor throughout the year to provide support and guidance.

 

United Way of St. Joseph County and AmeriCorps are equal opportunity organizations.

 

 


 

AmeriCorps Member Working with YWCA North Central Indiana

 

Make a difference in your community by helping at-risk children who have experience childhood trauma.

Become an AmeriCorps Member and help Provide safe quality childcare.  Plans and carry out childcare activities.

 

Specific Duties

·         Assures the safety, care, nurturing and comfort of children

·         Plans and carries out childcare activities and holiday celebrations

·         Assists children with physical and emotional needs

·         Helps children resolve conflicts

·         Maintains cleanliness and order of playroom for constructive play

·         Provides information to parents about childcare activities and the child's involvement and interaction

·         Maintains accurate attendance records and records for meals and snacks served in childcare

·         Attends all staff meetings and special training available for working with at-risk children

 

Necessary Skills

·         Ability to work safely and effectively with at-risk children of all ages

·         Ability to work as part of a team; ability to follow instructions and complete assignments; some knowledge of effects of domestic violence on children. Some knowledge of the effects of children growing up in chemically dependent household

·         Knowledge of conflict resolution techniques helpful

·         Must be certified in CPR and first aid during introductory period

·         Ability to work as part of a team and individually

·         Interest in children and early childhood development issues

·         Background in working with high risk children a plus

 

YWCA North Central Indiana will provide ongoing training to Members. Members will work in South Bend, Indiana at 1102 S. Fellows Street.  Must have your own transportation. On a bus line.

 

The YWCA provides services to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault; provides women’s substance use treatment allowing women to bring their children with them when they receive treatment; provides transitional housing for women and children, and provides self-sufficiency services. Over 1600 women and children a year receive services at this YWCA location.

 

Children services include children’s therapy; childcare for women in residence; preschool program; and children’s advocacy and information and referral to other appropriate community services.

Full-time.

 

AmeriCorps Members will serve full-time (1,700 hours) for one year with varying work hours. Benefits include a modest living allowance of $12,530, health insurance (optional), and an education award of $5,775 that may be used to pay back qualified student loans or attend an institution of higher education.

 

AmeriCorps Members will serve half-time (900 hours) for one year with varying work hours. Benefits include a modest living allowance of $4,800 and an education award of $2,887.50 that may be used to pay back qualified student loans or attend an institution of higher education.

 

YWCA North Central Indiana provides skills training, opportunities to build your resume and work portfolio, career counseling at the end of your service, and a staff mentor throughout the year to provide support and guidance.

 

YWCA North Central Indiana and AmeriCorps are equal opportunity organizations.

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