What is AmeriCorps?

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DURHAM HABITAT IS CURRENTLY RECRUITING AMERICORPS MEMBERS FOR THE 2019-2020 SERVICE YEAR! CLICK HERE FOR CURRENT OPENINGS. 

 

AmeriCorps is a network of national service programs, made up of three primary programs that each take a different approach to improving lives and fostering civic engagement. Members commit their time to address critical community needs like increasing academic achievement, mentoring youth, fighting poverty, sustaining national parks, preparing for disasters, and more.

AmeriCorps in Durham provides an opportunity for individuals to serve full-time with Habitat for Humanity to help meet the housing needs of communities and families.

Habitat for Humanity of Durham partners with the Corporation for National and Community Service to place AmeriCorps members with construction and office opportunities. AmeriCorps members serve in a variety of roles to help us operate more efficiently and effectively and serve more families.

What are the Benefits of Joining AmeriCorps?

In addition to the reward of serving to help meet the housing needs of Durham, the benefits of service include, but are not limited to:

  • Student loan deferment
  • Skills and training
  • Living allowance
  • Limited health benefit options
  • Education Award upon completion of service to help pay for college, graduate school, or vocational training, or to repay student loans
  • Career opportunities with leading employers from the private, public and nonprofit sectors

AmeriCorps members serve for approximately one year and receive a modest living allowance, healthcare, and an educational award at the completion of their service. Contact Laine at (919) 682-0516, ext. 121 with questions.

Habitat Success Stories

Lal is a Burmese refugee who came to Durham after stops in India and Thailand. Lal partnered with Habitat and the Durham Literacy Center to renovate a historic home in East Durham. “There is no more fear,” Lal said. “We won’t have to move again because the home belongs to us.”

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