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Fight poverty. Find your path. Service year opportunity in Upstate, SC

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United Way of Greenville County

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Are you interested in making a difference in the community?
Are you able to commit yourself to a year of service helping others?
Join our AmeriCorps team!

Fight poverty and find your path on our team of 25 members across 4 counties in Upstate South Carolina. Our region is growing rapidly and is recognized with many accolades but that has not translated to improved conditions for low-income individuals & families. High unemployment and poverty rates contribute to food and housing crises alongside low financial literacy and limited access to reputable banking services. Our team members serve in partner organizations to overcome barriers, improve access, and create vibrant and equitable communities. The focus of our program is moving people who are in crisis and vulnerable toward safety, stability, and thriving.

AmeriCorps Members accomplish this by serving 1700 hours with a partner organization over the course of a service year. Our incoming team will serve from August 16, 2021 through July 31, 2022 beginning with a two-week orientation provided by program staff from United Way of Greenville County, our grant holder. Selected candidates will be matched with host organizations in a variety of positions available in Greenville, Laurens, Anderson, and Pickens counties.

This is a great opportunity for recent graduates, veterans, retirees, or anyone interested in starting a career in the nonprofit field. We are committed to increasing the diversity of our Corps and strongly encourage qualified individuals of all backgrounds to apply. If you have the desire to serve others and have skills or experience related to social services, human services, case management, or community organization, you would be a great fit for our program.

As an AmeriCorps Upstate member, you will be trained to provide financial stability programs and services to the community, including but not limited to:

  • Resource Navigation | Case management, crisis assistance, benefit applications through Thrive Hub, and connecting individuals and families with community resources
  • Financial Literacy | Teaching financial literacy to people individually or in a classroom setting
  • VITA: Volunteer Income Tax Assistance | Providing free tax preparation services in the community

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.

Benefits of a Service Year

Full-time members are eligible for a $15,100 living stipend (total amount, paid in part on bi-weekly basis), health coverage benefits, member assistance program, childcare benefits, and federal student loan forbearance during their term. Upon successful completion of a service term, members are eligible for payment of accrued interest on eligible federal loans, and a $6,345 education award toward continued education or student loan repayment. All members are provided with mileage reimbursement, skill building opportunities, and robust monthly professional development trainings.

How to Apply

Our application opens in the spring and stays open until all positions are filled or for one month after orientation, whichever occurs first. If our application is not currently open, send your résumé to us at: tinyurl.com/acupstateinterest

When the application is live, create an account on the nationwide MyAmeriCorps portal: https://my.americorps.gov/

  • Complete and save your common application
  • Submit your completed application to our specific listing (AmeriCorps Upstate) here: americorps.gov/mp/listing/viewListing.do?id=51075

For technical assistance, reach out to the National Service Hotline at 1-800-942-2677.

To learn more about our program, see our current partners, and find answers to FAQs,

visit our website americorpsupstate.org or reach out to staff at apply@americorpsupstate.org.

More opportunities with United Way of Greenville County

No additional volunteer opportunities at this time.

About United Way of Greenville County

Location:

105 Edinburgh Court, Greenville, SC 29607, US

Mission Statement

To provide leadership in uniting our community to improve people's lives and build a vital and caring community.

Description

United Way of Greenville County's work centers on two distinct, but equally important, strategic goals:

Helping People in Need Right Now through a commitment to supporting 92 essential local programs. Need has no sense of time or place. It comes in the middle of the night or at work and it is also something with deeper roots that affects generations. Reaching out to people who have immediate, basic needs--like a homeless family needing a meal--is vital. We will never walk away from that responsibility. Supporting programs that work within critical areas -- Nurturing Children, Strengthening Families, Improving Health, Guiding Youth and Helping in Times of Crisis--is the foundation for a caring community.

Helping to Eliminate Future Needs through a commitment to addressing the underlying causes of critical problems. For instance, what are the root causes that leave a family homeless? We are committed to investing more time and resources on these bigger challenges. United Way's community priorities cover key areas that we believe can most significantly change our community long term.

  • School Readiness: Young children must start school safe, healthy and ready to learn
  • High School Graduation: Youth must graduate from high school prepared for success
  • Financial Stability: Our citizens must be financially stable, with the ability to provide and care for themselves and their families

Improving these issues positively impacts all of us.

Crisis Support
Education & Literacy
Homeless & Housing

WHEN

We'll work with your schedule.

WHERE

United Way of Greenville County105 Edinburgh CourtGreenville, SC 29607

(34.84014,-82.36668)
 

SKILLS

  • Financial Literacy
  • ETC / Tax Assistance
  • Adult Education
  • Financial Service Assistance
  • Case Work / Management
  • Crisis Counseling

GOOD FOR

  • People 55+

REQUIREMENTS

  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • Hours vary by host site placement. Must serve 1700 hours over the course of the service year. Usually about 36 hours per week.
  • Have a high school diploma or equivalent Serve full-time (36-40 hours / week) to reach 1700 service hours by end of term Work directly with clients Pass three criminal history checks Attend orientation Be at least 18

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