Illinois Disaster Corps
During steady-state operations, members perform duties as community outreach liaisons and emergency preparedness educators, teaching Red Cross health, safety, and preparedness classes (including CPR and First Aid) to youth and adults in disaster vulnerable areas. Members also serve as caseworkers, assisting individuals in the recovery process post-disaster.
During disaster operations, members serve alongside Red Cross staff and volunteers as mass care providers and caseworkers to give immediate disaster relief services to communities in the event of local, state, or national disasters. When requested by the State of Illinois, members will set up and operate a volunteer reception center and donations management facility.
In partnership with local and state government entities, non-profit organizations, and other community-based organizations, Illinois Disaster Corps members will enable local volunteers to help their own communities recover after a disaster.
Due to the ever-changing nature of the disaster relief environment, members must be well-suited and willing to perform both in-person and digital-based service in support of various Red Cross disaster response operation needs. This includes willingness and availability to serve during weekdays and evening/overnight and/or weekend periods as needed.
There are currently positions available at offices across the state of Illinois for the 2020-2021 service year, including Moline, Springfield, Peoria, Bloomington, Romeoville, Quincy, and Rockford (with limited opportunities still available in Chicago). These opportunities will be served as half-time positions: 900 hours (38 to 40 hours per week) for 5.5 months.
Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis through March 31st, with terms of service starting in February; please apply now at http://bit.ly/3cFrlof
- Living allowance paid bi-weekly ($7,750 for new members).
- Segal AmeriCorps Education Award at completion of service, of $3,097.50 to be applied towards future educational expenses or qualifying federal loan balances. Those age 55 or older can transfer this award to a qualifying relative such as a child or grandchild.
- Health coverage if not already covered under another healthcare plan; childcare assistance if eligible (subject to household income requirements).
- Invaluable experience from a nationally and internationally respected organization for school, a future job, or a new career.
- Extensive training to springboard your career, or re-train for new opportunities in the emergency preparedness and management fields.
- Student loan forbearance (on qualifying federally-sponsored loans)
- Successfully serve in the position, meeting both the required hours per week and the corresponding minimum requirement for a half-time, 900-hour term.
- Be a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident.
- Must be 18 years of age at the start of date of service and must have completed a high school diploma or GED; a college degree or comparable professional experience is highly preferred.
- Have a valid Driver's License and clean driving record.
- Pass required criminal background checks.
- Members should also be comfortable working with a wide variety of people from all walks of life and backgrounds, and respect the American Red Cross fundamental principles.
- Must be well-suited and willing to serve in support of fast-paced, ever-changing disaster environments in both in-person and digital capacities, including service during evenings/overnights and weekends as needed.
- Ability to deploy on short notice in support of disaster relief operations across the state of Illinois, as needed, for periods of up to two weeks in length.
- More information about program requirements can be found on the MyAmeriCorps service posting at the application link, above.
PLEASE NOTE: AmeriCorps team position offers are contingent upon AmeriCorps funding notification.