The Together We Prepare AmeriCorps program, administered by the American Red Cross, utilizes AmeriCorps members to improve the capacity of communities to prepare for, respond to, and recover from disasters in locations across Michigan. In addition to preparedness education, members provide direct assistance to individuals experiencing disaster. AmeriCorps members are responsible for increasing the number of Michigan residents prepared for disasters both large and small. The members will also leverage an additional 400 volunteers who will be engaged in disaster preparedness, response and recovery.
As a Together We Prepare member, you will gain experience in presenting on disaster preparedness. Our members routinely go to schools, libraries, and other community centers & events to instruct others how to be prepared for emergencies. Under the preparedness umbrella, our members also participate with the Red Cross’ home fire campaign, which is where the Red Cross provides free smoke alarms to the community. Our members are trained to go into homes and install smoke alarms and instruct people how to prevent home fires and help them create a plan should a fire ever occur.
On the disaster response side of our program, members have the opportunity to deploy to both local and national disaster responses. Members are trained in casework, dispatch, sheltering, and disaster response. Locally, our members are most often responding to individuals who have recently experienced a home fire, and occasionally different emergencies that individuals need help to recover from as well. AmeriCorps members can meet with these individuals and provide them with resources that may help them recover from the event. Nationally, if there is a large-scale disaster, our members can deploy for 2 weeks to help with recovery efforts.
Ann Arbor, Detroit, Flint, Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo, Lansing,Traverse City
AmeriCorps engages more than 75,000 members in intensive service annually to serve through nonprofit, faith-based, and community organizations at 25,000 locations across the country. These members help communities tackle pressing problems while mobilizing millions of volunteers for the organizations they serve. Since 1994, more than 900,000 Americans have provided more than 1.2 billion hours of service to their communities and country through AmeriCorps.
AmeriCorps is a program of the Corporation for National and Community Service, a federal agency that engages more than 5 million Americans in service through its AmeriCorps, Senior Corps, Social Innovation Fund, and Volunteer Generation Fund programs, and leads the President's national call to service initiative, United We Serve.
An Education Award of $ 6,195.00 to repay qualified student loans or to pay for tuition will be available at the end of service period to members who fulfil service-hour requirements
Health insurance, childcare benefits, loan forbearance and interest repayment provided for those who qualify
Must pass local, state, and national FBI background and sex offender registry check
Must be U.S. citizen, national, or legal permanent resident of the United States
Full-time (35-40 hours per week): Members are required to complete 1,700 hours within an 11-month period. The hours are Monday through Friday 8:30 am – 5 pm, however, we do offer some flexibility and scheduling issues can be worked out with the site supervisor as necessary.
Day and evening hours necessary, with some weekend hours required