National Service



AMERICORPS
AmeriCorps is an opportunity to make a big difference in your life and in the lives of those around you. It’s a chance to apply your skills and ideals toward helping others and meeting critical needs in the community.

Each year, AmeriCorps offers 75,000 opportunities for adults of all ages and backgrounds to serve through a network of partnerships with local and national nonprofit groups. Whether your service makes a community safer, gives a child a second chance, or helps protect the environment, you’ll be getting things done through AmeriCorps!

AmeriCorps members address critical needs in communities all across America. As an AmeriCorps member, you can:

  • Tutor and mentor disadvantaged youth
  • Fight illiteracy
  • Improve health services
  • Teach computer skills
  • Clean parks and streams
  • Manage or operate after-school programs
  • Help communities respond to disasters
  • Build organizational capacity

As an AmeriCorps member, you’ll gain new skills and experiences—and you’ll also find the tremendous satisfaction that comes from helping others. In addition, full-time members who complete their service earn a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award of $4,725 to pay for college, graduate school, or to pay back qualified student loans; members who serve part-time receive a partial Award. Some AmeriCorps members may also receive a modest living allowance during their term of service.


AMERICORPS VISTA
AmeriCorps VISTA is the national service program designed specifically to fight poverty. Founded as Volunteers in Service to America in 1965 and incorporated into the AmeriCorps network of programs in 1993, VISTA has been on the front lines in the fight against poverty in America for more than 40 years.

VISTA members commit to serve full-time for a year at a nonprofit organization or local government agency, working to fight illiteracy, improve health services, create businesses, strengthen community groups, and much more. With passion, commitment, and hard work, you’ll create or expand programs designed to bring individuals and communities out of poverty.

By serving through VISTA, you’ll gain new skills, friends, and experiences—plus you’ll get the satisfaction that comes from helping others. During your service, you’ll also receive a modest living allowance, health care, and other benefits. And, upon completing your service, you can choose to receive either an education award worth $4,725 to pay for college, or $1,200 in cash.


THE ROLE OF A NATIONAL SERVICE MEMBER AT BVCA PARTNERSHIP
AmeriCorps and AmeriCorps VISTA National Service members provide the human capitol to help build the capacity of BVCA to help people help themselves through direct and indirect service.

AmeriCorps VISTA members serving through BVCA recruit and train volunteers; write grant proposals; seek out sponsorships; establish partnerships with local businesses, churches, and schools; plan community meetings; promote BVCA through public relations.

AmeriCorps members serving through BVCA plan, implement, and secure resources needed to sustain, new and existing programming; recruit, screen, train, and manage volunteers working in youth programs. These national service members also provide direct services to the youth of Jefferson, Gage, and Saline counties. AmeriCorps members are charged with the task of providing a safe and supervised environment during after school and out of school time at the Fairbury Youth Involvement (FYI) Center in Jefferson County. Additionally, the FYI Center serves as the venue for AmeriCorps programming in the areas of Juvenile Diversion, mentoring, homework assistance, computer technology, health and fitness, service learning clubs, community service opportunities, and substance abuse prevention education for youth ages 5 through 18 years. AmeriCorps members also help to provide after school programming and out of school programming at the Beatrice YMCA, the Beatrice Teen Center, and the Blue River Child Development Center.

BVCA Partnership's local BVCA centers also host National Service members. These members work to recruit and train volunteers at food pantries and thrift stores.

For more information you can contact (402) 729-6510; visit the ServeNebraska website at http://www.serve.nebraska.gov; or visit the Corporation for National & Community Service website at: http://www.americorps.gov.

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