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UWPC AmeriCorps program seeks members and host sites

United Way of Porter County AmeriCorps program seeks AmeriCorps members and host sites

Valparaiso, IN – United Way of Porter County AmeriCorps program is seeking members and full-time host sites for their 2016-17 program year.

AmeriCorps provides the opportunity to get things done in Northwest Indiana. AmeriCorps members gain new skills and experiences while meeting critical needs in Lake, Porter, LaPorte and Marshall Counties. AmeriCorps members serve as K-12 tutors in area schools, high school career advisors and non-profit capacity builders.

“These opportunities are ideal for individuals looking to make a big impact,” said Kim Olesker, president & CEO of United Way of Porter County. “AmeriCorps members serve in a variety of capacities that support community programs that could not be done without them.”

The program runs from September through June or July depending upon placement. Applicants must be 18 years or older and a U.S. Citizen or permanent resident. There is no upper age limit and all ages are encouraged to apply. Full-time, part-time and minimum-time positions are available. Full-time AmeriCorps members receive a stipend up to $12,530 and a $5,775 education award. Part-time AmeriCorps members receive a stipend up to $6,050 and a $2,887 education award. Minimum-time AmeriCorps members receive a $2,000 stipend and a $1,222 education award. The education award can be used to pay for current and/or future educational expenses or to pay back qualified student loan debt. AmeriCorps members with qualifying student loans are eligible for student loan deferment during their term of service.

Nonprofit organizations interested in becoming a full-time host site must provide a 40 hour a week placement. There is agency cost share for each AmeriCorps member placement.

To apply to become a member or host site, contact United Way of Porter County AmeriCorps Program Director, Christine Rumbaugh, at (219) 464-3583 or christine@unitedwaypc.org. To learn more, visit UnitedWayPC.org/AmeriCorps.

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