AmeriCorps St. Louis to Launch Career Corps in September — and Seeking Applications

Picture 1More stimulus-funded AmeriCorps members to hit the ground running.

A partnership between the Missouri Department of Economic Development and AmeriCorps St. Louis — with funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 — will put 32 AmeriCorps members on the ground throughout Missouri to assist job seekers visiting the state’s career centers.

According to the St. Louis Beacon, the AmeriCorps members will extend the human resource capacity of the job center staff by helping job seekers use computers to find online job boards and to create resumes. They may also offer workshops, hold mock interviews with job seekers, and hold career fairs.

From the position announcement, corps members will serve in teams of up to six members at Career Centers across the state of Missouri:

Members will provide one-on-one and small group support in accessing and entering information. In addition, members will provide one-on-one assistance in resume writing and interviewing skills.

Over the course of the 10.5 month term of service, in addition to their regular daily assignments, each team of Members will be expected to organize at least one community event (e.g. job fair), enlist creative resources in the community that results in expanding or enhancing the capacity of center staff (e.g. media), and engage a minimum of five additional volunteers (per team Member) who will contribute an average of 10 hours in a done-in-a-day or on-going service (e.g. job mentors for those recently released from prison and/or displaced workers who are beginning new careers).

Interested in applying to be part of Career Corps? Learn more and apply!

New, Stimulus-funded AmeriCorps Programs Getting Off the Ground

New short-term AmeriCorps programs, funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, are getting off the ground.

President Obama signed his stimulus bill, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, on February 17th, 2009. It included additional $201 million in funding for the Corporation for National and Community Service for AmeriCorps State and National, and AmeriCorps VISTA programs.

Funding has gone to existing programs to increase the number of open positions, and it’s also gone to organizations already running AmeriCorps programs, to create brand-new, short-term corps.

One example of a new stimulus-funded AmeriCorps program is the Oregon Community Action Corps — now accepting applications for 24 full-time AmeriCorps positions serving throughout the state of Oregon. OCAC will operate out of the American Red Cross Oregon Trail Chapter here in Portland, which also operates the state’s largest AmeriCorps State program, the Oregon State Service Corps and our largest VISTA program Clara Barton VISTA Corps (both are currently recruiting, also).

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National Service in the Stimulus Package

Friday, Nicola Goren of the Corporation for National and Community Service issued the following statement with details if what national service funding was slated for a vote Friday night in the final version of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

Dear Colleagues,

As we head into the President’s Day weekend, we wanted to give you a quick update on Congressional action on H.R. 1, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

This afternoon, the House approved the Conference Report on H.R. 1, and the Senate is planning to vote tonight. If the Senate approves the measure, it goes to President Obama for his signature.

The Conference Report contains $201 million for the Corporation for National and Community Service and its programs, with top line numbers as follows:

  • $89 million for AmeriCorps State and National
  • $65 million for AmeriCorps VISTA
  • $40 million for the National Service Trust
  • $6 million for information technology upgrades
  • $1 million for the Inspector General

The bill contains additional legislative language addressing the proposed use of these funds. You can read the bill language and joint explanatory statement of the managers by visiting the budget page of the Corporation’s website at http://www.nationalservice.gov.

We will be analyzing the legislation and OMB government-wide directions, and seeking public input, as we develop an operating plan for the use of these funds.

We will keep you posted on further developments.

In Service,

Nicola Goren
Acting CEO
Corporation for National and Community Service

Details of National Service Funding in the Senate’s Stimulus

Yesterday the Senate passed its version of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009; here are the details of funding for national service as detailed in their version.

Nicola Goren, Acting CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service, issued this update:

Dear Colleagues,

This afternoon the full Senate passed the American Recovery and
Investment Act by a 61 to 37 vote.  The Senate bill contains $201
million for the Corporation and its programs, broken down as follows:

$160 million for operating expenses, including:

  • Up to $65 million for AmeriCorps State and National grants
  • Not less than $65 million for AmeriCorps VISTA
  • Not less than $13 million for research related to volunteer service
  • $10 million for AmeriCorps NCCC
  • Not less than $6 million for upgrades to information technology
  • $1 million for State Commissions
  • $40 million for the National Service Trust
  • Requires submission of an operating plan prior to making any obligations.

The bill also includes $1 million for the Inspector General.  These provisions are the same as the original Senate bill, with the addition of Inspector General funding.  …Read the text of the legislation, click here or visit the Corporation‘s budget page.

The next step is for members of the House and Senate to meet in a
conference committee to work out differences between the measures, with
the aim of trying to complete work before President’s Day.  We will keep
you posted on further developments.

In Service,

Nicola Goren
Acting CEO
Corporation for National and Community Service

Read more about the version of the bill that passed the House of Representatives on January 29th.

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Senate Stimulus Deal Preserves National Service Funding

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Update 2/11: Senate passed their version of the stimulus with national service funding intact. Check out this post with the details.

According to CNN’s list of “what got cut” from the Senate’s compromise version of the stimulus package, national service funding to the Corporation for National and Community Service has been preserved.

Lawmakers vote on Tuesday on the compromise American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. Between now and then, of course, more cuts may be made to the proposed legislation — including cuts to additional national service funding.

See details on how national service faired in the House version that passed last week.

In the Senate’s version, billions were cut, but not the $160 million dollars proposed to fund 16,000 additional “stimulus” AmeriCorps members. Some senators had questioned the funding and included it in a list of “wasteful” items in the proposed package.

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Update: National Service Funding in the Stimulus Package

2/11/09: Check out this post about the Senate compromise version of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

1/29/09: The Acting CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) offers a legislative update.

But Steve Waldman takes issue with the details of the package.

Nicola Goren, the Acting CEO of CNCS, summarized details of the stimulus package — the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 — that passed in the House yesterday; and the version that is up for a vote in the Senate.

Regarding the House of Representatives, according to Goren:

Earlier tonight, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 1, their version of the bill, by a vote of 244-188. The legislation includes $200 million for the Corporation for National and Community Service. According to the House Committee Report, $160 million is provided for AmeriCorps State and National to expand “existing AmeriCorps grants” and $40 million is for the National Service Trust. The committee report cites the challenges facing the nonprofit sector and notes that “nonprofit organizations are also experiencing an increased number of applications for service opportunities and increased demand for services for vulnerable populations to meet critical needs” and suggests the funding would engage an estimated 16,000 more AmeriCorps members.

The bill contains additional legislative language addressing the proposed use of these funds. To read the bill language or committee report, visit the Library of Congress’s Thomas website at http://thomas.loc.gov/ and click on HR1: The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 . You can also get the report, the committee-passed version of the bill, and other information from the House Appropriations Committee website at http://appropriations.house.gov/.

And regarding the progress of the Senate’s version of the same bill:

Yesterday, the full Senate Appropriations Committee approved S. 336, its version of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. According to the committee report, the bill contains $200 million for the Corporation and its programs, broken down as follows:

  • $160 million for AmeriCorps, of which:
    • $65 million for AmeriCorps State and National grants
    • $65 million for AmeriCorps VISTA
    • $13 million for research related to volunteer service
    • $10 million for AmeriCorps NCCC
    • $6 million for upgrades to information technology
    • $1 million for State Commissions
  • $40 million for the National Service Trust

Additional language concerning the intended use of these funds is contained in the bill text and committee report. Both are available now on the Senate Appropriations Committee website at http://appropriations.senate.gov/. To view the bill text, click on Text of S336, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Plan. For the committee report, click on American Recovery and Reinvestment Plan Report.

The next step is for the full Senate to take up the legislation, which is expected to occur next week. Following Senate passage, the House and Senate will meet in a conference to work out differences between the measures. We will keep you posted on further developments.

To read about other potential funding for national service this year, check out the Serve America Act, and this New York Times editorial advocating for its passage.

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