WHAT IS 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, the Cowlitz AmeriCorps Network offers opportunities for adults of all ages and backgrounds to serve through a network of partnerships with local non-profit organizations. Whether your service makes your community safer, gives a person a second chance, or helps a child in school, you’ll be getting things done through AmeriCorps!
The Cowlitz AmeriCorps Network addresses critical needs in Cowlitz County in a variety of ways:
Helping adults find a second chance at a drug-free life
Assisting families that have experienced physical abuse
Supporting children and adults with developmental disabilities reach their goals to live in the community
Aiding non-English speaking children and adults to find their way to appropriate services
Reaching out to homeless Veterans to obtain housing and employment
Mentoring children of all ages with academic needs
BENEFITS OF SERVICE
As an AmeriCorps member, you’ll gain new skills and experiences—and you’ll also find the tremendous satisfaction that comes from helping others while earning money for college or to pay for existing college loans!
ELIGIBILITY AND BENEFITS
AmeriCorps membership is open to U.S. citizens or lawful permanent residents 17 and older who have completed their GED or have received a high school diploma. Members serve an 11 month period from September through July each year. Upon successful completion of their service, members receive a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award of up to $5,920.00 to pay for college or graduate school or to pay back qualified student loans. During their service, members may be eligible to receive health coverage, and childcare benefits if you qualify along with student loan deferment. Members also receive a modest monthly living allowance during their service term.
WHERE COULD I SERVE?
Each year our host site list varies where our members complete their serve. Our current host sites are:
Children’s Discovery Museum Coweeman Middle School Cowlitz Juvenile Dept.
Ethnic Support Council Goodwill Work Opportunity Habitat for Humanity
Huntington Middle School Journey Christian School Kelso High School
Life Works Love Overwhelming Lower Columbia CAP
Lower Columbia College LCC Head Start Longview Parks and Rec
Lower Columbia School Gardens Pathways 2020 SHIBA Program at CAP
WSU Extension 4-H Youth Program Youth and Family Link
HOW DO I APPLY TO BECOME A MEMBER?
We are not currently accepting applications at this time. Applications are accepted in the spring of each year, with members starting service in September. We will update this page with application instructions when we open for registration in the spring of 2019. For more information, please call our office at 360-577-5859. You may also email Troy Packard for further information.