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AmeriCorps Frequently Asked Questions

What is AmeriCorps?

AmeriCorps is the Corporation for National and Community Service’s initiative to provide service opportunities for people of all ages and backgrounds. Since the first AmeriCorps member was sworn in on September 12, 1994, Habitat for Humanity affiliates have hosted AmeriCorps members to engage community volunteers and build, rehab, and repair affordable housing.

Are the positions paid?

These service positions are not jobs; however, members receive a living allowance to help support accommodation and other living expenses. Those serving full year terms in 2017-18 will receive a $12,630 living allowance, which is paid on a bi-weekly basis.

What is a typical day like?

AmeriCorps members are paired with a supervisor, who they work directly with. Typical days start between 7:30-8:30am and run until 3:30-4:30pm, depending on the day and work that needs to be done. Supervisors set the tasks for the day and AmeriCorps members. Check out our "a day in the life" page for more >

Can I have a part-time job?

Yes! While you need commit to serving full-time and prioritize your AmeriCorps schedule, plenty of members hold part-time jobs in the evening or weekends. Some positions require occasional work outside of the regular hours, so you would just need to communicate with your supervisor ahead of time.

What if I can’t commit to the full term?

Occasionally, there are six-month and three-month positions available. Email americorpsprogram@tchabitat.org for more information or check back on our website.

How many AmeriCorps members serve with TCHFH each year?

The number varies, depending on the year; however, there are typically between 27-31 AmeriCorps members serving throughout the year.

What if I’m not from Minnesota? Do you accept out-of-state applicants?

Of course! To support out of state members, we offer an affordable housing option at the TCHFH 4-plex. There are ten rooms available and are on a first-come, first-served basis. Housing fee is $200/month and includes the cost of utilities and other expenses.

What does the selection process look like?
  1. Review the position description, benefits, and required qualifications.
  2. Email a copy of your resume to: americorpsprogram@tchabitat.org.
  3. After your resume has been reviewed, you will be contacted to participate in an interview.
  4. If you are successful in your Habitat interview, you will be invited to complete the AmeriCorps application.
  5. Once your AmeriCorps application and references have been reviewed, you will be offered a position if you are a good fit with the program.

Is there any time off during the term of service?

Yes, there is time built in for holidays, personal time off, and sick leave. For the full-year term, this works out to be approximately four weeks throughout the year.

Who would I be serving with?

Our AmeriCorps members engage with a wide variety of people, from all walks of life. Examples include: construction site supervisors, volunteers, donors, homebuyers, Board members, Habitat office staff, and the list goes on. If you enjoy meeting new people, AmeriCorps might be a great fit!

Where are most of the sites located?

We operate in the Twin Cities seven county metro area. Approximately half of our site are located in Minneapolis or St. Paul. Other sites are located in surrounding suburbs (e.g. Ramsey, Blaine, Hugo, and Bloomington).

What if I don’t have a car?

All Construction Volunteer Facilitators (which make up a majority of the AmeriCorps positions) are designated a Habitat for Humanity truck to use during their time of service.

Do I need to have construction experience?

No! While previous construction experience is helpful, it is not required. All members are given specialized training to learn construction skills.

What do AmeriCorps members do in the winter?

While the winter months are much slower than the summer, AmeriCorps members and their supervisors still work in the field. All exterior work is generally completed in the fall so members can focus on the interior. Every Wednesday in the winter there are also training days and opportunities to do service at other organizations around the Twin Cities.

How much does the week-long service trip cost?

Nothing! The annual service trip to one of our southern HFH affiliates is free for all AmeriCorps members. It is an opportunity to bond as a team, while giving back to our partners in other parts of the United States.

Any other questions?

Email americorpsprogram@tchabitat.org.

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