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What is Americorps

AmeriCorps is a network of local, state, and national service programs that engages more than 80,000 Americans each year in intensive service to meet our country’s critical needs in areas such as disaster services, education, healthy futures, and environmental stewardship. AmeriCorps members make our communities safer, stronger, healthier, and improve the lives of our most vulnerable citizens.

AmeriCorps members serve with more than 15,000 nonprofits, public agencies, and faith-based and community organizations to help them accomplish more and make more effective use of volunteers. Since 1994, more than 775,000 men and women have provided needed assistance to millions of Americans across the nation through their AmeriCorps service. AmeriCorps “members” serve one or two years of service and are provided a living stipend, health insurance (for full-time members only), a substantial educational award, and compensation for child care (if eligible).

How will local health agencies benefit?

The Illinois Public Health AmeriCorps Program offers local health agencies an opportunity to place one or more AmeriCorps members in their organization. This is an excellent opportunity to get a full-time skilled, motivated member to serve at your facility for a fraction of the cost of adding an agency staff person. These individuals are recruited by the Association, in consultation with each local health agency, from universities, community colleges, retirees and other local, state and nationwide sources.

The AmeriCorps members help meet locally identified needs through community service in three focus areas: 1) health promotion and outreach for youth programs; 2) outreach activities for local programs serving women, children and families; and 3) volunteer coordination and assistance with community preparedness plans for bioterrorism. The Association works with each participating health agency on an individual basis to explore and determine an agreed upon set of activities that the member will perform to best fit your agency and community needs.

In addition, the Illinois Public Health AmeriCorps Program serves as a valuable link in building a strong public health workforce in Illinois - a core component of the Association’s mission. This opportunity to mentor individuals into the field of public health and human services is a logical and appropriate role for the Association. Members recruited for the program receive extensive orientation, mentoring, and guidance in exploring the public health field as a career – and potentially working in your community!

In difficult fiscal times, this could be an excellent way to strengthen your staff, offer a training employment opportunity for your community, and support public health workforce development!

What is the role of IPHA?

The Illinois Public Health Association, as the management agent, provides support for training, management of volunteers, fiscal oversight, payroll, health insurance, and all administrative functions for the AmeriCorps members. Members are paid a monthly stipend, including all fringe benefits. IPHA also provides a full-time Coordinator who is responsible for coordinating all training and orientation events, monitoring the AmeriCorps members’ activities, serving as a public health mentor, submitting reports to the state and federal government, and assuring that all members meet the requirements for training and development.

How much is the local health agency’s investment?

The investment of your local health agency for each member for the 3 month Summer service term is $3,000 plus monthly in-kind supervisory hours totaling at least $500.00 in value. The investment for each member for the full-time, 11 month term of service is $10,100 plus monthly in-kind supervisory hours totaling at least $3,200.00 in value. The total cost to the program, including health insurance, workers compensation, fringe, salary, and training is over $20,000 per member for the 11 month term.

How can I learn more about hosting an AmeriCorps member at my agency?

Contact:

Jennifer Hopper
AmeriCorps Program Coordinator
Illinois Public Health Association
223 South Third Street
Springfield, IL 62701
Phone: (217) 522-5687
Fax: (217) 522-5689
Email: jhopper@ipha.com