What is AmeriCorps? AmeriCorps is the national service program that provides thousands of dedicated Americans of all ages and backgrounds with education awards in exchange for a year or two of community service. AmeriCorps members help meet the nation’s critical needs in the areas of public safety, education, human needs and the environment.
What is LifeBridge AmeriCorps? LifeBridge AmeriCorps is a statewide full time AmeriCorps program that seeks to improve school readiness, academic achievement, job readiness assistance, financial literacy services, long term hunger alleviation, and community service projects in sites throughout West Virginia. Members provide service through school systems and non-profit organizations while increasing community involvement opportunities.
What is LifeBridge Vet Corps? LifeBridge Vet Corp addresses the Veteran and Employment /Opportunity areas and engages military veterans in national service to provide peer mentoring, employment and skills training, information and referral services, and financial literacy services and supports to military veterans and other adults who are currently experiencing homelessness or who are at risk of becoming homeless. The goal of the program is to provide comprehensive direct services to individuals who are transitioning from homelessness to permanent housing so that they can support themselves and avoid becoming homeless again in the future.
What do LifeBridge AmeriCorps members do? AmeriCorps is part of a tradition of service, and it represents America at its best. AmeriCorps members make a lasting difference while promoting the values of community, responsibility, and opportunity. AmeriCorps members provide education service, mentoring services, job readiness services, financial literacy services and hunger alleviation/nutrition services. Each member will also recruit community volunteers, provide emergency assistance and help to meet community needs through service projects.
What do LifeBridge AmeriCorps members receive? AmeriCorps members receive a modest living allowance ($12,100 annually) and health coverage while participating in the program. For those who qualify, a child care allowance is available. After completing a year of service (at minimum of 1,700 hours). Members receive an education award of $5645. This award can be used to help pay off student loans or to finance college, graduate school, or vocational training. Beyond these benefits, members will learn new skills, take on new responsibilities, and know the satisfaction of building a community and helping our nation be everything it ought to be.