Host an AmeriCorps Member at Your Organization

The Pennsylvania Mountain Service Corps AmeriCorps program helps non-profit and government organizations fulfill and expand their critical missions by funding full or part-time AmeriCorps positions to serve in the areas of education, environment, or social services. For a minimal cost share, host an individual in a year of service to benefit your group’s efforts. Experience how an AmeriCorps commitment “gets things done.”

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I get an AmeriCorps member?
Generally in March or April of each year the PMSC opens the host site application process, and an online application is posted to our website. Organizations are invited to submit an application to host one or more members for the next AmeriCorps program year. Once the application deadline has passed, the PMSC will review all submissions and select and notify those organizations that will become a host site.

How much does it cost?
Our AmeriCorps grant will cover much of the cost of supporting a member; however, we are required to match our grant at a set percentage rate. Currently, the cash match for an organization to have a full time member is $7,800 plus in-kind support. The cash match for a part-time member is $4,500 plus in-kind support. You would be invoiced at the start of the program year for your cash-match amount.

What is in-kind?
In-kind is simply putting a dollar value to goods or services that you supply to help support a member. Examples would be: office space, computer usage, supervision. We ask you to submit an “in-kind” report to the PMSC periodically throughout the program year. In-kind helps to offset the cost of having a member as it is also used as match for the AmeriCorps grant.

What kinds of things can members do?
Members are to be engaged in direct service in the areas of education, environment, or social services. Some examples are:
school districts and cultural centers have AmeriCorps members tutoring, running after school programs, providing transitional services, arranging service learning activities, and providing educational enrichment activities. Conservation and redevelopment organizations have AmeriCorps members doing GIS mapping, work force development, water sampling, invasive species studies, and public land development. Human Needs organizations have AmeriCorps members, counseling, providing treatment plans, conducting prevention programming, and garnering volunteer services.Members may also do a limited amount of fundraising and grant writing.

How many members can I have?
Host site applicants can ask for as many positions as they want, however, the PMSC may not be able to grant your full request. Any requests that are not honored are placed on a waiting list and if an opening occurs, the request may be filled.

Will you find a member for me?
The PMSC does not “place” a person at your agency, but rather each agency will search out, interview, and select their own person to fill the AmeriCorps position. The PMSC will act as a clearinghouse for potential AmeriCorps members. Individuals interested in serving may complete an online application and then a database of the applicants will be made available to all organizations awarded a position. The PMSC will help you to recruit by advertising all open positions on our website under Service Positions, publishing general classified newspaper ads, purchasing billboards and by using other outreach tools. Applicants will also be encouraged to contact agencies with open positions if they are interested and qualified, to let you know they would like to be considered for an interview. While we do our best to help with recruitment, the most successful member – host matches occur from active agency recruiting.

What happens if I can’t find a qualified person for the position?
If you have done a thorough search and have not found a suitable candidate, the PMSC will do our best to help you find a match through our database of applicants. If all attempts have failed, the PMSC will place you on the waiting list and your agency will be contacted if an opening occurs later in the program year; this often buys a little time to help you find a match. Your agency may also opt to relinquish the position and perhaps apply again in the future. If the position was never filled, a full refund would be made on any payment of cash-match.

If the member quits, do I get a refund?
The PMSC will give an itemized refund for up to 150 days from the member’s start date. For example, if your member quits one month into the program, the PMSC will deduct out any stipends, healthcare expenses, etc. and return the balance of the cash-match to you.

When does the program start?
The host site application outlines several choices for terms of service. For example the choices may be:
August–August, August-June, or October-August. The host site selects the service term option that works best for the circumstances.

I missed the application deadline; can I still get a member?
Possibly. If you miss the initial deadline the PMSC would still accept your application to be placed on the waiting list. If an opening occurred during the program year it is possible that your agency could still receive a position. If no openings become available, you would automatically be placed on the mailing list and notified when the next application cycle was open.

Do I have to apply every year?
Yes, you must re-apply each year. Existing host organizations will receive an announcement signaling the opening of the next grant application cycle.

How are PennSERVE and Appalachia IU-8 involved?
PennSERVE, the Governor's Office of Citizen Service, is the administrator of the federal AmeriCorps funding for the state of Pennsylvania. Appalachia Intermediate Unit 8 applies for AmeriCorps funding through PennSERVE in order to operate this local AmeriCorps program, the Pennsylvania Mountain Service Corps.

Is this a VISTA position?
No. Pennsylvania Mountain Service Corps is an AmeriCorps State Program. AmeriCorps supports a broad range of programs, including VISTA, which engages thousands of Americans in intensive service to meet critical community needs. For more information on AmeriCorps, click here.

Are there any restrictions to who can serve as an AmeriCorps member?
To qualify for PMSC AmeriCorps service you must be a United States citizen, United States national or lawful permanent resident of the United States and be at least 17 years of age. Members must also provide criminal, childabuse and FBI clearances. A criminal history may barr service as governed by federal statutes and the PA. Department of Education.

PMSC/AmeriCorps 119 Park St. Ebensburg, PA 15931 tele:814-472-7690 fax:814-472-5033
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