What is AmeriCorps?
Commonly known as the “Domestic Peace Corps,” AmeriCorps is a national service program governed by a federal agency – the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) – and administered in Indiana by Serve Indiana. AmeriCorps is a network of local, state, and national service programs that connects Americans in intensive service to meet our country’s critical needs in education, public safety, health, and the environment. AmeriCorps members serve with nonprofits, public agencies, and faith-based and community organizations. Since 1994, AmeriCorps state members have provided needed assistance to millions of Americans across the nation.
United Against Opioid Abuse
IUW’s United Against Opioid Abuse AmeriCorps program places members at local United Ways across Indiana to serve directly in their local communities, listening to community members and local stakeholders, as well as gathering research on the opioid issue.
United Ways in Indiana are new to the issue of the opioid epidemic, but are known for engaging communities and mobilizing resources to fight for basic human needs. The United Against Opioid Abuse AmeriCorps program utilizes AmeriCorps members to assist United Ways and other community organizations in:
a. Conducting a landscape scan about how their community is experiencing the opioid problem;
b. Developing an asset map to help leaders look at community resources systemically;
c. Engaging the community as part of the solution.
This work supports existing coalitions currently working on prevention and response to problematic opioid use.
There are currently ten members at nine local United Ways across Indiana serving the following counties: Clinton, Jackson, Howard, Madison, Montgomery, Porter, Vanderburgh, and Vigo/Sullivan. Members will serve until August 15th, 2018 and a total of either 1700 or 900 hours.
Many of the members spend their days gathering research on the opioid issue and mapping assets in their community, attending local coalition and stakeholder meetings, and planning and conducting conversations with the community about opioid use.
Who can apply?
- 18 years of age at commencement of service.
- US Citizens, US nationals, or lawful permanent resident aliens of the US.
- Have a high school diploma or an equivalency certificate (or agrees to obtain a high school diploma or its equivalency)
How do I apply?
Benefits of Service
As an AmeriCorps member with United Against Opioid Abuse, you will develop new skills and gain new experiences. You will also realize the personal and professional satisfaction of helping others and your local community. Full-time members who complete who complete their service earn a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award to pay for college, graduate school, or to pay back qualified student loans. Members who serve part-time receive a partial award. AmeriCorps members also receive a modest living allowance during their term of service. Loan forbearance is also available to AmeriCorps members during their term of service. Childcare and healthcare benefits are available for full-time 1700 hour positions.
This material is based upon work supported by the Corporation for National and Community Service under AmeriCorps Grant No. 15AFHIN0010010. Opinions or points of view expressed in this document are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the official position of, or a position that is endorsed by, the Corporation or the AmeriCorps program.