Longer Term Volunteer Opportunities

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AmeriCorps Service

AmeriCorps is a national service program that engages Americans of all ages and backgrounds in solving community problems.  Each year, AmeriCorps offers thousands of opportunities to serve through local and national nonprofit groups.  Apply your energy, ideals, and skills toward helping others and meeting critical needs in the community, while gaining valuable skills and earning great benefits.

AmeriCorps provides an opportunity for individuals to serve full-time with Habitat for Humanity to help meet the housing needs of communities and families throughout the United States.  The goal of the Habitat for Humanity National Service program is to help local Habitat affiliates operate more efficiently and effectively by maximizing existing volunteers, increasing capacity for new volunteers and most importantly, meeting the housing needs of communities by building more houses for low-income families. Beaches Habitat for Humanity is a proud host of National Service members for the last decade.  Affiliate needs are evaluated each year, with recruitment taking place in the spring and summer.

Check out the benefits of AmeriCorps service for all Habitat members and our AmeriCorps FAQs for more information about AmeriCorps service at Beaches Habitat.

Still have questions? Contact our AmeriCorps Host Site Manager, Sarah Jared, at (904) 595-5793 or volunteer@beacheshabitat.org.

International Internships

Beaches Habitat welcomes students from abroad to join our construction program for 8 to 10 weeks. Students volunteer alongside our staff, future homeowners and local volunteers to improve their hands-on construction skills and gain a better comprehension of the English language. Volunteer internships are available for up to 4 students per time period who are participating through a sponsored program.

Students will have the opportunity to work closely with a skilled construction team to gain a greater sense of responsibility, maturity, and self-confidence through interaction with Beaches Habitat's staff, volunteers and future homeoners. Students will be trained to successfully complete tasks associated with construction of new homes and repair or renovation of existing homes, developing competence in the use of construction tools and an understanding of safe construction practices. In addition, through interactions on the construction site, students will gain an awareness and appreciation of different cultures and have the opportunity to improve their English language skills.

Students interested in volunteering may submit an application for consideration. Applications may be submitted 3 to 6 months in advance of travel and will be considered on a first come, first served basis.

Construction Crew Leadership

Crew Leaders lead small groups of volunteers in construction tasks. They are skilled volunteers who have made an ongoing commitment to work with Beaches Habitat. Many begin as individual volunteers who develop their construction and leadership skills through continued participation in the building program.

Crew Leader responsibilities include:

  • Arriving on site 20 minutes prior to the start of construction to help with set up and to review task goals for the day.
  • Teaching other volunteers appropriate construction methods and techniques and overseeing their work.
  • Providing safety equipment necessary for the tasks and ensuring that it is used consistently and correctly.
  • Ensuring that volunteers are working in a safe and fun environment and are enjoying their experience.
  • Assisting volunteers in meeting the task goals for the day.
  • Following the guidance of the House Captain to ensure appropriate construction and safety standards are maintained.

To qualify to be a Crew Leader, volunteers should:

  • Be at least 18 years of age.
  • Volunteer consistently with Beaches Habitat for Humanity on site, at least twice per month for 4 to 6 months.
  • Have a recommendation from a member of the construction staff and receive approval from the construction department.

Benefits:

  • Priority scheduling
  • Beaches Habitat construction manual
  • Beaches Habitat "Crew Leader" hard hat

Already approved for leadership?

AmeriCorps FAQ

What is AmeriCorps?

AmeriCorps is a program of the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS).  In 1993, the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) was established to connect Americans of all ages and backgrounds with opportunities to give back to their communities and their nation. It merged the work and staffs of two predecessor agencies, ACTION and the Commission on National and Community Service. (nationalservice.gov)  The first AmeriCorps members began their service in 1994.

There are three programs under the umbrella of AmeriCorps:

How are the programs different?

 AmeriCorps State and NationalAmeriCorps VISTA
Service TypeDirect Service: directly work with volunteers and families on the construction site.Indirect Service: create infrastructure and set up programs/manuals; project-minded.
GoalsHelp build capacity: support more volunteers, build more homes.Help build programs and resources; create sustainable outcomes.
Term of Service10.5 month term and 1700 hours of service1 year of full time service

Do I need to have construction experience?

No, construction experience is not required for any of our AmeriCorps positions.  AmeriCorps members are not just on the construction site - we have positions in other areas, including education and volunteer services.

It’s great if you do have construction experience, especially with Beaches Habitat or another Habitat affiliate.  However, we consider all of your qualifications when making our candidate selections.

What benefits do AmeriCorps members receive?

  • Modest living allowance;
  • Free housing in a Beaches Habitat property shared by members while in service; housing benefit includes:
    • rent;
    • utilities (water, electricity, sewer);
    • WiFi;
    • basic furniture and cooking supplies;
    • smart TV;
    • shared washer and dryer;
  • Tool belt and basic hand tools for construction members;
  • Basic health insurance for National membershealth care options for VISTA members;
  • Worker’s compensation insurance;
  • Training specific to service activities;
  • Childcare for eligible members;
  • Student loan forbearance for qualifying loans while in service;
  • Eli Segal Education Award upon successful completion of service term.

What housing is available?

Beaches Habitat owns four modest 2-bedroom, 1-bathroom apartments in the vicinity of our administrative office.  The apartments have basic furniture, including kitchen equipment, and access to a washer and dryer.  Beaches Habitat covers the cost of rent, water, electricity and WiFi. Members are responsible for maintaining the interior and exterior of the apartments, including lawn care. Apartments are limited to use by Beaches Habitat AmeriCorps members only, during their term of service. Due to space limitations, we cannot accommodate spouses, children and/or other family members nor can we provide housing assistance if you do not use Beaches Habitat’s housing.

Do I get time off?

AmeriCorps members observe the same holidays as Beaches Habitat staff.  Members also have leave time for vacation and/or illness.

How often do I get paid?

AmeriCorps members receive their living allowance bi-weekly.  Please be advised that, when starting service, processing can delay the first living allowance check up to a month.  Members should plan for the delay when considering the financial implications of AmeriCorps service.

How do I become an AmeriCorps member at Beaches Habitat?

There is a mutual selection process for AmeriCorps members.  Candidates apply by submitting their resume and a motivational statement. Applications are reviewed by Beaches Habitat staff.  Candidates will be contacted to begin a selection process that typically includes 2 telephone interviews.  Qualified candidates may then be conditionally offered a position by Habitat for Humanity National Service and have the opportunity to accept or decline.

All offers for AmeriCorps service are dependent on members passing a background screening and completing the application for AmeriCorps service through the My AmeriCorps portal, including references.

If I am selected, when do I start?

Pending confirmation of funding, AmeriCorps members typically begin service in late August.  Specific start dates will be discussed during the application process.

Do I need to have a car?

It depends on your position.  Construction Crew Leaders are required to have a car for transportation to and from the office and sites.  A valid driver’s license and a good driving record are required for all members.  Public transportation is limited in the area around our office, so having a car is a good idea.

If I’m using my own car, will I be reimbursed?

AmeriCorps members are eligible for reimbursement of approved service related expenses, including mileage, according to Beaches Habitat’s policy.

What is the area like?  What is there to do?

Beaches Habitat’s offices and AmeriCorps housing are located in Atlantic Beach, FL.  We are a coastal town, so the biggest attraction is the beach!  The apartments are within a few miles of several beach accesses.  The area also has many parks, including those with hiking trails, kayak launches and other amenities.  We’re close to the city of Jacksonville, which has several minor league sports teams as well as the Jacksonville Jaguars.  Here links to several sites with more local information: