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United Way of Wisconsin Connected Communities Intitiative AmeriCorps Program

United Way of Wisconsin’s (UWWi) Connected Communities Initiative AmeriCorps Program (CCI) aims to place 20 AmeriCorps members in rural and underserved communities throughout Wisconsin in order to increase access to health and human services, awareness of community resources, and utilization of 2-1-1. UWWi hopes to connect people in need to programs and services that have the potential to set in motion a positive chain reaction that results in greater financial stability and stronger communities. AmeriCorps members will provide the added capacity to small communities that is needed to reach more people and build awareness and support for this initiative. 

 

What is AmeriCorps?

Sample Member Activities

Benefits to Host Site

Requirements of Host Site

Questions

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What is AmeriCorps?

Commonly known as the domestic Peace Corps, AmeriCorps is a national service program governed by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) and administered by Serve Wisconsin. AmeriCorps strengthens communities by involving people in service to meet local challenges. AmeriCorps functions as a network of local, state and national service programs that engages Americans in intensive service to meet our country’s critical needs in education, public safety, health, the environment and human needs. AmeriCorps members serve with nonprofits, public agencies and faith-based and community organizations.

 

What a CCI AmeriCorps Member looks like:

  • Placed in a local United Way, 2-1-1 Regional Contact Center, or aligned community partner
  • Serves either full-time or part-time depending on organization’s capacity and community need

Sample Member Activities

UWWi will work with host sites to develop individualized member activities and position descriptions that reflect the unique needs of their communities. Position descriptions will also be required to include the following activities that reflect program-wide goals: 

 

Community Assessment

  • Assess community knowledge of available resources through surveys and community meetings
  • Compare available resources to 2-1-1 Database 
  • Identify gaps in services and possible partners to fill those gaps

2-1-1 Outreach 

  • Answer a limited number of calls at local 2-1-1 Regional Contact Centers 
  • Train the community on using 2-1-1, train 2-1-1 on better reaching the community
  • Connect community resources with 2-1-1 to keep database up-to-date
  • Increase public awareness and utilization of 2-1-1 and community resources through outreach and marketing

Professional Development

 

AmeriCorps are involved in a variety of opportunities throughout their year that encourage civic engagement, build leadership, and build personal and professional skills. Members will create a professional development plan, in conjunction with the host site supervisor and approved by the program director, that will build upon already established skills and hone new skills; attend member orientation, webinars, meetings, and trainings relevant to CCI service; take part in Corporation for National and Community Service sponsored National Days of Service.

 

Benefits to the Host Site Organization

  • One full-time, trained AmeriCorps member to serve at the host agency;
  • Assistance in recruiting and selecting the individual who will serve as an AmeriCorps member;
  • Training for AmeriCorps members and site supervisors;
  • The opportunity to increase your organizational capacity to address local needs;
  • Increased visibility and credibility in communities;
  • Enhanced partnerships with others involved in building healthier communities; and
  • Recognition by local, state, and national decision-makers for being part of a project that improves the lives of individuals in our communities. 

Requirements of the Host Site Organization

  • Host site must be a local United Way, 2-1-1 Regional Contact Center, or aligned community partner,
  • Host sites must be a non-profit, higher education institution, Indian tribe or state or local government;
  • Host sites must identify a host site supervisor for the AmeriCorps member. Host site supervisors must:

o   Be a full-time staff person and physically located in the same office as the AmeriCorps member

o   Meet with the member weekly and provide regular, adequate on-site supervision of the AmeriCorps member

o   Verify member timesheets on a semi-monthly basis by the required deadline

o   Provide support to complete the goals and objectives as defined by this program

o   Ensure the AmeriCorps member completes and submits reports

o   Attend the site supervisor orientation. The person attending must be the person responsible for overseeing the AmeriCorps member and regulations at your organization. All new and returning host site supervisors must attend the training.

o   Attend quarterly supervisor webinars

  • Provide the required host site match by the set deadline.
  • Provide required paperwork, including the Host Site Agreement, before set deadlines.
  • Provide mileage and meal reimbursement to the member for any travel on behalf of the host site
  • Provide other supervisory and resource support as necessary, including CCI and CNCS reporting requirements
  • Model a positive attitude about AmeriCorps and the requirements of the program
  • Communicate with the program director about program activities or any concerns related to or impacting the AmeriCorps member

Questions?

Contact Amber Middleton at United Way of Wisconsin, amiddleton@unitedwaywi.org

 

 

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