AmeriCorps provides an opportunity for individuals to serve with Habitat for Humanity to help meet the housing needs of communities and families throughout the United States.
AmeriCorps members serve in a variety of roles within Habitat. Whether they are engaging communities, building homes, leading volunteers, raising resources or developing new programs, AmeriCorps members help Habitat affiliates operate more efficiently and effectively. Most importantly, members help us to serve more families.
Habitat for Humanity International was one of the first nonprofits to become a partner when AmeriCorps was formed in 1994. Since then, more than 7,000 Habitat AmeriCorps members have performed over 12 million hours of service, and:
HFH of Northern Ocean – National – Construction Crew Leader
Serve, learn, lead and explore at the beautiful New Jersey Shore! Northern Ocean Habitat for Humanity believes that you as an AmeriCorps member will play an integral role in providing leadership on our project sites, engaging volunteers to become champions for our mission, and creating new tools and systems to build capacity. As an AmeriCorps member, you will gain insight to the inner workings of a non-profit organization and gain hands-on experience in leadership, community development, volunteer management, construction, and advocacy. Northern Ocean Habitat for Humanity is very connected in local, state, and national community housing advocacy work, and is excited to have the AmeriCorps member play a role in advancing the awareness and mission of Northern Ocean Habitat for Humanity by educating the community about AmeriCorps, the benefits of affordable housing, the work Northern Ocean Habitat is doing in the community, and the community’s need. Benefits beyond the AmeriCorps living allowance and education award include free tools being provided, living close to the beach, and being located just an hour from New York City, Philadelphia, and Atlantic City. Should the member be interested in participating in a Global Village trip to Guatamala with the host site staff in 2019, we may be able to provide partial funding for his or her participation (note: AmeriCorps members do not get service hours for Global Village trips). In your off hours, enjoy funnel cake and pizza on the Seaside Heights and Point Pleasant Boardwalk, hike through Cattus Island State Park, swim in the Atlantic Ocean, ride the tallest roller coaster in the world at Six Flags Great Adventure, and bike ride through Island Beach State Park. Join our Habitat family and form lasting relationships, while creating affordable housing solutions with hard-working families in Northern Ocean County. Visit our website!
Construction Crew Leader
The member serving in this role will help to provide a necessary boost to our affiliate team as we strive to significantly increase the number of families our affiliate is able to serve through our Neighborhood Revitalization projects, which include our New Build Program, A Brush With Kindness (ABWK) program, Critical Home Repair (CHR) Program, Aging in Place (AIP), and weatherization projects. The Construction Crew Leader will provide leadership to volunteers, homeowners, campus chapter students, and persons performing sweat equity at Northern Ocean Habitat construction sites. The Construction Crew Leader will assist the Supervisor and Foreman with on-site safety, materials procurement, and other duties typically associated with a construction project. We also anticipate at least 2 community events to occur, which will utilize members to spread the word about our NR programs and encourage community members to get involved as volunteers on our worksites or to apply to be family partners. The Construction Crew Leader will act as a representative to the community by being an advocate for Habitat for Humanity’s mission to provide decent and affordable housing. A secondary goal of this position is to have at least 1 volunteer trained to be a skilled volunteer group leader in each of our NR areas: New Builds, AIP, CHR, ABWK, and weatherization.
We view the construction crew leader as integral to our goals of building more homes and better neighborhoods and communities throughout our service area.
• 18 years of age or older
• U.S. citizen, national, or lawful permanent resident
• High school diploma or GED equivalent (or agree to work towards one while serving)
• Driver’s license and ability to meet host site’s insurance requirements
• Personal vehicle
• Ability to be on one’s feet for extended periods of time, often on rough and uneven terrain
• Ability to lift at least 50 lbs. on a regular basis
• Ability to work on ladders
• Ability to work in varying weather
• Previous experience as a construction AmeriCorps member or with a residential homebuilder
• Experience with power tools
• Ability to drive large pick-up trucks/vans preferred (or willingness to learn)
• Knowledge of, and willingness to promote, the mission and activities of Habitat for Humanity and AmeriCorps
• Strong verbal communication skills
• Ability to work with a diverse group of people
• Experience working as a member of a team
• Experience working with volunteers or teaching/group facilitation experience
• Basic experience with Microsoft Word/Excel
• Knowledge of community development practices
• A second language is highly desirable, with preferred language being Spanish
Benefits of Service:
• AmeriCorps National living allowance of $13,732 (paid over the full 46.5 weeks of full-time service)
• Segal Education Award of $5,920 (upon successful completion of service) – lifetime maximum of 2
• Affordable Care Act compliant health care plan (Habitat pays the monthly premiums)
• Student Loan Forbearance (if eligible)
• Child Care Benefits (if eligible)
• 10 personal/sick leave days
• Approx. 10 holidays (dependent on service location)
• Member Assistance Program (MAP) – offers free services, such as counseling and financial planning resources
What’s in it for you?
At the end of the service year, you will recruit and/or manage 200 volunteers in the building, rehabilitation, or repair of homes. Your efforts will prove critical in the completion of 38 new builds/rehab projects in support of 76 individuals, 8 of whom are veterans, active military, or their family members. Additionally, you will gain enhanced skills in communication, leadership, delegation, team-building time & project management, construction and safety.
What’s needed to apply?
• Resume (tell us about your experience)
• Motivation Statement (express why you want to serve) – input in “Cover Letter” section