CapacityCorps_South Sound

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Rebuilding Together CapacityCorps Application
Rebuilding Together is a housing nonprofit with affiliates in Tacoma and across the country. Together, we transform the lives of low-income homeowners by improving the safety and health of their homes and revitalizing our communities. Rebuilding Together's local affiliates and nearly 100,000 volunteers complete about 10,000 rebuild projects nationwide each year. Visit our website www.rebuildingtogether.org/capcitycorps to learn more.

We are seeking individuals who want to get involved and ensure a safe and healthy home for every person in their community. During a 11 month AmeriCorps term, you'd earn a living stipend of $12,630 and an Education Award of $5,815 upon completion of the term. The term starts on August 5, 2017, and ends June 29, 2018.  Capacity building AmeriCorps members with Rebuilding Together South Sound (also called CapacityCorps) will serve crucial roles; visit our website www.rebuildingtogether.org/capacitycorps to see full position description(s).  We're a great team, doing great work in the community! Join us to make a difference, gain valuable career skills, and earn money for your education!

About Rebuilding Together South Sound
Our clients live in homes that are 50 years old, on average. Older homes require ongoing maintenance and repairs and are more likely to pose significant health and safety risks to seniors and the disabled who need well-maintained homes and modifications to prevent falls and keep their homes safe and accessible. However, necessary repairs and modifications are too costly for the homeowners we assist; people with disabilities are twice as likely to live in low-income households. Of the households served this past year:
  • 75% were living with a disability - The disabled have significant home modification needs. For instance, those in wheelchairs may need exterior ramps or widened doorways in their homes. Others require bathroom modifications such as wheel-in showers. Homes that lack these features can significantly hamper the lives of people with disabilities, diminishing access and mobility within the home.
  • 56% were seniors over the age of 65 - The elderly often have specific housing needs that exceed those of the average homeowners, such as accessibility or safety modifications. Dangerous conditions like steep staircases, uneven flooring and unsafe bathrooms pose serious threats to in-home safety.
  • 17% were veterans - Military veterans and their families face a range of housing challenges, many of which stem from disabilities related to their service. A significant majority of low-income veterans we served were living with a disability. These homeowners are exposed to the same issues of home retrofit unaffordability experienced by other Americans with disabilities, making it difficult to afford home modifications needed to live safely in their homes.
  • 19% were families with children - The safety and health of a home is particularly important for children as they are most vulnerable to the health risks created by deferred maintenance and substandard housing, namely those related to asthma and lead exposure. Excess moisture in the home, often the result of outside leaks, poses a number of health threats that are more pronounced for children. Housing-related health problems that begin in childhood have a lasting, lifelong impact; correcting housing deficiencies helps fight against chronic conditions, preventing them before they start.

Come build your skills and help us serve the most vulnerable people in our community.  Join us in Tacoma, Washington in the heart of the Puget Sound. Tacoma is a mid-sized city 32 miles from Seattle, 58 miles from Mt. Rainier National Park, and two hours from the coast. Access to a vehicle and a raincoat are necessary.


Thanks again for your interest in serving with Rebuilding Together AmeriCorps and making a difference in the homes and lives of people in your community.  If you have any questions about the program or technical difficulties with the application, please email me at jpermar@rebuildingtogether.org.

Have a great week,

Jessie

Jessie Permar
Senior Director, National Service Programs
Rebuilding Together
jpermar@rebuildingtogether.org
Basic Applicant Information
Veteran / Active Duty / Military Family Status *This question is required.
1. How did you first find out about this available AmeriCorps position with Rebuilding Together? *This question is required.
Skills, Experience, and Education
2. Please upload a copy of your resume.  We are interested in learning more about your work, volunteer, and education background.  If you have experience that doesn't fit in a standard resume, or is better conveyed through essay format, there is space below to add more detail. *This question is required.
References
5. Reference #1 *This question is required.
6. Reference #2 *This question is required.
Eligibility

As a federal program, AmeriCorps has set a few basic criteria for eligibility.  
Please answer the following questions about your eligibility: *This question is required.
Please answer the following questions about your eligibility: *This question is required.YesNo
Are you a US citizen, US national, or lawful permanent resident?
Will you be 18 or older before the first day of the AmeriCorps term?
Please describe your current education status.  Note: in order to be eligible to serve in AmeriCorps, you must either have a high school diploma / GED or agree to seek your high school diploma / GED during your AmeriCorps term. *This question is required.
7. You are applying for an AmeriCorps position with Rebuilding Together.  The living stipend for the entire term is $12,630 with an Education Award of $5,815 upon completion of the term. *This question is required.