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CapacityCorps_Platte Valley East

Rebuilding Together CapacityCorps Application

Rebuilding Together Platte Valley East CapacityCorps Application

Rebuilding Together is a housing nonprofit with affiliates in Fremont, NE, 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/capacitycorps 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 $15,000 and an Education Award of $6,095 upon completion of the term. The term starts in August 16 and ends July 12, 2020.  Capacity building AmeriCorps members with Rebuilding Together Platte Valley East (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 Platte Valley East
Rebuilding Together Platte Valley East was established in 2007. Each year since, we have helped dozens of homeowners to improve their homes – making them safer, healthier and more accessible. Our work has touched the lives of hundreds of people – those living in the homes as well as those in their neighborhoods. We incorporate Rebuilding Together's Safe and Healthy Housing protocol which has significantly expanded our scope of work. We have developed an accessibility ramp program which allows us to install and maintain several ramps annually. We have a strong volunteer network – this year volunteers have given almost 3,000 hours to our agency. 

Our primary community of service is Fremont. It is an older, well-established community that has its roots in agriculture and is closely tied to the growth of the railroad. Fremont has many beautiful, historic homes and neighborhoods that have been well-preserved. At the same time, Fremont has homes and neighborhoods that are aged, deteriorating and seriously in need of rehabilitation.

Even with low unemployment, 17.1% of residents here had incomes below the poverty level in 2015. Our largest client group is over age 65, roughly 18% of the population in Dodge County. In Fremont: 69% of seniors live in homes they own; 32% live alone; 29% have incomes below the poverty line; and, 31% received food stamps in the last year. There are at least 2,700 elderly homeowner households with mobility or self-care limitations and those numbers are growing.

About Fremont, NE
The city of Fremont is in Dodge County, in eastern Nebraska – approximately 30 miles northwest of Omaha (Nebraska's largest city) and 50 miles north of the state capitol of Lincoln. Historic downtown Fremont is known for its numerous antique stores, and a collection of historical buildings. Several local buildings are on the National Register of Historic Places. Among these is the Love-Larson Opera House on Broad Street, built
in 1888. Later used as apartments and a grocery store, it was restored for theater use by a non-profit group in the 1970s, and again in 2003 by the Fremont High Drama Club.

Each July, Fremont spends a long weekend celebrating John C. Fremont Days, which is a celebration of Fremont's history through a parade, Chautauqua, rodeo, classic car show and local vendors selling their handmade crafts. It draws attendees from around the area for both historical and social reasons. The Fremont Lakes State Recreation Area attracts boaters, skiers, fishermen and beachgoers from the area to the group of 20 man-made tree-lined lakes which cover nearly 700 acres along the Platte River. Fremont has 21 city-owned parks, with a combined area of over 400 acres. The Splash Station water park opened in 2007 and features an interactive train slide, combination lap pool and wave pool, body slide and speed slide.

Fremont boasts a varied and acclaimed public and private educational system, including Midland University (a four-year, liberal arts school) and a satellite campus of Metropolitan Community College. Fremont also is known for its strong faith culture with more than 40 different churches representing over 20 denominations.

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.
2. How did you first find out about this available AmeriCorps position with Rebuilding Together? *This question is required.
Skills, Experience, and Education
3. 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
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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.
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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.
8. You are applying for an AmeriCorps position with Rebuilding Together.  The living stipend for the entire term is $15,000 and an Education Award upon completion of the term. *This question is required.