AmeriCorps Member Page

State Member Benefits
  • Living allowance: The contracted amount of money paid in equal amounts each pay period throughout the term of service. A member may not receive more than the total amount in their Member Service Agreements. ($14,500- $10,299- $6866- $3433)

  • Education Award: Each AmeriCorps member is eligible to receive up to two full time education awards in their lifetime. This award is determined by term of service. It can be used towards past federal student loans or towards future education expenses through Title IV schools. The education award is awarded with 60 days of your successful completion of your education term.

  • National Service Forbearance: Members with qualifying federal student loans are able to put those loans into a forbearance , meaning no payments are required during your term of service. Forbearance requests are completed through  my.americorps.gov  accounts. 

  • Accrued Interest Payments: Members with qualifying federal student loans and have those loans placed in National Service Forbearance, will qualify to have all accrued interested paid off at the end of the year through the National Trust. This is a taxable activity. 

  • Healthcare: Any member serving in full-time status (40 hours per week) is eligible for the Corps Network health insurance, which is provided through Cigna. 100% of the premiums are paid by Habitat for the members. Email AmeriCorps staff for more information.

  • Childcare assistance: Members serving in a full-time capacity (40 hours per week) may be eligible for childcare assistance. The eligibility is based on the household income and follows the state assistance program. More information and application can be found here.

  • Training and professional development: Habitat for Humanity of Iowa provides training throughout the year. Members will also be provided training opportunities through the Midwest Habitat for Humanity Convention, the Iowa Nonprofit Summit and other conferences. Each member will be trained by their host sites to be successful in their service.

 

VISTA Benefits
  • Living allowance: The contracted amount of money paid in equal amounts each pay period throughout the 12 months of service. This number is determined by CNCS and changes per county where serving. A member may not receive more than the total amount in their Member Service Agreements. More on VISTA stipends. 

  • Education Award: Each AmeriCorps member is eligible to receive up to two full time education awards in their lifetime. This award is determined by term of service. It can be used towards past federal student loans or towards future education expenses through Title IV schools. The education award is awarded with 60 days of your successful completion of your education term.

  • Cash Stipend in place of the Education Award: 

  • National Service Forbearance: Members with qualifying federal student loans are able to put those loans into a forbearance , meaning no payments are required during your term of service. Forbearance requests are completed through my.americorps.gov accounts. 

  • Accrued Interest Payments: Members with qualifying federal student loans and have those loans placed in National Service Forbearance, will qualify to have all accrued interested paid off at the end of the year through the National Trust. This is a taxable activity. 

  • Healthcare: As an AmeriCorps VISTA member, you are eligible for certain health benefits through AmeriCorps VISTA. This is administered by CNCS not Habitat Iowa. More information here.

  • Childcare assistance: Members serving in a full-time capacity (40 hours per week) may be eligible for childcare assistance. The eligibility is based on the household income and follows the state assistance program. More information and application can be found here.

  • Training and professional development: Habitat for Humanity of Iowa provides training throughout the year. Members will also be provided training opportunities through the Midwest Habitat for Humanity Convention, the Iowa Nonprofit Summit and other conferences. Each member will be trained by their host sites to be successful in their service.

 

Taking time off- AmeriCorps State

Members must inform their site supervisor in advance of any absence from their regular service schedule. If the absence is greater than 1 week, program staff must be notified. 

Members should make every effort to maintain a regular service schedule found in their member service agreement (40, 20, or 10 hours per week). Personal appointments and time off should be scheduled around set service schedule and holiday breaks. Members will be encouraged to stay on track to meet the minimum hours required per their service agreement (1700, 1200, 900, or 450). This should be checked each pay period on OnCorps. If the member fails to meet established service hour benchmarks, member supervisors and AmeriCorps program staff will meet with the member to provide support and guidance on ways to successfully complete their service hours. If the member continues to fail to meet established service hour benchmarks, they could be subject to progressive discipline, up to and including termination from service.  

It is the member’s responsibility to review and submit their time sheet to their site supervisor twice monthly. Timesheets must be submitted after all service hours for the pay period are recorded and are due no later than two (2) working day after the 15th and final day of each month. A member’s site supervisor is responsible for verifying the accuracy of, and approving, the member’s time sheet.

Taking time off- AmeriCorps VISTA

AmeriCorps VISTA members have 10 days vacation, 10 sick, plus any additional holidays taken by their current host site. VISTAs must have prior approval from supervisors to take time off. 

Checking Hours on OnCorps - AmeriCorps State

In Order to stay on track with member hours, members and supervisors should regularly check the member accounts on OnCorps, which displays the required number of hours per week, number of hours served on average, and number of hours required for successful completion. 

  • Log into OnCorps

  • Click the "+" symbol next your name to expand the panel

    • Avg/ WK Target (What you need to be successful based on your contract with no days off)

    • Avg/wk Current (What you have served based on turned in timesheets)

    • Avg/wk needed: (What you need to be successful by the end of the service term)

 
 
 
 
 

Habitat for Humanity of Iowa

Email: info@iowahabitat.org

Phone: 515-266-6886

Address: 809 8th Street SW Suite F Altoona, Iowa 50009

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