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UCAN AmeriCorps

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AmeriCorps Members Get Things Done.


About AmeriCorps

AmeriCorps provides opportunities for people of all backgrounds to address the nation’s most pressing challenges, improving lives and communities. AmeriCorps members Get Things Done. Members build safer, stronger, and healthier communities across the U.S.

About Our AmeriCorps Program

UCAN founded our AmeriCorps program in 2009. Our AmeriCorps program partners with local nonprofits, schools, government agencies, and tribal nations to place AmeriCorps members throughout Southwest Oregon – Douglas, Coos, Curry, Jackson, and Josephine counties. Through our partnerships, members lead programs unique to their host sites, addressing the needs of the people they serve. Members also create sustainable volunteer systems for their host site.

Host a Member

Benefit to your organization and community

Communities in Southwest Oregon often achieve success with limited means. Our members offer an additional resource to increase your impact! Whether leading education programs with children, addressing community health initiatives, serving to improve folks’ employment skills, planning fun and informative community events, or helping to ignite volunteerism in your community, our members are waiting to help! Members are dedicated to the AmeriCorps motto “Get Things Done”, and it is our guiding force as a program.

While our members offer a variety of services, they also increase volunteerism at host sites. We have supported a wide array of projects, and we encourage sites to be creative with their project ideas. With that said, our AmeriCorps program projects must improve education, economic opportunity or healthy futures.

When you partner with our AmeriCorps program, you benefit from:

2022-2023 member impact data:
Individuals Served
youth served
Community Volunteers Recruited and/or Supported
Hours Volunteered by Community Members

What we are looking for

Our AmeriCorps program is excited to work with your site to address education, healthy outcomes or economic opportunities, and to build volunteering while addressing these issues. When selecting partnerships we look for the following:

  • A proposal that persuasively describes your community’s need in one of the three areas mentioned above, and details describing your plan to address that need, while boosting volunteering at your organization.
  • A well-defined project with realistic metrics, goals and outcomes.
  • Your ability to provide direct supervision, ongoing mentoring, effective evaluation and project oversight.
  • Your capacity to provide your member workspace and provide them with resources and professional development opportunities.
  • Your capability to take the lead recruiting your member locally.
  • A clear vision for project sustainability post partnership.

To be a host site:

1. Your organization must be either a:

  • 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization
  • Public school, school district, or educational service district (ESD)
  • Government agency (city, county, regional, state or federal)
  • Tribal nation

2. Your organization must have the following insurance coverage:

  • $500,000 of single occurrence general liability
  • $1,000,000 of aggregate general liability
  • $1,000,000 in auto coverage (if your site requires a member to drive as a part of service)

3. Be able to meet both the cash and in-kind match requirements identified here.

4. Not use your member to displace or duplicate the work of current or former staff.

Financial Contribution and Term of Service

Our AmeriCorps program is funded in part by AmeriCorps and in part by both cash and in-kind match-funding from our host organizations.

  • 2024-25 Host Site Cash Match: $11,000
  • 2024-25 Host Site In-Kind Match: $9,000

Term of Service: September 2024 – July 2025

Each year we release information about applying, with applications due in late March/early April. The host site deadline to apply for the 2024-25 service year is 5pm PDT, April 1, 2024.

Become a Member

What does it mean to be a AmeriCorps program member?

Our AmeriCorps program members are motivated individuals who are:

  • Passionate about how service can positively impact the lives of those they serve,
  • Seeking to be an engaged citizen,
  • Excited to learn new skills, while refining those that they bring with them to service,
  • Adventurous folk, who are all about making a difference and bringing a positive impact to the communities they serve.

Our members come from all over the US, and have diverse backgrounds and lived experiences. This diversity sparks creativity and innovation within our communities and service projects. Through your service, you truly have the opportunity to leave a lasting impact on your host site and local community.

AmeriCorps is, at its core, a job skills development program. We know folks coming to our program are eager not only to give back, but also to grow their abilities and experience. We support you with service learning and professional development opportunities throughout your term. By serving with us, you develop skills in leadership, effective communication, organizational knowledge, and technical abilities.

What you will gain as a member:

* Eligibility depends on individual circumstances.

What we are looking for

We seek passionate candidates who want to get things done by using their unique set of skills and experiences to guide their success! The following are skills that will help you succeed as a member:

  • Being committed to volunteerism and service to community,
  • Being professional while performing service,
  • Relating well with others and working well on a team,
  • Writing and communicating well,
  • Having a desire to take initiative and work independently when needed,
  • Being motivated to learn new technical skills,
  • Being able to reflect on experiences and learn from constructive feedback,
  • Being inspired to work through conflicts and maintain good relationships,
  • Being sensitive to others’ needs and desiring to create inclusive spaces,
  • Being reliable and responsive to host site needs.

To be a member:

You need to:

  • Be 17 years of age or older at the beginning of the service term,
  • Be a U.S. citizen, U.S. national or lawful permanent resident,
  • Have a valid driver’s license, good driving record, and be able to provide your own transportation,
  • Possess a high school diploma or equivalent, or commit to earning one prior to receiving an education award,
  • Commit to the full term of service for which you are applying,
  • Pass a National Service Criminal History Check provided through UCAN and/or the Host Site,
  • Have not previously served four terms in an AmeriCorps State or National program,
  • You must disclose if you have been removed for cause from any national service program. If this has occurred, we will determine if you can still serve.

Term of service
September 2024 – July 2025

The deadline for member applications for the 2024-25 service year is 11:59pm PDT, August 15, 2024.