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INTRODUCING: AmeriCorps Education Award Program! Now welcoming Volunteers of ALL ages.

Updated: Apr 11, 2021

Many of you are familiar with our volunteer opportunities for older adults, but did you know we have an opportunity for volunteers of any age? In partnership with UServe Utah and AmeriCorps National, we have been able to expand our volunteer opportunities!

AmeriCorps members provide direct service to others in their communities in order to improve the well being of their community and it's members. Volunteers of all ages are welcome for this program and may be eligible for an educational award stipend in addition to the rewarding experience.

AmeriCorps Members at the AAA-Five County will have the opportunity of working with our Benefits Enrollment Center. At the Benefits Enrollment Center, we help low-income seniors (65+) and people with disabilities (18+) in Southwest Utah connect to benefits programs like SNAP, Medicaid, MSP, LIS, HEAT, and more. This service is offered free of charge thanks to a grant from the National Council on Aging (NCOA), but it is sustained through the giving of time by community member volunteers.

Volunteers are tasked with connecting individuals to the benefits they may qualify for. Depending on a Volunteer’s exact position their individual duties may vary, but all Volunteers should be prepared to interact with potential clients and record personal and confidential client information on a regular basis. A variety of volunteer roles are available and we will work to connect Volunteers with the role that best suites them.

Interested in being a part of this work and wondering how the educational award plays into it?

Candidates need to be 17+ and able to pass a background check. After an application and background check process, members will be able to sign up for a 450, 675, or 900 hour service term to be completed in no more than 12 months from their start date. The amount of the educational award stipend is tied to the number of service hours the member chooses. The 450 hour term award is $1,638.89. The 675 term award is $2,360.00, and the 900 hour award is $3,097.50. There is no limit to the number of terms a member can serve, however, members can earn up to the equivalent of two full time awards, and after they reach that, they will no longer receive a stipend for their service.

Are you or someone you know interested in learning more? Contact us today!

Kristina Raner has been with the AAA-Five County since 2015. She holds a master's degree in Public Administration and is a certified Dementia Specialist. Kristina serves as the lead for AAA-Five County's Benefits Enrollment Center, Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program, and Media Outreach.

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