Utica MHA AmeriCorps Receives Funding to Double Program Size

AmeriCorps Member Recruitment Fair December 6

Utica, NY:  The Utica Municipal Housing Authority today announced that its AmeriCorps Program has received an increase in grant funding that will double its size, enabling it to enroll up to 20 full-time members.  The program will hold an AmeriCorps member recruitment fair on Thursday, December 6 from 3 to 7 p.m. at the Chancellor Apartments Community Room, 417 Bleecker Street, Utica.  Attendees are encouraged to bring their resumes.  Members will start their 11-month term of service starting in January 2019.

The grant originally was awarded in 2012 in the amount of $136,252 per year for 11 full-time members.  To serve more community residents, the Utica MHA was approved for a new grant award of $264,514 which will deploy 20 full-time members.  The program receives funding from the U.S. Corporation for National and Community Service, which is administered in New York State by the NYS Commission on National and Community Service as well as the NYS Office of Children and Family Services.  The United Way of the Valley and Greater Utica also provides funding for it.

In its 7th year of implementation, the UMHA AmeriCorps Program serves residents in the three-county area of Oneida, Herkimer, and Madison Counties.  AmeriCorps is a program that engages more than 80,000 Americans in intensive service each year at nonprofits, schools, public agencies, and community and faith-based groups across the country. AmeriCorps members receive a modest living allowance, fringe benefits, an education award, health insurance, childcare, and professional development opportunities. AmeriCorps members have the opportunity to gain personal and professional development skills, take on leadership roles, receive training and mentoring in paraprofessional case management and service coordination,   work with community partners, and build professional networks.  AmeriCorps members must be at least 18 years of age and the program is recruiting a wide range of members including seniors, young people, people changing careers, and others who want to make a difference in their communities.  The program has both full and part-time slots available.

In the Utica MHA program, AmeriCorps members help people move out of poverty by focusing on community needs such as economic opportunity, poverty reduction, human services, housing, financial literacy, job development, service coordination, youth, elderly and disabled, and veteran services.  Members will also be assigned to work at local agencies serving the disabled, refugees, and immigrants as well as the Utica Public Library Outreach Center, public housing developments, and other locations through the UMHA Homeless Street Outreach Program.

For more information on AmeriCorps, call 315-982-3731. Resumes may be sent to applyamericorps@gmail.com or dropped off at 509 2nd Street, Utica, NY 13501. Applications are due December 21, 2018.  Members may also apply online through https://my.americorps.gov.   Applicants should use Internet Explorer, select the “Apply to Serve” button and search the listings for the Utica Public Housing AmeriCorps Program.

The AmeriCorps Program is also seeking nonprofit organizations, colleges, schools, health care providers, Native American tribes, and government agencies in Oneida, Herkimer, and Madison Counties to serve as host sites for AmeriCorps members.  For more information, contact John Furman at jfurman@uticamha.org or call 315-982-3731.


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