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Emergency Response Initiative – Summer 2021

The pandemic has highlighted and exacerbated the inequalities in our communities. Beginning in June, AmeriCorps members will be deployed to help organizations and schools that need more help to serve Minnesota communities. AmeriCorps members will serve in organizations and schools to help students PreK-grade 12 and will also provide support to individuals and families facing food insecurity, homelessness, and isolation.

Position Summary
The need is now. COVID-19 continues to create challenges for Minnesotans — and you can make all the difference! Offer your time and talent to support your community and meet critical needs.

As part of the Emergency Response Initiative, members will focus on helping support emergency relief efforts across the state including: meeting the educational needs of students, addressing food and housing insecurity, mitigating social isolation and more. 

We are currently recruiting for summer 2021. Members will be placed at community organizations to serve 35 hours per week from June 7 to August 14. 

This is an AmeriCorps member position with the AmeriCorps Emergency Response Initiative. As part of our team, you’ll join an amazing cohort of about 700 members determined to spend the summer making a difference. Click to read the position description.

What to Expect

  • Make an impact by helping organizations respond to local and statewide needs related to or exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. 
  • Gain hands-on experience while embedded in a public entity, non-profit or school.
  • Be an ambassador of the program by sharing your experience with the wider community.

Where do you want to make a difference?

Academic Enrichment, PreK-Grade 5

Focus on academic enrichment, tutoring, and mentoring students in preschool through grade 5. Additional tasks could include supporting summer school programming, meal distribution, family resource access, and building/facilities projects related to the pandemic (i.e. setting up classrooms for distancing, additional cleaning and disinfecting protocols).

View available positions HERE by going directly to the application!

Academic Enrichment, Grades 6-12

Focus on academic enrichment, tutoring, and mentoring students in grades 6-12. Additional tasks could include food and resource distribution, support services for families, and volunteer coordination. 

Jump to Site List for locations.

Community Support

Emergency response-related service could include a combination of several response tasks such as addressing food insecurity; housing insecurity; volunteer coordination; connecting people to community resources; resource distribution; assisting with community needs assessments; supporting services and resources for adults; social isolation mitigation; and/or communications and marketing support.

Jump to Site List for locations and descriptions.

Academic Enrichment Grades 6-12

Site NameLocation
Anoka Hennepin Community EducationAnoka
ISD 191Burnsville
ISD 191 Burnsville-Eagan-SavageBurnsville
REACH Mentoring ProgramCloquet
South Washington County Schools Community EducationCottage Grove
Boys & Girls Clubs of the NorthlandDuluth
Lincoln Park Middle SchoolDuluth
UM Extension, Hennepin County 4-HEden Prairie
Farmington Regional Extension OfficesFarmington
United Way of 1000 Lakes*Grand Rapids
Hopkins Public Schools Community EducationHopkins
Lakeville Area Schools Community EducationLakeville
Kato Public Charter SchoolMankato
Mankato Area Public Schools Community Education & Recreation DepartmentMankato
Mankato Youth Place IncMankato
Mankato Youth Place Inc | Wooden Spoon*Mankato
Osseo Area Schools- Multiple Sites OST ProgramsMaple Grove
Ramsey County 4-HMaplewood
Growing North MinneapolisMinneapolis
Hennepin SchoolsMInneapolis
LearningWorks at Blake: A Breakthrough ProgramMinneapolis
Listen Up Youth RadioMinneapolis
Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board – Powderhorn ParkMinneapolis
Minneapolis School of New MusicMinneapolis
Office of Black Student Achievement (Minneapolis Public Schools)Minneapolis
Project for Pride in LivingMinneapolis
YMCA of the NorthMinneapolis
Robbinsdale Area School District: American Indian Freedom School New Hope
Robbinsdale Area School District: Freedom SchoolsNew Hope
Northfield Public SchoolsNorthfield
Owatonna Public SchoolsOwatonna
ISD 281 Adventure Club-BasementPlymouth
Prior Lake-Savage Area Schools Community EducationPrior Lake
Youth First Community of PromiseRamsey
Rochester Public SchoolsRochester
Women's Shelter & Support CenterRochester
Roseville Area Schools Community EducationRoseville
Shakopee High SchoolShakopee
Boys & Girls Clubs of Central MinnesotaSt. Cloud
Yes NetworkSt. Cloud
Children FirstSt. Louis Park
Saint Louis Park Public Schools, Community Ed.St. Louis Park
TreeHouseSt. Louis Park
STMA Middle School EastSt. Michael
Breakthrough Twin CitiesSt. Paul
Career PathwaysSt. Paul
Community Kids Summer Day CampSt. Paul
Keystone Community Services*St. Paul
Right Track - City of Saint Paul Parks and RecreationSt. Paul
Saint Paul Public Schools Department of Alternative Education Summer Learning Programs (SLPs)St. Paul
Solutions Not Suspensions CoalitionSt. Paul
Youth Performance CompanySt. Paul
Keystone Community Services - Teen Tutor/Hallie Q. BrownSt. Paul
Minnesota Education Equity PartnershipSt. Paul
University of St. ThomasSt. Paul
Volunteers in Education (VinE)Virginia
White Bear Lake Area SchoolsWhite Bear Lake
White Bear Lake FLEX Summer ProgramWhite Bear Lake
East African Empowerment CenterWoodbury

* These community sites do not have tutoring responsibilities but to apply, please use the Academic Enrichment Grades 6-12 application (Google Form). 

Community Support Sites

Descriptions coming soon
Site NameLocation

Description

Habitat for Humanity of Douglas CountyAlexandria
ACBC Food ShelfAnoka
Bemidji Community Food Shelf FarmBemidji
Northwoods CaregiversBemidji
Big Lake Community Food ShelfBig Lake
VEAPBloomington
SHIFTBloomington
Essentia Health - St. Joseph's - Crow Wing EnergizedBrainerd
Community Emergency Assistance Programs, INCBrooklyn Center
CAPI USABrooklyn Center
360 CommunitiesBurnsville
Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning CenterFinland
Grand Itasca Clinic and HospitalGrand Rapids
Itasca County Habitat for HumanityGrand Rapids
Upper Sioux CommunityGranite Falls
ECHO Food ShelfMankato
Community Mediation & Restorative Services, IncMaple Grove
Second Harvest HeartlandMaplewood
McKinley CommunityMinneapolis
FRAYEOMinneapolis
The Camden PromiseMinneapolis
Comunidades Organizando el Poder y la Acción Latina (or COPAL)Minneapolis
Open Arms of MNMinneapolis
Conflict Resolution CenterMinneapolis
IsuroonMinneapolis
Little Brothers - Friends of the ElderlyMinneapolis
Minneapolis Adult EducationMinneapolis
New American Development CenterMinneapolis
AeonMinneapolis
Joyce Uptown FoodshelfMinneapolis
Minneapolis Community and Technical CollegeMinneapolis
Minneapolis Park and Recreation BoardMinneapolis
YouthLinkMinneapolis
Lake Agassiz Habitat for HumanityMoorhead
The Food GroupNew Hope
Christian Cupboard Emergency Food ShelfOakdale
Interfaith Outreach & Community PartnersPlymouth
Goodhue County Habitat For HumanityRed Wing
C.A.R.E. ClinicRed Wing
Headway Emotional Health ServicesRichfield
Hiawatha Homes FoundationRochester
Red Drop ResourcesRochester
Elder NetworkRochester
Presbyterian Homes and ServicesRoseville
Place of Hope MinistriesSaint Cloud
Central MN Habitat for HumanitySaint Cloud
Scott Carver Dakota CAP Agency, Inc.Shakopee
Neighbors, Inc.South Saint Paul
Lenox Community CenterSt Louis Park
Catholic Charities Emergency ServicesSt. Cloud
Ackerberg Family Sholom West CampusSt. Louis Park
St. Louis Park Emergency Program-STEPSt. Louis Park
Senior Community Services - HOME Program for Wright & Sherburne CountiesSt. Michael
International Institute of MinnesotaSt. Paul
Literacy Minnesota: Open Door Learning CenterSt. Paul
Literacy Minnesota: Digital Equity Project St. Paul
Amherst H. Wilder FoundationSt. Paul
BrightSide ProduceSt. Paul
Minnesota Recovery ConnectionSt. Paul
CLUESSt. Paul
Neighborhood HouseSt. Paul
Theresa Living CenterSt. Paul
Feeding the DreamSt. Paul
Latino Economic Development CenterSt. Paul
TC Habitat for Humanity ReStoreSt. Paul
Community PartnersTwo Harbors
North St. Louis County Habitat for HumanityVirginia
Habitat for Humanity of West Central MNWillmar
Habitat for Humanity Winona-Fillmore CountiesWinona

Not sure which application to complete? Contact us for help with the process! Click here.

Benefits

Living Stipend

Members are paid a stipend regularly for their term of service, totaling $3,750. This stipend is taxed as income, and members complete a W-4.

Education Award

Members who successfully complete their terms of service will receive a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award education award of $1,311. Awarded at the end of your service term, it can be used to pay educational costs at eligible post secondary institutions, or to repay qualified student loans.

The award has a seven-year expiration period and is considered taxable income in the year that it is used. 

Members who are 55 or older at the start of their service have an additional option. They may choose to transfer the education award to a child, stepchild, grandchild, step-grandchild or foster child. The recipient of a transferred award has 10 years to use it, beginning on the date the member earned the award.

Federal Student Loan Forbearance and Interest Repayment

If a member is making payments to a federally-backed education loan, payments can be put into forbearance during their service. Upon successful completion of the program, the accrued interest will be paid by the National Service Trust. Learn more about loan forbearance on the AmeriCorps website.

Health Insurance

Members are eligible to enroll in health insurance, with 100% of the premium paid. The plan is managed through Cigna and includes medical coverage for individual members. It does not cover dependents.

For greatest savings under this plan, members are encouraged to use in-network healthcare providers. Search the Cigna website (using the plan option “Open Access Plus, OA Plus, Choice Fund OA Plus”) to find providers in the network.

Child Care Assistance

Members may qualify to receive child-care assistance through a program administered by GAP Solutions, Inc. In order to be eligible for the assistance program, members must meet income requirements. To learn more about how to apply, please see our guide. You can also visit the GAP AmeriCorps website for additional details, frequently asked questions and the rules and regulations of the program.

Frequently Asked Questions

ServeMinnesota’s Emergency Response Initiative was created to help Minnesota communities affected by COVID-19. In partnership with Minnesota Alliance With Youth, Reading & Math, Inc., and True North AmeriCorps in Duluth, nearly 700 AmeriCorps members will assist organizations across the state this summer, especially in the areas of math and reading tutoring, food insecurity, homelessness, and more.

AmeriCorps is a national service program often referred to as the “Domestic Peace Corps.” Here in Minnesota, more than 2,000 individuals serve in more than 200 communities annually. People who join AmeriCorps (called “members'') commit to a year of service in exchange for a modest living stipend and an education award to help pay for tuition or student loans. Members are typically passionate, committed individuals who are dedicated to serving the needs of their communities. Members gain valuable professional, educational, and life benefits, and the experience has a lasting impact on the members and the communities they serve. AmeriCorps is a real-life education and work experience wrapped into one.

The program will provide each member with an AmeriCorps orientation at the start of service. The service site will be responsible for training their AmeriCorps member(s) in what they will be doing at the service site. The site will be able to collaborate with the program manager about what information will be essential to successful service of the AmeriCorps member.

Members will begin their service on June 7 and end on August 14.

The application process opens on March 8th and closes on May 19th. Positions across Minnesota are filled on a rolling basis so you are encouraged to submit your application earlier in the process when the most positions will be available. Once you apply, a recruiter will review your application and, if you meet the minimum qualifications, will reach out to you to schedule an interview. Selection decisions are made within 1-2 weeks of your interview and by May 21st at the latest. 

Great members come from all walks of life. No matter your experience and background, the most important qualification is a desire to serve your community. That said, you also need to meet the following minimum qualifications by the time you begin your service. 

  • Are dependable and have a history of good attendance
  • Able to understand and follow instructions
  • Have basic computer skills (like email and navigating online)
  • Can speak, read, and write English fluently
  • 18 years of age or older with a high school diploma or equivalent
  • A citizen, national, or lawful permanent resident alien of the United States*
  • Agree to and successfully complete a background check

*Applicants who have received deferred action for childhood arrivals (DACA) through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security are not eligible to serve as AmeriCorps members at this time.

We are committed to providing a safe service environment for all AmeriCorps members. Sites need to verify that they have implemented safety protocols in compliance with the federal, state, and local recommendations. In addition, members will be provided PPE as part of their service year. Members are not allowed to serve in COVID-positive sites (such as hotels for quarantine) at this time.

A day in the life of an AmeriCorps Emergency Response member is dynamic, flexible, and always evolving to meet the site and community needs. Depending on the service site, Emergency Response members will fill their day supporting student academic enrichment and tutoring, food security, housing stability, and helping the site connect people to resources. Members can also anticipate attending regular meetings and training to receive support and guidance from the program and site staff.

The living stipend will be paid regularly and will total $3,750 for the entire service term.

Yes. The education award for members in the Minnesota AmeriCorps Emergency Response Initiative will receive an education award in the amount of $1,311. To learn more about the AmeriCorps education award benefit, visit the AmeriCorps website.

Yes. Members who serve 35 hours a week or more receive individual health care benefits with 100 percent of the monthly premium covered. 

Individuals can serve up to a total of four terms of service with AmeriCorps State and National.  If the summer is your first term of AmeriCorps service, you can serve up to an additional three terms.

While the majority of available positions will require in-person service, there may be some virtual opportunities available depending on the needs of our partner organizations. We will update our list of partner organizations by April 9, 2021.

ServeMinnesota is the Minnesota state service commission, and as such administers AmeriCorps state programs to address critical community needs. The Emergency Response Initiative is a strategic investment of AmeriCorps resources across multiple AmeriCorps programs in response to the COVID-19 pandemic in our state.