Questions and Answers about the new Emergency Response Initiative
Here are commonly asked questions and answers about the MN Emergency Response Initiative. (Applications for organizations to host members closed on April 22, 2020. Members apply here: https://www.serveminnesota.org/emergency-response/)
These new positions are intended for nonprofit, school district or governmental entities that need more help than ever to serve Minnesota communities, especially in the areas of food insecurity, distance learning, help for older adults, support to help the health care system, and more.
Members will serve a total of 300 hours over the summer of 2020. They will spend 35 hours a week at their service site.
Yes. We would prefer that each separate site submit a separate application. We will need to know the location of each site and the contact information for each site supervisor, plus the number of members who will serve there.
Organizations do not have to pay or contribute a site fee for this limited RFP.
Organizations will be evaluated using a scoring rubric that includes objective measures. Priority will be given to organizations who clearly articulate how AmeriCorps members will be occupied for 35 hours a week for the period of the grant.
There are no limits to number of locations and geography. We would just want assurances about supervision at all of the locations and accountability for safety at the locations.
Sites will be notified by April 29, 2020 regarding their status of award.
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.
This will be a team effort. The program, site and ServeMinnesota will all support to find the effort to find individuals who want to serve in a 300-hour position over the summer.
There is no limit to the number of members a site can request.
Sites need to verify that they have implemented safety protocols in compliance with the recommendations set forth by the Minnesota Department of Health and the CDC. For more information: https://www.health.state.mn.us/diseases/coronavirus/prevention.html
The living stipend is $650 every two weeks. Members are also eligible for healthcare.
Yes. The eduacation award for members in the Minnesota AmeriCorps Emergency Response Initiative will receive an education award in the amount of $1,289.55. Members who have student loans may qualify for postponement, or forbearance, during their term of service.
Yes. Members who serve 35 hours a week or more receive 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 the first term of AmeriCorps service for someone they can serve an additional three terms.
Individuals will serve from June 8, 2020 to August 15, 2020.
Applicants will apply directly to ServeMinnesota, and we will screen applicants and conduct a 30 minute virtual interview for placement. The site won't have a role in the interview and selection process. (However, if they have candidates that they want to be hired, they can let us know and we'll make a note of those applications.)