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AmeriCorps Emergency Response

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. 

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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.

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Academic Enrichment Grades 6-12

Site NameLocation

Description

Anoka Hennepin Community EducationAnoka

Assist in offering engaging activities for youth and people with disabilities. Activities include sports and recreation, courses in science and technology, aquatics and performing /visual arts.

ISD 191Burnsville

Member would provide one-on-one relationship building, tutoring, instructional support, student supervision, food service support, communication with students and parent, building support, program support, etc.

ISD 191 Burnsville-Eagan-SavageBurnsville

AmeriCorps member would support K-12 summer programming on site and in a distance learning model. 6-12 students require one-on-one tutoring. AmeriCorps members would be assigned a small caseload of students by grade level to establish relationships, support acceleration in reading an math, and provide much needed mentoring and adult connections.

REACH Mentoring ProgramCloquet

We need AmeriCorps members to work directly with students (6-12 grades) that have been disconnected from their schools and communities because of COVID. We need AmeriCorps members to support credit recovery, and mental health supportive services through social emotional engagement and service-learning project for credit recovery.

South Washington County Schools Community EducationCottage Grove

Our AmeriCorps members will serve as our Skoolie Squad. They will drive Community Ed vehicles to programming sites around the district, assist with planning of program activities, coordinate programming at Skoolie sites with community partners, communicate with students, parents and business partners in a positive way that is consistently welcoming and enhances effective work relationships. They will lead large and small group activities and serve as dynamic and positive role models for participants and be responsible for behavior management. They will help to register participants and keep track of daily attendance, drop off and pick up camp forms and supplies, assist with snack preparation and food distribution and set up and clean up of activities daily.

Boys & Girls Clubs of the NorthlandDuluth

Assist with supplemental learning and learning loss. Help with credit recovery over the summer. Expand our ability for food access.

Lincoln Park Middle SchoolDuluth

Build positive relationships with youth; assist with summer school or other programming/activities; provide individual or small group academic and/or social-emotional support; lead or support enrichment activities such as art, gardening, STEM programming, nature-based recreation, and more; assist with our school garden and supply pantry; and connect people with community resources.

UM Extension, Hennepin County 4-HEden Prairie

Two AmeriCorps members will design and facilitate youth summer programs and events in Hennepin County centered around gardening, STEM, healthy living, and community wellness. All activities provided in these programs support youth engagement in real life skills such as public speaking, career exploration, teamwork, and social-emotional learning.

Farmington Regional Extension OfficesFarmington

The AmeriCorps member will support the expansion of current community partnerships. Our role is to deliver engaging, unique programs to youth, including activities like straw rockets, catapults, and messy science experiments. Lessons and supplies need to prepped prior to delivery. Additionally the member will help develop new lesson plans/curriculum so we can expand offerings.

United Way of 1000 Lakes*Grand Rapids

Two AmeriCorps members will design and facilitate youth summer programs and events in Hennepin County centered around gardening, STEM, healthy living, and community wellness. All activities provided in these programs support youth engagement in real life skills such as public speaking, career exploration, teamwork, and social-emotional learning.

Hopkins Public Schools Community EducationHopkins

Activities for the Academic Enrichment AmeriCorps members include: providing tutoring, designing and implementing needs assessments, community building, leading no-cost enrichment classes, and more. Possible activities for the Community Support AmeriCorps members include: office support for Camp Royal, designing and implementing needs assessments, communications and marketing support, volunteer coordination, and growing the Hopkins School and Community Connections platform that will be handed over to the new VISTA member in August.

Lakeville Area Schools Community EducationLakeville

This summer we will be launching The DEN middle school summer program to serve the academic, social and emotional needs of middle school students. The aim of this program and involvement of AmeriCorps members is to provide positive and age-appropriate activities for this at-risk group. Two AmeriCorps members will work with Counselors and Assistants to provide extra attention, academic support and assist in leading health and wellness activities for middle school youth.

Kato Public Charter SchoolMankato

Due to COVID, we have several students that are testing below grade level in Math and Reading. The AmeriCorps members would be tasked with making learning fun. They would host reading groups and discussion sessions along with Math games and challenge activities. They would also tutor students that are below grade level in Reading and Math.

Mankato Area Public Schools Community Education & Recreation DepartmentMankato

Support a wide variety of educational and recreational activities for elementary and middle school students, including art, coding, theater, robotics, African Stepping, and more.

Mankato Youth Place IncMankato

Work with a team of staff and volunteers to plan and implement academic programming during the summer months. This will include direct academic programming and integrating academics into other activities such as games and field trips. These individual will split their day between planning and implementation.

Mankato Youth Place Inc | Wooden Spoon*Mankato

AmeriCorps members will work with the South Central MN Food Recovery Project, a start up coalition working to address food insecurities. They will research solutions to the barriers identified by the coalition, work with coalition members to build local partnerships with food distributors and nonprofits, and work to assess the need and efficacy of food distribution to families.

Osseo Area Schools- Multiple Sites OST ProgramsMaple Grove

The AmeriCorps members will add to our Out of School Time summer offerings through supporting enrichment, targeted services, and school-age care programs. Members will work on adding program content to enrich some of the academic learning loss that has occurred this past 12 months, as well as add additional adult support to nurture student development in our programs. They will also provide administrative support to make sure programs run smoothly and easily this summer for families.

Ramsey County 4-HMaplewood

The member will support youth enrichment & learning for youth across Ramsey County. This could mean leading/facilitating clubs, workshops, events, and camps. Member will mentor youth grades K-12th. The member will also be tasked with addressing food & essentials insecurity and distribution.

Growing North MinneapolisMinneapolis

The AmeriCorps members will support groups of 14-15-year-old youth in our community garden internship program in collaboration with a community elder mentor. The AmeriCorps members would guide the group through garden work and design and implement garden-based educational activities.

Hennepin SchoolsMInneapolis

Our AmeriCorps members will support summer school programming. AmeriCorps members will teach reading/writing, support with outdoor programming and supervise times like arrival, lunch and dismissal and the occasional field trip.

LearningWorks at Blake: A Breakthrough ProgramMinneapolis

AmeriCorps member's service would be focused supporting academic and enrichment services for middle school aged students (rising 7th, 8th, and 9th graders). Key program areas would include: leadership, social activism, and job readiness. This role would focus on both direct service with youth, curriculum design and program development, and partnership development aligned to key program areas. Additionally, this role would offer critical assistance to our Director of Student Services in supporting students and their families who have been challenged the most with their academics over the past year.

Listen Up Youth RadioMinneapolis

Listen Up Youth Radio is a small organization working at the intersection of youth employment, civic engagement, and media production. The AmeriCorps member will help manage two cohorts of youth in hybrid style programming and will also develop Listen Up’s capacity around volunteers and technology. The direct service duties will include facilitating media production programming, supporting youth interns with their storytelling projects, and supporting veteran youth in leading workshops.

Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board – Powderhorn ParkMinneapolis

A service member in our organization will have a unique opportunity to support in designing and implementing curriculum that combines recreation and academic support. This is unique to our organization because we do not have positions that are solely focused on academic support over the summer. A service member will have an opportunity to work alongside recreation professionals to design a curriculum that support learning with the fun of recreation. The service member would have prep/admin time each day before facilitating their program to a group of preregistered participants. The service member will also have weekly check-ins with the site supervisor and will be included in the recreation center staff meetings.

Minneapolis Public Schools

Minneapolis

These members will be helping MPS students make up for learning loss due to COVID-19 as well as help with various community services during their summer school sessions.

Minneapolis School of New MusicMinneapolis

The members will do community and family outreach to connect kids with resources and opportunities to be involved in summer education programs.

Office of Black Student Achievement (Minneapolis Public Schools)Minneapolis

An overwhelming amount of Black students in Minneapolis Public Schools are falling behind in credits as a result of distance learning. OBSA staff and AmeriCorps members will engage in one-on-one or small group tutoring sessions and facilitate extended learning opportunities (ELO) for students in grades 7-12. ELOs are meant to expose students to a variety of experiences that will potentially inspire them to define and pursue their passions. In addition to tutoring, members will be expected to help facilitate conversations about the role of academics in the pursuit of students’ passions.

Project for Pride in LivingMinneapolis

The LEAP Communication Specialist is responsible for building out a social media platform, maintaining and promoting its contents. The scope of the position includes capturing LEAP “stories” and sharing with stakeholders. The Step Up Work Readiness Coordinator will guides a caseload of 30 young people (ages 14-15 or 16 -21) through digital training that will teach them the skills they need to succeed in their Step Up summer internships and beyond.

YMCA of the NorthMinneapolis

We would utilize AmeriCorps members to support our youth-focused membership initiative "Get Summer," which provides access to free memberships for high school aged individuals. These individuals would oversee the daily operations of activities surrounding the initiative, including preparation, distribution and tracking of bagged meals as well as partnering with YMCA staff to organize and execute active enrichment programming, i.e. art projects, hands-on STEM activities, service projects, field trips, games and/or sports tournaments, etc.

Robbinsdale Area School District: American Indian Freedom School New Hope

AmeriCorps members would help supervise a new program Robbinsdale schools will be piloting. Need help implementing curriculum for American Indian Freedom Schools. Training would be provided to equip staff members will the knowledge needed to instruct our students.

Robbinsdale Area School District: Freedom SchoolsNew Hope

Activities include but are not limited to: contacting students who are not participating in their college classes, assisting with student login in our virtual classes, working with the Freedom Schools scholars, keeping the classroom area sanitary and safe, following all PPE guidelines, accompanying students on field trips and outdoor activities.

Northfield Public SchoolsNorthfield

The AmeriCorps members will assist with learning acceleration, social and enrichment activities. Members will support program staff with recruitment, enrollment outreach and preparations for the programming. In addition, there are weekly family learning nights, that will be held either in person or virtually, that will need preparations and support hosting.

Owatonna Public SchoolsOwatonna

Provide support for a mobile, neighborhood activity program that will move throughout the community on a daily basis in some locations and weekly in others. Partner with our Middle School Activities Coordinator to provide new service-learning and enrichment supports appropriate for Grades 5-8.

ISD 281 Adventure Club-BasementPlymouth

Support groups of students in social/emotional topics. Help with extra COVID cleaning guidance and other COVID related guidance we are required to follow.

Prior Lake-Savage Area Schools Community EducationPrior Lake

Assist with classroom cleaning/disinfecting protocols after class has ended. Assist teachers with instructional materials, setting up classrooms for social distancing, room sanitizing, and responding to technology needs. Greet and check-in CE participants and if a participant does not show up call to remind them about the class. Direct registration questions to the CE Office. Assist participants in finding the location of their classrooms, find a custodian when needed, report incidents or safety concerns to CE lead staff. Assist with supervising children after class ends and guide them to location for parent/guardian pick-up.

Youth First Community of PromiseRamsey

Working with small groups of youth to have breakout sessions with peer groups. Meetings will be a safe place for youth to discuss issues they are facing. Member will also help provide presentations and resources to help youth navigate the strange new world we live in. Engaging youth in healthy eating habits and physical activity each day.

Rochester Public SchoolsRochester

Members will support a variety of academic and social emotional learning and enrichment activities to compliment our summer programs and support our learners.

Women's Shelter & Support CenterRochester

The AmeriCorps member would participate in summer programming for our youth programs. This includes children in our shelter, transitional and scattered site housing programs, and community support with our youth support groups.

Roseville Area Schools Community EducationRoseville

During summer school, AmeriCorps members would work with small groups of students and one-on-one with students. After summer school ends, we would utilize AmeriCorps members to co-facilitate youth enrichment programming and provide individualized and small group support to students in summer programs. We envision that these AmeriCorps members would enhance student engagement in lessons, activities, and experiences planned by school district teachers and staff.

Shakopee High SchoolShakopee

Members will clean and disinfect; prepare and ride bus to help deliver meals; provide administrative help with summer school program.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Central MinnesotaSt. Cloud

Support fun, themed learning activities for middle, and high-school students throughout the summer. Activities will focus on both academic and social-emotional skills.



Yes NetworkSt. Cloud

The AmeriCorps members will support meal preparation and distribution, and lead activities (games, recreation, Art/STEM) for students.

Children FirstSt. Louis Park

Help prepare a Community Needs Assessment: Research data on childhood and school outcomes, prepare charts/graphs and gather feedback from community stakeholders. Support Community Engagement by preparing communications tools. Help coordinate volunteers for community events.

Saint Louis Park Public Schools, Community Ed.St. Louis Park

For grades 6-8, members will support our summer learning needs by assisting with class and meal transition times and supervision, assist with the learning in the Math, English and Science classrooms.

For grades 9-12, members will support our summer learning needs by assisting in math and English class(es) and supervise during transitions. Open to supporting other academic areas also such as science or social studies. We also have a need to help support communication with families/students.

TreeHouseSt. Louis Park

Assist our volunteer engagement and HR team in updating training for post-COVID placements, and reengaging volunteers that have been in virtual environment for year. Updating onboarding materials for volunteers, and assisting with site visits.

STMA Middle School EastSt. Michael

Support academic enrichment and social emotional learning activities for students.

Breakthrough Twin CitiesSt. Paul

AmeriCorps members will support calling students during the morning and afternoon if they missed their morning meetings, leading a committee that plans activities and engaging activities. Also members will support in-person student events such as drive-thru celebration, student enrollment, and student supply collection/distribution.

Career PathwaysSt. Paul

We will be offering a summer school. The member will help with student support, food distribution and SEL.

Community Kids Summer Day CampSt. Paul

The AmeriCorps members will conduct activities such as: reading with students; one-on-one or small group tutoring; creative writing; theater; book clubs; accompanying students to the on-site library to read and check out books; having students author and illustrate books; tutoring in math; leading or assisting with enrichment activities; sports and games; helping chaperone on field trips; creating home learning packets and games for the program, etc.

Keystone Community Services*St. Paul

AmeriCorps members will work within the Basic Needs program in three areas: food shelves, food delivery services, and community food distributions.

Right Track - City of Saint Paul Parks and RecreationSt. Paul

AmeriCorps members will provide ongoing support to Right Track interns working at the City’s Aquatics facilities or with youth who need more hands-on coaching to be successful. By having AmeriCorps members available, new interns will have continued support to develop their skills even when it is busy. Members will also facilitate onsite employment training for youth.

Saint Paul Public Schools Department of Alternative Education Summer Learning Programs (SLPs)St. Paul

AmeriCorps member activities include: assisting administration with program set-up and take-down, daily program needs (i.e. attendance etc.), working with teachers to increase student interactions, working independently with students, meeting with or calling students/families to increase engagement or support learning, and assisting with technology support.

Saint Paul Parks and Recreation*

St. Paul

AmeriCorps members will help raise awareness and serve meals for our new meal distribution program, support our new pop-up recreation program and do organic community engagement in hopes of developing new youth led programming, engaging, and supporting teen programming, and STEM and Technology support for youth and adults.

Solutions Not Suspensions CoalitionSt. Paul

The member will work with community stakeholders to develop supports for students and families heading into the fall. This could be resources, solidarity and support groups, know your rights trainings, or other efforts as determined by community input and coalition need.

Youth Performance CompanySt. Paul

AmeriCorps members will support our summer arts education programs by assisting teachers with student engagement and supporting our new COVID-19 protocols.

Keystone Community Services - Teen Tutor/Hallie Q. BrownSt. Paul

Members will provide reading/literacy assessments, individual instruction and practice time with academics, and will support a variety of other enrichment activities and field trips.

Minnesota Education Equity PartnershipSt. Paul

Perform the following duties: assist Communication Consultant with website and help manage Social Media Platforms, assist Program Directors with projects, assist & help plan with Supervisor with current and long range projects - Annual Meeting and Conferences for the Fall 2021.

University of St. ThomasSt. Paul

The AmeriCorps member will help mobilize the St. Thomas’ campus community around the Tutor-Mentor and Shelter Crew programs; support the work of the Center for the Common Good’s community partners addressing the digital divide, opportunity gap, and housing security; and maintain a summer food distribution collaboration between St. Thomas and Keystone.

Volunteers in Education (VinE)Virginia

The AmeriCorps member will tutor and help us adjust our program for the fall, if needed.

White Bear Lake Area SchoolsWhite Bear Lake

AmeriCorps members will support and deliver a variety of activities to support students such as research-based interventions to small group and individual students in reading and/or math. In addition, they will collect data and progress-monitor their students to monitor student growth and progress. Members will also build and foster strong relationships to support the social emotional development of students and collaborate with teachers and school staff to discuss student progress.

White Bear Lake FLEX Summer ProgramWhite Bear Lake

Our FLEX summer middle school program is all about youth choice and voice! Our staff empower youth to work in committees to plan everything from the daily snack to weekly walking field trips and on site programs. Experiences and opportunities include: athletic tournaments and competitions, outdoor and indoor recreation, service learning, creating in a maker space, exploring the local community, making new friends, and a place to hang out.

East African Empowerment CenterWoodbury

EAEC is seeking a Program Assistant that will aid in community assessments and research for the programming at EAEC. The Youth Success Coaches will work with youth one on one via Zoom providing career and job readiness skills and mentorship.

* 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

Site NameLocation

Description

Habitat for Humanity of Douglas CountyAlexandria

The member(s) will help build affordable homes at our construction sties this summer and assist with aging in place repairs.

ACBC Food ShelfAnoka

We are moving from a pre-packed drive thru distribution to allowing participants to shop inside our store. This AmeriCorps member will be the go-to person during shopping hours. Duties will include: getting the store ready for shoppers daily, ensuring a smooth distribution, checking in participants, answering the phones, answering questions, managing unexpected roadblocks, filling in for volunteer positions, etc.

Bemidji Community Food Shelf FarmBemidji

AmeriCorps member(s) will work alongside our Farm Manager and her assistant and with volunteers from the community to plant, tend and harvest produce which is distributed directly to our Food Shelf Customers. The AmeriCorps member may also supervise community volunteers.

Northwoods CaregiversBemidji

Our agency is looking for an AmeriCorps member to help with transportation, supervised visits, and other program needs.

Big Lake Community Food ShelfBig Lake

Assist with setting up an on-line ordering system for client food orders. Assist with development of additional new programming based on the current needs of the community.

VEAPBloomington

Members will do: general duties to support warehouse, distribution and food pantry operations, pack, load food orders for client visits and grocery deliveries, conduct grocery home deliveries to seniors and people with disabilities with VEAP vehicles, support mobile food pantry activities, create and support social media content for VEAP, event planning and marketing support.

SHIFTBloomington

Administrative and technical support developing and supporting our current platform as well as the transition to the new platform. Development of the email, landing pages, electronic newsletters, social media and other communication programming campaign needs, Database, survey development and analysis, as well.

Essentia Health - St. Joseph's - Crow Wing EnergizedBrainerd

Activities will include helping with the Community Health Needs Assessment. This work would include assisting with surveying focus groups in our community. Work on implementing power of produce club at farmers market and assist in launching EBT. Lastly, we have a need to continue the work started on breastfeeding - reaching out to employers to find out what barriers exist to supporting this initiative in their workplace.

Community Emergency Assistance Programs, INCBrooklyn Center

Support transition to express intake and drive through service by piloting new processes and technology. Supporting administration of Emergency Housing Assistance by follow up for secondary services. Supporting health and Wellness Initiatives through virtual and curbside programming.

CAPI USABrooklyn Center

One AmeriCorps member will provide crucial support to CAPI’s food shelf programming.  ]The other AmeriCorps member will facilitate financial education workshops that CAPI offer for the Career Pathways participants and facilitate ongoing Homestretch Homebuyer workshops.

360 CommunitiesBurnsville

Members would help us provide clinics for families, help with a farmers market in our food shelves, schedule food shelf appointments, provide resources through our phone line and welcome desk, meet with clients over the phone to collect demographic information, assist clients in shopping, help to unload, sort and stock food and materials.

Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning CenterFinland

Members would seed, transplant, irrigate, cultivate, harvest, wash, and pack approximately 35 different herbs and vegetables. They would distribute greens to the Co-op and shares to CSA members, and educate farmer's market attendees on storing and processing their vegetables.

Grand Itasca Clinic and HospitalGrand Rapids

We are looking for an AmeriCorps member that can assist with our vaccine clinics -- preparing paperwork for patients, screening patients, directing them to the vaccine clinic, assisting with general vaccine clinic flow duties (e.g., sanitizing clipboards, letting patients know when their 15 minute observation period is up, helping them schedule their second vaccine appointment, etc.)

Itasca County Habitat for HumanityGrand Rapids

Provide support to construction manager on New Build and Home Preservation Projects, prep of site, review plans with Construction Manager and determine materials and tools needed, perform various construction tasks as assigned while building with volunteers and families, facilitate activities with volunteers and help with on-site paperwork, and lead crews of volunteers and families on the construction site or home preservation project that follows safety guidelines at all times.

Upper Sioux CommunityGranite Falls

The Upper Sioux Community has an elder's meal program, youth meal program, and a food pantry program. Activities for an AmeriCorps member would include: Elder's Meal Site Duties: assisting in kitchen when needed; helping with meal preparations; putting freight away, light cleaning. Food Pantry Duties: helping to load/unload freight (including some heavy lifting); restocking food pantry in the round house/shop; filling food pantry bags; and assisting with food pantry boxes/bags distribution.

ECHO Food ShelfMankato

Filling grocery orders according to clients' online shopping list, calling clients to determine needs and wants, keeping shelves stocked, receiving and sorting food rescue and donations, filling supplemental food boxes for households with children, bringing grocery carts out to clients, cleaning and sanitizing.

Community Mediation & Restorative Services, IncMaple Grove

Assistance with outreach and support of outreach efforts, (distributing flyers, creating sharable social media ads, creating website content. We are open to virtual-only AmeriCorps members but would also like some who are available to help with in-person events.

Second Harvest HeartlandMaplewood

AmeriCorps members would help us make Summer Farmer’s Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP) possible by distributing Farmer’s Market coupons directly to qualified program participants, enrolling seniors in the CSFP program as well as ensuring their access to their monthly food box at our Maplewood Drive Thru distribution site.

McKinley CommunityMinneapolis

AmeriCorps members will assist with our Gardens and our CSA Program by distributing Food and care packages to community members, setting up for bigger food distributions, assisting with grant writing and reporting, marketing and communications (i.e. social media and email newsletters), assisting with establishing more community connections, office management, organizing and attending community outreach meetings and assisting with youth interns.

FRAYEOMinneapolis

The housing Navigators will connect families who are needing housing assistances find housing, help with emergency rental assistance applications, gather community housing resources, organize meetings and lead community conversations around housing. Emergency Resource Workers - bilingual position for someone who speaks both Somali and English and who can help connect resources to the families who call our emergency help hotline. The Youth Meals Services Manager will direct and coordinate volunteers in packaging and delivering meals for youth. The Meals Services Manager will oversee our meals program.

The Camden PromiseMinneapolis

Distribution of food to community and food pop-ups

Comunidades Organizando el Poder y la Acción Latina (or COPAL)Minneapolis

Communications and Flexible Support Role: this volunteer will support the organization's outreach and communications efforts, Employment Counselor Support: This volunteer will work in COPAL's upcoming Worker's Center, including resume and cover letter development, job application support, tax filing assistance, legal advocacy for victims of workers’ rights violations, resume and cover letter writing, and identifying opportunities for career growth.

Open Arms of MNMinneapolis

Work alongside the Farm Manager and Farm Assistant to complete a variety of tasks necessary for the production of vegetables for our meal program, help with social media, marketing, building maintenance, COVID Screening and assistance with grounds upkeep.

Conflict Resolution CenterMinneapolis

The AmeriCorps members will support application and navigation efforts for rental assistance benefits, support marketing and outreach efforts to individuals and families who need rental assistance and data entry.

IsuroonMinneapolis

The AmeriCorps members will complement our upcoming Covid-19 Emergency Rental Assistance (CERA) Project. They will work as a member of the Housing team to help the East African Community access rental assistance, help them navigate the system and complete the application.

Little Brothers - Friends of the ElderlyMinneapolis

AmeriCorps members will work to help support integrated outreach with promotional materials and specific communication tools to promote Coffee Talk to older adults and potential volunteers in Greater Minnesota, identify potential organizations and groups based on strategic fit, and when possible, meet in-person with community members.

Minneapolis Adult EducationMinneapolis

AmeriCorps member will work closely with Career pathways Coordinator to Support adult learners’ who are seeking employment and/or post-secondary education. The member will create student learning plans to evaluate the best pathway for student success and provide one-on-one employment/career readiness support through weekly virtual or face-to-face meetings.

New American Development CenterMinneapolis

AmeriCorps members will work with the team leader to oversee the overall program completion, organize bi-weekly team meeting, keep tracking the progress report.

AeonMinneapolis

Our AmeriCorps member will help Aeon navigate new policies and programs; assist with outreach to residents; help site and program staff with application completion, data entry, and processing; coordinate virtual and in-person office hours; and host socially distant outreach events at properties with the greatest need.

Joyce Uptown FoodshelfMinneapolis

As we increase our service to community residents with limited mobility, an AmeriCorps member will support outreach to more households. They will organize mobile outreach. The member will collaborate with staff to plan efficient processes for delivering and distributing food, and assist with volunteer recruitment, training and support for this expanded food distribution program.

Minneapolis Community and Technical CollegeMinneapolis

Assisting students with a broad range of challenges (e.g., housing, health care, mental health issues, child care, food support). Assisting with weekly food pantry and Second Harvest meals. Providing students with emergency CARES funds. Providing crisis referral support for students in collaboration with Counselors and Boynton Health Service on campus. Advising and connecting students in crisis with appropriate community support and services.

Minneapolis Park and Recreation BoardMinneapolis

The AmeriCorps member will work in the Community Connections and Violence Prevention Department. They will work as part of the team bringing Pop-Up parks to Minneapolis’ most underrepresented and underserved neighborhoods. They will also work with the Youth Council, develop communications plans to promote Pop-Ups, plan and facilitate activities, manage activity sign-ups for potential contact tracing, sanitize equipment between use, ensure mask wearing, and maintain social distancing.

YouthLinkMinneapolis

Duties for the AmeriCorps member include: developing, implementing and adapting current resources for mobile drop-in "triage" use , kits and services for delivery to young people at hot spots in the surrounding downtown area, instead of young people coming to the center; and development of virtual information message series created with the Voices of Youth Advisory Council for youth to access online.

Lake Agassiz Habitat for HumanityMoorhead

Construction technicians: no construction experience required; will be working on single family residential construction job sites. Business office role: ability to use MS Office suite, data base management and conduct general computer tasks; will be working at the business affiliate office.

The Food GroupNew Hope

Members will work with Twin Cities Mobile Market by assisting with the volunteer services program. Duties include: attending Twin Cities Mobile Market sales, helping to organize socially distanced lines, assisting community members with mobility issues by shopping for them, packing affordable grocery boxes. Members who will also support food recovery efforts and local foods programming at The Food Group by assisting in growing, gleaning, and rescuing of fresh produce to deliver to local food shelves.



Community Action Center

Northfield

This position would only better support our food access initiatives for mobile distribution and direct service in Northfield.

Christian Cupboard Emergency Food ShelfOakdale

Help coordinate food delivery requests (including answering calls, email inquiries and tracking requests) and manage our "choice rack" that is filled with culturally relevant food choices. These AmeriCorps members would also assist with occasional food distributions off-site, assist with our new "Today's Harvest free food market."

Interfaith Outreach & Community PartnersPlymouth

Housing/Financial Assistance – work 1:1 with clients experiencing homelessness or housing instability in creating and implementing housing search plans. Food Shelf Support/Program Communication – home delivery coordination. Great Expectations Program Coordination – support the Great Expectations Director as well as anchor partners, committees, and volunteers in various aspects of scheduling, programming and administration of the Great Expectations program.

Goodhue County Habitat For HumanityRed Wing

Assist with office organization, assist with supply/storage organization, assist with renewing contact with Habitat families and updating family information, assist with supporting families as needed (yard work, painting, etc), and assist with construction of homes for Habitat families.

C.A.R.E. ClinicRed Wing

The AmeriCorps member will assist with COVID-19 vaccination outreach and clinics by organizing registered nurses, volunteers, our current vaccine clinics, and assisting coordination of strike teams to vaccinate vulnerable members of 27 community residencies who currently do not have access to the vaccine. Other projects include: website design, updating our resource list, and increase outreach for all of our programs.

Headway Emotional Health ServicesRichfield

The AmeriCorps member will provide support for the following system-level children’s mental health activities: support development of resources, or tools, outlining the continuum of children’s mental health services in Hennepin County. Potential Activities: outreach and engagement of children’s mental health providers, assist in parent and youth engagement work, coordinate parent focus groups, and/or journey mapping with parents.

Hiawatha Homes FoundationRochester

The AmeriCorps member will work directly with our Social & Wellness Committee to plan and implement activities, update and maintain Volunteer Sign-Up pages, respond to volunteer inquiries and process volunteer applications and onboarding paperwork, create opportunities to respond to current needs/requests from the individuals we serve such as socializing, playing a game, reading a book, or going for a walk, assist with helping on outdoor projects.

Red Drop ResourcesRochester

We are looking for a storytelling/marketing individual who will assist with telling the stories of our patients and our organization to bring advocacy and awareness to current issues impacting cancer patients, including isolation and care giver burnout. Additionally, we are looking for a facilities coordinator to assist with coordination of current home for cancer patient experiencing financial strain.

Elder NetworkRochester

The AmeriCorps member will help with coordinating volunteers, connecting people to community resources over the phone and in person, resources distribution, social isolation mitigation through phone calls to clients in need, as well as through coordination of social events for clients and/or volunteers, and marketing support.

Presbyterian Homes and ServicesRoseville

We are looking for versatile individuals to assist in filling the gaps to maintain a high quality customer experience for the older adults we serve. This could include performing one-on-one visits; assisting lead activities; assisting in the facilitation of in-person or virtual visits; assisting with monitoring common space use; helping to ensure that non-personal care needs are being met; and assisting with events to ensure that they are safe for all.

Place of Hope MinistriesSaint Cloud

Support a 65 bed shelter by providing meals and shelter care, basic cleaning, meal prep, serving food, organization of food and supplies and other duties as assigned.

Central MN Habitat for HumanitySaint Cloud

The AmeriCorps member(s) will welcome and check in volunteers, carry out COVID-19 safety protocols, present the volunteer orientation, take pictures, and equip volunteers for each shift. They may also help with the daily safety training and participate in construction. They will also work on marketing projects and help us develop our volunteer orientation to include cultural awareness and racial equity education.

Scott Carver Dakota CAP Agency, Inc.Shakopee

2 AmeriCorps members will assist in the food shelf, including stocking, unloading pallets of food, packaging food boxes for client pickup, packaging food items for mobile food shelf delivery. This will include increasing cultural food options for our community. 1 AmeriCorps member to work on our Community Needs Assessment, marketing and communication to create greater awareness of our agency within the community.

Neighbors, Inc.South Saint Paul

Members in the food shelf will help us with communicating with our clients over the phone and bringing food to vehicles for curbside pick up. Members will help survey a community of people who are experiencing hunger and other needs. Members will help us complete a needs assessment which will help us create programs and services based on the expressed needs of the people.

Lenox Community Center

St. Louis Park

We received 50 computers that were given to older adults in St. Louis Park and we are expanding our Computer Buddies program to help these older adults learn and practice using their new device. This AmeriCorps member will be helping to connect older adults with needed technology to reduce isolation; helping to teach older adults to use new technology and assisting in recruiting and training volunteers.

Catholic Charities Emergency ServicesSt. Cloud

We will utilize the AmeriCorps members to assist us with providing food to those in need.

Ackerberg Family Sholom West CampusSt. Louis Park

Guest Services at the Care Center (fielding calls, organization) Unit Attendant (helping with meals, transport within the building for programs, one to one visits with residents, answering call lights). Assisted Living support (facilitating indoor visits for memory care, helping therapeutic recreation with running programs).

St. Louis Park Emergency Program-STEPSt. Louis Park

The AmeriCorps member will help with the logistics and follow-through of our beloved Back to School Program which provides 500 students with new school supplies and backpacks every year. The AmeriCorps member would collaborate with volunteers by setting up a new space for the program, sorting inventory, and working out a schedule that works for STEP staff, volunteers, and clients.

Senior Community Services - HOME Program for Wright & Sherburne CountiesSt. Michael

Assist with our roll out of a new service that provides technology support for seniors in Wright, Sherburne and Hennepin Counties. Assist with an initiative to communicate with Spanish speaking seniors in our service area. Tasks could include coordinating with community members, working with our DEI committee to re-work our forms and communications to include Spanish versions, help with day-to-day activities, mailers, flyers, etc.

Wilderness Inquiry

St. Paul

AmeriCorps members will be trained to work with small groups of students to facilitate a positive learning environment in the outdoors where students are exposed to fun, content-rich, hands-on, place-based learning activities. For example, they might lead teambuilding games, explore the endangered species in their zip code, and help students build their own water quality testing tube!

International Institute of MinnesotaSt. Paul

International Institute has three positions: Hospitality classroom and job readiness assistant, Refugee Housing Coordinator, The Immigration Services ERI AmeriCorps member

Literacy Minnesota: Open Door Learning CenterSt. Paul

Literacy Minnesota is proposing a Distance Learning and Digital Literacy Project for our Open Door Learning Centers that will involve three AmeriCorps Emergency Response Initiative (ERI) members. This summer we will be transitioning six adult learning centers from completely remote programming to hybrid programming – a mix of in-person and distance learning.

Literacy Minnesota: Digital Equity Project St. Paul

Literacy Minnesota is proposing a Digital Equity Project that will involve two AmeriCorps Emergency Response Initiative (ERI) members. The AmeriCorps members will provide digital literacy tutoring/mentoring and support and community needs assessment regarding digital navigation and digital literacy education needs across adult programming in Minnesota.

Ramsey County

St. Paul

AmeriCorps members will work in Ramsey County facilities addressing the needs of individuals experiencing homelessness. Positions include: Benefit and Housing Navigators, Shelter Services Support, and Shelter Assistance Staff.

Amherst H. Wilder FoundationSt. Paul

Daily Operations support to our ever changing clientele and volunteers (Packing & Delivering meals as needed, preparing/reviewing daily paperwork such as route sheets and packing lists to ensure accuracy, communicating client & volunteer changes as needed), be part of fine-tuning our daily operations as we transition to our new location, client communication, such as distributing menus/flyers with meals, rescheduling missed deliveries as well as supporting volunteer coordination.

BrightSide ProduceSt. Paul

We are looking for someone to help coordinate a unique farm stand program that we have established in underserved neighborhoods in Minneapolis. Duties include setting up stands, managing produce inventory, collaborating with community youth partners, coordinating activities with corner store owners, and surveying farm stand customers.

Minnesota Recovery ConnectionSt. Paul

This member will conduct outreach to businesses and other organizations that primarily serve East African community members and assist MRC in developing immediate recovery support services targeted at the needs of this population. The position will prepare outreach materials (print and digital), work with translators to make materials available in multiple languages, and assist staff in developing a recovery support services strategy.

CLUESSt. Paul

Assist with resource navigation for clients impacted by COVID-19. This includes working with clients to find access to things like jobs, food, diapers, utility assistance, etc. either by referring them to staff and programs within CLUES or by referring them to community partners and external programs, and assist with coordination of our pop-up food shelf program as well as other Food Access efforts.

Neighborhood HouseSt. Paul

Help pack and distribute emergency bags to families, in addition to unloading deliveries, accepting donations, and stocking the Food Market shelves. Members will also help with intakes and connect families with critical resources, assist housing Stability with the following tasks: attend housing court virtually and follow up with families as needed, attend pop up clinics and help prep for those events, maintain paperwork and data entry.

Theresa Living CenterSt. Paul

We are staffed 24 hours per day in our residential transitional housing program. We need the assistance of housing assistants to help staff, direct and assist clients on a daily basis. For scattered sites, clients often times need additional resources or life skills training that we offer during the summer to help them become tenant ready for moving into housing.

Feeding the DreamSt. Paul

This volunteer will assist in all of the food equity activities that Feeding the Dream is involved in. These include: bi-weekly food distributions, coordination efforts with other community partners, monthly community meals and food waste reduction efforts. The volunteer will support this work through volunteer management, event planning and management, database inventory and community outreach efforts.

Latino Economic Development CenterSt. Paul

Assist with the implementation and operation of CERA Program. Potentially, assist with time management and computer skills trainings for members of the Latinx community.

TC Habitat for Humanity ReStoreSt. Paul

Members will work on outreach, marketing and communication, and volunteer management. They will help support the ReStore and educate volunteers and the public about the mission.

Community PartnersTwo Harbors

This person would help deliver meals to homebound seniors. They would fill in for grocery and food distribution as needed. Their main purpose would be planning and seeing through social events either in-person or over Zoom. They would be doing the outreach to seniors for these events as well.

North St. Louis County Habitat for HumanityVirginia

Provide support to the construction Site Supervisor, assist site supervisor with preparing the site for daily construction activities, communicate progress frequently with affiliate office staff, perform various construction tasks as assigned by site supervisor, volunteer and homeowner build coordination.

Habitat for Humanity of West Central MNWillmar

On the build site, assist with new construction or rehab/remodel of our Habitat house. Other tasks might be to assist with landscaping at recently completed Habitat homes.

Habitat for Humanity Winona-Fillmore CountiesWinona

The AmeriCorps members will help lead our volunteer groups in the construction of a new home. Additionally, our organization will be working on approximately 10 repair and rehabilitation projects this summer. Examples include exterior home repair and painting, the replacement of doors and windows, roofing, the construction of wheelchair ramps, and interior modifications to help seniors remain safely in their homes.

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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.