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Member Benefits

Campus Arrival and Departure Travel

AmeriCorps NCCC covers transportation to and from the campus, at the beginning and end of the service term. Most members travel by air. If a member cannot or will not fly, campus staff must be contacted to determine other travel options. Travel is booked by the campus. More details regarding travel are dispersed after an applicant is officially invited to a campus.

Some campuses allow personal vehicles and others do not. Campuses provide this information when an applicant is officially invited to a campus and successfully completes medical and legal clearances. Members cannot take personal vehicles on projects “SPIKE.”

Food, Lodging and Transportation

AmeriCorps NCCC provides food, lodging and travel throughout the service term.

Food

Team Leaders manage the food budget for the team. Team Leaders can appoint a food/meal POC or implement a grocery committee if desired.

Typically, teams create a cooking schedule and prepare meals for the entire team. Special dietary needs or preference must be supplemented by the member. Food budgets are sufficient but not extravagant so flexibility and economy are important.

Lodging

Teams lodge in a variety of locations and facilities arranged by NCCC staff and/or project sponsors. Examples include: tents, church basement, apartment, extended stay hotel, a different NCCC campus or military base. Sharing rooms and bathrooms with teammates is common.

Transportation

A 15-passenger van is provided for team travel throughout the service term. The van is primarily used to get the team to and from project sites, to and from campus and to the grocery. Members from each team volunteer to become certified drivers. Certified drivers must attend a driver’s class and take a driver’s test at the campus. Only NCCC certified drivers are permitted to drive the van or other government issued vehicles.

Living Allowance

Corps Members receive a modest living allowance totaling approximately $4,000 for the 10 months of service (roughly $180 every two weeks, before taxes). Team Leaders receive a living allowance totaling approximately $12,000 for 11 months of service (roughly $500 every two weeks, before taxes).

AmeriCorps NCCC team taking a much needed break overlooking mountain lake.

 

Education Award

Members are eligible to receive the Segal AmeriCorps Education Award upon successful completion of the program. Successful completion of NCCC is defined as service for a ten-month term and a minimum of 1,700 service hours. Pro‐rated awards may be available for early departures from AmeriCorps NCCC, depending on the circumstances.

The education award may be applied to future school costs or to existing qualified student loans. As of October 1st 2017, the award amount is $5,920, however when Congress increases the maximum amount of the Pell Grant, the education award also increases. The Education Award may be applied to future school costs or to existing qualified students loans. The Education Award is subject to federal taxes in the year payment is made. 

Members are eligible to receive up to two full education awards in any national service position, including AmeriCorps NCCC, AmeriCorps VISTA and AmeriCorps State/National (equivalent to 1700 hours of service). Two full Education Awards can be paid over multiple terms of service. For example, a member can complete one or more Half-Time (900 hours or less) service terms. There is no limit on the number of service terms a member can serve with AmeriCorps NCCC, however a member cannot receive more than two full education awards.

Personal Days

Members have three (3) paid personal leave days. The use of personal days must be approved by the Team Leader and Unit Leader. Service hours are not counted on personal days.

Sick days do not count as personal leave days, and are granted as needed.

Members also have two (2) paid days of leave to be used for “Life after AmeriCorps” activities (such as applying for colleges or jobs, interviewing, taking tests like the ACT, SAT, LSAT, or GRE, or writing a résumé).

Members are responsible for making up the service hours missed while on personal or sick leave. Members may also request additional time off, but any additional time requested will be without pay and at the campus Region Director’s discretion.

Additional Benefits

Health Care

Members are covered by the AmeriCorps NCCC Healthcare Benefits Plan administered by the International Medical Group (IMG). The plan is available to members at no cost and covers most non-routine medical services, limited preventative care visits (e.g. an annual ob-gyn visit for women), medical emergencies, surgical and hospitalization expenses and certain prescription drug costs. The AmeriCorps NCCC Healthcare Benefits Plan is not insurance, but rather a basic health benefit package, and will not satisfy the individual responsibility requirement of the ACA.

The plan does not cover pre-existing conditions or routine dental care. For more information about the AmeriCorps NCCC Health Benefit Plan, please visit https://americorpsNCCC.imglobal.com.

Federal Student Loan Forbearance

Forbearance is an option to defer payments on qualified (federal, non-private) student loan(s) while serving in AmeriCorps NCCC. Interest will continue to accrue on loans during the service year however, upon successful completion of AmeriCorps NCCC, the Corporation for National and Community Service Trust will pay said interest. Interest payments are considered taxable and are reported to the IRS.

Forbearance does not take effect until program enrollment (arrival on campus and in-processing completion). The member is responsible for any loan payments due before arriving on campus, at which point he/she can apply for forbearance.

Child Care Allowance

Child care allowance is available to members who are custodial or joint-custodial parents. The allowance is for expenses related to day care. Members who qualify for this benefit need to complete the necessary forms and provide proof of dependent children (i.e., birth certificate). More information about the Child Care Allowance application process can be found at http://www.americorpschildcare.com/ or call 1-855-886-0687.

Children are not allowed to accompany members during the service term.

Life after AmeriCorps (LAA)

AmeriCorps NCCC staff and Team Leaders support members throughout the service term to prepare for “Life after AmeriCorps”.

Campus staff provide trainings and resources for developing résumés, improving interview skills, managing money, starting a non-profit, going to school, pursuing careers in disaster response, exploring short-term adventures and a range of other possible next steps.

Campuses may host a Life after AmeriCorps Opportunity Fair or implement goal-setting exercises for members to record and track goals throughout the service term. Campuses may also have a designated Life after AmeriCorps representative staff to provide guidance and answer questions.

Holiday

AmeriCorps NCCC observes all official federal holidays. Any such holiday that occurs during the service term is considered paid time off. The residence halls remain open during such breaks for members who wish to stay on campus. Members are responsible for any travel and transportation expenses during breaks.

Please note: Teams may work on a holiday if the project sponsor organization requests so, if it is cost-effective for travel, or if a team is called on a disaster relief assignment. Disaster relief is a high priority for AmeriCorps NCCC and teams may be required to respond to a disaster at any time during their service term (including during previously scheduled holidays/breaks). This may alter published calendars, approved leave requests and flight reservations.

There are several mandatory “All Corps Service Days” that may fall on a Saturday or holiday, and members are expected to participate regardless. On All Corps Service Days, the entire Corps participates in a selected service project.

College Credit

AmeriCorps NCCC currently offers undergraduate college credit for the following courses: Introduction to Service Learning (3 credit hours) and Diversity in Service (3 credit hours). A course in Core Supervisory Skills (3 credit hours) is available for Team Leaders. All courses require classroom, field work and a final exam.

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