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