The Program & the Impact:
United Way of King County is seeking 25 determined, passionate, and energetic problem solvers to commit to 10.5 months of service with the Housing Ready Crisis Resilient (Ready & Resilient) program. We believe that helping low-income families weather financial shocks is key to reducing homelessness and poverty. As a Ready & Resilient AmeriCorps, you will deliver interventions that help low-income people improve their housing and financial stability. Through trainings, you will learn to assist low-income families to get by (emergency financial assistance and income supports), get ahead (build savings), and stay ahead (improve credit and build assets).
This team will accelerate the impact of United Way’s work to lift 50,000 people out of poverty and reduce the unsheltered population by 50%. The team will provide interventions to 10,000 low-income people; help 3,000 economically disadvantaged individuals improve financial knowledge; and transition 1,500 people experiencing homelessness to housing. All members are placed in one of three service locations:
United Way Free Tax Campaign: United Way’s Free Tax Preparation Campaign is an anti-poverty movement embedded in a network of social service and governmental partners across King County. While all Ready & Resilient members become experts in tax preparation, two members will focus their service on growing this campaign in 2017-2018 to serve more people. As an integral part of the small but mighty internal team at United Way, you will be involved with leading large scale volunteer recruitment efforts, developing outreach strategies through community partnerships, presenting to stakeholders on key issue areas, and providing on the ground leadership at service locations.
Community Colleges: Increasing the number of low-income students who complete certificate, degree, and apprenticeship programs is a proven strategy for moving people out of poverty. On a community college campus, you will serve as resource experts to assist students in navigating complicated systems to access benefits and income supports. You will directly respond to the needs of students and influence systems change by launching college food pantries, free legal clinics, financial literacy workshops, and financial aid campaigns. A key part of your service will include establishing facilitated self-assistance labs on campus where students can come for FAFSA and tax prep assistance.
Regional Access Points: In partnership with key homeless service providers across the county, Coordinated Entry for All (CEA) works to ensure that people experiencing a housing crisis have fair and equal access and are quickly identified, assessed for, and connected to housing and assistance based on their strengths and needs. As a member at a regional access point (RAP), you will meet directly with clients, often doing quick problem solving to find immediate housing solutions. You will not only bring additional benefits and resources to your service site, but also take on a key role at the United Way Community Resource Exchange.
Your Role and What You Will Learn:
As a Ready & Resilient AmeriCorps, you will be placed at a community college campus or regional access point. All members will also serve at one or more free tax prep locations, and two members will serve full-time with the Free Tax Prep Campaign. While the day-to-day experience of each site varies, all members will:
- Promote savings for low-income individuals
- Become an expert in emergency financial assistance and income supports
- Support the growth of the United Way Free Tax Campaign by becoming a certified volunteer tax preparer
- Provide financial coaching to low-income people to achieve personal financial goals
- Identify barriers to success and develop creative solutions for people experiencing financial shock or crisis
- Develop strong working relationships between key partners in our communit
Through your term of service, you will become an expert on the priority areas of Ending Homelessness and Financial Stability. United Way will also provide professional development trainings on leadership, safety, public speaking, and other valuable topics. As a part of the broader financial stability team, you will be connected to learn alongside 40+ other UWKC AmeriCorps members fighting poverty in our community.
The Ready & Resilient team will be a powerful force of 23 members and 2 AmeriCorps leaders. You will also be supported by the internal team at United Way, providing you with guidance, tools, and resources that you will need to succeed. Members are deployed to service sites throughout the county where you will serve independently or in partnership with another member of your team, in addition to staff at the service site. The whole Ready & Resilient team comes back together for monthly meetings to provide support and share best practices.
Preferred Skills and Qualifications:
- Passionate social justice advocate
- Driven to end poverty in our region
- Cultural humility and experience working with diverse populations
- Interest in learning new skills and implement knowledge in educating others
- Flexibility! Managing multiple tasks of competing priorities, doing what it takes to get things done in a fast-paced environment
- Enthusiastic team player and critical thinker
- Eager to take initiative and step into a leadership role
- Comprehensive understanding of systemic causes of poverty and racial inequities
- Second language skill is highly desirable
- Experience in a community college setting a plus
- Must be at least 18 years of age
- Must be a US citizen, national or legal permanent resident alien of the US
- Must be available 40 hours a week for 5 days a week starting September 16, 2017 through July 31, 2018
- Must go through a WA State Patrol background check, FBI Background check and National Sex Offender Registry Check, plus state of residence background check if not living in WA currently
- F1 VISAS are not sufficient
Benefits to joining the team:
- Monthly living stipend of $1,202 (pretax) as well as loan deferment on qualified student loans during your service
- Payment of interest on qualified student loans that are accrued during service term
- Health benefits that meet minimum standards of ACA compliance
- ORCA card (metro transportation)
- Eligible for a $5,775 Education Award upon successful completion of service
- 8 days of sick leave, 8 days of personal leave
- Opportunity to be a part of a an innovative, high-impact program
- Working across teams of various community organizations
- Gain valuable personal and professional development experience
- In-service trainings combined with other AmeriCorps teams
Follow the links on this page to submit a resume and a cover letter indicating your preference among United Way Free Tax Campaign, Community College. or Regional Access Point sites. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, with preference given to early applicants. Please submit application material as soon as possible for consideration.