Batesville Herald Tribune, Batesville, Indiana

July 2, 2013

Americorps looking for area personnel


The Batesville Herald-Tribune

---- — The American Red Cross Kentuckiana Region is currently accepting applications for the AmeriCorps National Preparedness and Response Corps. Selected members will complete projects that engage their service areas and build capacity through disaster education and various preparedness activities while building their professional skill base. Americorps leaders are actively recruiting for these service locations: Madison, Jeffersonville and Georgetown, Ind.; Louisville, Frankfort, Bowling Green and Madisonville, Ky.

NPRC members will go as a group to Washington, D.C., for national orientation Aug. 5-9; provide disaster education presentations to vulnerable populations in their service area; respond on national, regional and local disaster relief operations; serve as a local Disaster Action Team member; recruit, train, mentor and actively engage current and new volunteers in preparedness activities; assist with community partnerships and response readiness activities including shelter agreements; conduct extensive community outreach campaigns and serve as a key representatives to the Red Cross at community events; develop community contacts; network with local agencies; and act as a positive ambassador for the American Red Cross and NPRC.

Individuals must be willing to make an 11-month commitment (beginning Aug. 5) and complete 1,700 service hours.

During their time of service, NPRC members must be at least 18 at the start of the program; a U.S. citizen, U.S. national or lawful permanent resident alien; minimum education is a high school diploma or GED, college degree highly desired; have previous successful experience working with diverse populations, foreign language skills highly desired; have a current valid driver’s license and clean driving record; at least one year of volunteer or community service; excellent presentation and organizational skills and self-motivating positive attitudes; excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication skills; excellent public speaking skills; ability to deploy on national, regional and local disaster relief operations lasting up to three weeks in length; demonstrated professionalism, flexibility and initiative.

Benefits include up to a $15,000 living stipend for 11 months of service. Health insurance and food stamps are provided. Child care is available if eligible. Upon successful completion of the program, members will be eligible for a $5,500 education award.

More information is available by visiting www.AmeriCorps.gov or contacting Duncan Ewing at 502-561-3697 or duncan.ewing@redcross.org. Resumes and cover letters indicating a desired location should be submitted to his e-mail address. The application deadline is Friday, July 19.