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            Engaged in
                 Redefining a
                     Vision for
SERVE NNE                 Education
             Northern New England
   Welcome to SERVE Northern New England!

This slideshow will take about 30 minutes and will tell you the basics of
what you need to know to become a SERVE NNE program member!

•This is an AmeriCorps Education Award Program (EAP) for Maine,
New Hampshire, and Vermont college students engaged in service in their

•AmeriCorps EAPs provide an incentive for students to go above and
beyond what they are doing to make an even greater difference in the
community (for example, a student currently volunteering 220 hours as a
mentor can sign up for a 300 hour award and become a mentoring

The program’s goal: allow members to 1) develop service plans that meet
real community needs 2) recruit, train, and sustain volunteers 3) develop and
support community partnerships.
Before we get too far, let’s get
    a few terms straight:



        •Campus Compact
                  Term #1: AmeriCorps

You will be serving as an AmeriCorps Member. So what is AmeriCorps?

•AmeriCorps  is a network of national service programs that engage more than
75,000 Americans each year in intensive service to meet critical needs in
education, public safety, health, and the environment.

•AmeriCorps  members serve through more than 2,100 nonprofits, public
agencies, and faith-based organizations. They tutor and mentor youth, build
affordable housing, teach computer skills, clean parks and streams, run after-
school programs, and help communities respond to disasters.

 In 2008, AmeriCorps members served over 718 million hours
 and recruited over 2.2 million volunteers!
            A Brief History of National Service

1930’s- President Franklin D. Roosevelt creates the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC).

1940’s- The GI Bill links service and education, offering educational opportunity to
people who serve the nation during World War II.

1961- President Kennedy creates the Peace Corps.

1964- As part of the War on Poverty, President Johnson creates VISTA (Volunteers In
Service To America), giving Americans opportunities to serve full-time to help thousands
of low-income communities.

1960’s- Senior Service Corps Programs Created.

1985- National Campus Compact is born at Brown University.
                      National Service History
1990- President Bush signs the National and Community Service Act of 1990. the
legislation authorizes grants to schools to support service-learning and demonstration
grants to national service programs.

1992- The National Civilian Conservation Corps (NCCC) is established to help
communities negatively affected by military downsizing.

1993- President Bill Clinton signs the National and Community Service Trust Act of
1993, creating AmeriCorps and the Corporation for National and Community Service
(CNCS), which adopts VISTA and NCCC.

2000- The ranks of AmeriCorps members grow to more than 175,000. AmeriCorps
celebrates the 35th anniversary of VISTA.

2002- President George W. Bush creates USA Freedom Corps and calls on all Americans
to dedicate at least two years to service.
         Term #2: Corporation for National and
              Community Service (CNCS)
AmeriCorpsis federally funded through the Corporation for National and
Community Service (CNCS) in Washington D.C.

In addition to AmeriCorps, CNCS also manages Learn & Serve and Senior Corps

75,000 AmeriCorps       members will serve communities throughout the U.S. and
territories each year.
                     CNCS (continued)
                       How does Structure:
                      Programthe money flow?

    Corporation for National and Community Service

  Learn & Serve              AmeriCorps              Senior Corps
       K-12                     *VISTA                   RSVP
 Higher Education                NCCC             Senior Companions
Community Partners         State & National       Foster Grandparents

                      Vermont Campus Compact
                           (grant recipient)
                       "Strengthening the Civic
                       Purposes of Higher Ed"

                       Your College/University

            Term #3: Campus Compact

              National Campus Compact
Across the country there are 35 states who have joined Campus
Compact, and over 1,100 institutions that participate.

So, what do the state Campus Compacts do?
•Improve quality of teaching and learning in higher education.
•Provide leadership to reinvigorate civic & moral leadership of higher
education in ways that connect campuses and communities.
•Promote citizenship education by training students not only for
careers, but for their roles as active and engaged community members.
               Campus Compact (continued)

Maine Campus Compact (MCC) is a statewide coalition of 19 college and university
presidents established to encourage and enhance the civic mission of higher education.
MCC encourages campus/community partnerships that build on the strengths of
communities and higher education institutions to address significant social and
environmental problems. MCC fosters educational models, including service-learning,
that develop the knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary to solve these problems over
the long term.
            Campus Compact (continued)

Campus Compact for New Hampshire (CCNH) is a statewide coalition of college and
university presidents and private sector partners who are united in their commitment to
the civic purposes of higher education.

The mission of CCNH is to be a catalyst to integrate community service and civic
responsibility throughout the academic and student life goals of its member institutions.
              Campus Compact (continued)

Vermont Campus Compact (VCC) is a statewide coalition of college and university
presidents, established to promote the integration of public service into the academic,
student life and civic goals of member institutions.

VCC presidents and their institutions strive to meet community needs by fostering
partnerships that provide opportunities for civic engagement, service and leadership.
                  Who will I work with?

• Your Site Supervisor- Probably the person giving you this orientation
  today! They will help you create your project plan, complete paperwork
  and find a community partner.

• Community Partner- For most folks they will be at the actual location
  where you do direct service.

• AC Programs Coordinator- This person works at Vermont Campus
  Compact and runs the program in all three states. She works with your
  supervisor (and sometimes you) to make sure your paperwork is correct
  and timely!!

• Faculty, other students, and community members- these folks will be
  involved in your project as guides, co-workers and volunteers.
              Okay, so I’m into it.
          What kind of things do we do?

1) Direct Service (getting things done)
2) Strengthening Communities (Building campus/community
3) Recruit and manage campus volunteers (Expanding
    opportunities for students to serve and for community
    organizations to address community needs)
             What can I count for hours?
• Direct Service Projects- (both ongoing and one-time) For emergency
  rescue and hotline work, only hours engaged in service (responding
  to a call, follow-up, stocking equipment etc.) will count.
• Off-Campus Work Study positions- This must be a position that
  addresses a community need. For example, an America Reads work-
  study position would count, NOT a position at the residence hall front
  desk or library.
• Service-Learning Projects
• Internships- as long as they address a community need and do not fall
  under Prohibited Activities. Students counting internship hours must
  also show how they are doing community work above and beyond
  required hours.
• Alternative break trips- For service inside this country and only time
  engaged in service counts- you can not count 24 hours for each day
  you are on an alternative break trip.
• Planning time for your service activities
                    Create your own position!
It can be anything that fits under these areas:
• Human Needs
• Health
• Public Safety
• The Environment
• Education

           Or… join an established program!
Some supervisors and community partners have programs set up just for AmeriCorps
Education Award Members like you – just ask them!
 A few examples of what SERVE AmeriCorps
    EAP Members have done in the past:
• Serving on a volunteer rescue squad
• Working with education programs at a homeless shelter
• Implementing renewable energy practices on a sustainable
  organic farm
• Developing service-learning projects with K-12 classes
• Planning and leading alternative break trips
              What you can’t get hours for:
Please note: You may do many of these activities as a US citizen.
However, you may not do these activities as an AmeriCorps
representative or while earning AmeriCorps hours.

• Lobbying, Influencing Legislation
•Grant writing or fundraising for operational expenses at the nonprofit agency
→However, members can fundraise for specific service projects, solicit in-
kind donations, and plan community education events that are also
fundraisers (such as a Hunger Banquet). No more than 10% of a member’s
hours can come from fundraising!
• Proselytizing, teaching religion, worship services
• Promoting / deterring labor organizations or interfering with collective
bargaining agreements
• Protests, demonstrations, boycotts, strikes
What you can’t get hours for (continued):
• Voter registration drives or transporting people to the polls
• Participating in partisan political activity or advocating for or against
political parties or candidates
• Working at for-profit institutions, unions, political organizations (no hours
for helping Bernie Sanders start a union at IBM)
• Unsafe Activities (fun with handguns, cliff-diving, etc.)
→However, ropes courses and Challenge by Choice activities are allowed.
• Displacing current employees
•Service outside of this country

OK, I understand the terms and guidelines of this program, so
what will I need to do as an AmeriCorps member? Well….
    What you need to do to be a SERVE NNE
    AmeriCorps Member: Part 1 - Eligibility


•   17 years old or older

•Earned a GED or high school diploma or are working toward one of the two and
will have received it by the end of the service term

•   United States citizen or permanent resident

•   Student on a CCNH, MCC, or VCC member campus
   What you need to do to be a SERVE NNE
    AmeriCorps Member: Part 2 - Program
                    Paperwork Requirements
                 All paperwork can be found online @:
 •ROS- AmeriCorps Education Award members must fill out monthly Records
 of Service (ROS). Members should send their ROS to their SITE
 SUPERVISORS for signature. The timesheet portion of the ROS should be
 completed ON the computer using the original excel spreadsheet (it will do the
 math for you!)
 •Site Supervisors will send ROS to VCC within 15 days of the end of the
 month. This is VERY important!

 •Member Reports (one five months into your service, and the second at the
 end of your service). These reports may be submitted on-line.

 Your site supervisor will review paperwork in greater detail with you after you
 finish this orientation.
       What you need to do to be a SERVE NNE
               AmeriCorps Member:
             Part 3 - Training and Service
•Training- All Members must complete three training events (this Orientation counts as
one). The trainings must be documented on the Training Log, due at the end of your
service. If you are wondering whether a particular event will count, contact the
VCC AmeriCorps Programs Coordinator.
     Up to 20% of your hours can come from training, which include-
     1) Class-time related to your direct service
     2) Professional conferences or workshops

•Service- And of course, the reason you’re here. All members commit between 300
– 900 hours of service in order to make a difference in their community.

   So when I complete my service I get an “Ed Award”. What’s that? Well…
                         The Education Award:

There are five different Education Award options with SERVE Northern New England:

              900 hours / two or one yrs / $2362.00
              675 hours- one yr/ $1800.00
              450 hours / one yr / $1250.00
              300 hours / one yr / $1000.00

FACT: Your term ends one year from your start date, it does not have to correspond with a
calendar or academic year. Members do not have to take the whole year and can finish
their service as soon as they complete all hours and paperwork.
FACT: Your education award counts as taxable income in the year that you use it.
             The Education Award (continued)

FACT: Members have 7 years after the end of their term of service to use their education
award. You do not have to use it at your current school.
FACT: Members will receive their education award about 6 weeks after completing
hours and submitting their final paperwork.

FACT: This is not a check, but an Education Award Voucher!
•Members   can use their voucher to repay qualified student loans such as the Stafford,
Perkins, Federal Direct/Indirect or for current or future education expenses at any Title
IV school.
•You will get your voucher through the My AmeriCorps Portal online at:

You should watch the education award tutorial linked to on the VCC Education
Award homepage. This will help you understand how to best maximize your
education award.
                The Education Award (continued)
                                     You must complete the hours that you committed to at the
               Can I get             beginning of the term.
               a Partial             So, if I sign up for 450 hours and only complete
               Award?                300 hours?
                                     You will not be able to receive a 300 hour award.

                                     What if I sign up for 300 hours and complete
                                     900 hours?
                                     While you will earn our respect and a pat on the back, we
                                     can only give you a 300 hour award.
So, what if I want to change         So, what if there is an emergency and I can’t
my term of service?                  complete my hours?
To change your term of service,      There are personal and compelling circumstances such as
you must fill out a Change of        a personal illness or a family illness. If this were to occur,
Service form in the first two        or you could get a partial award (as long as you had
months of your service.              completed 15% of your hours). You could also be put on
Changes are not guaranteed and       suspension so that this time wouldn’t count towards your
are contingent on available spaces   year of service. Going abroad or getting a new job does
and impact on project site.          not count as personal and compelling circumstances.
          The Education Award (continued)
 How many awards can I get?
 You may receive two AmeriCorps Education Awards in your lifetime, regardless
 of the amount of the award. If you sign up and do not finish your hours, this will
 still count as one of your two awards.

 Loan Forbearance and Interest Accrual
 AmeriCorps members can put student loans on forbearance during their
 service and have portion of their interest paid. If you are interested in this,
 please contact the VCC AmeriCorps Programs Coordinator.

                   FACT: Your education award can be used for your
transfer           education or student loans only, you can not transfer it
                   to someone else.
                       Random Last Bits

• Remember, you have exactly one year to complete your service and then 5
days after the end of your term to finish your paperwork and get it to your
•Of course you know, this is a Drug-free workplace. If a member receives a
felony drug conviction after successfully completing their service term that
member loses their education award.

• Your Service Agreement will contain a grievance / release procedures. Please
read and be familiar with this procedure.
                 So, what do I do now?
 Review paperwork requirements with your site supervisor
 Initial and sign the orientation checklist
 Make sure that you have indicated your start date and term of service and
 your supervisor has signed your Service Agreement.
 Bring a copy of proof of eligibility to your site supervisor. (This must be on
 the list of acceptable documents. A social security card does not count!)
 Mail your application and a proof of eligibility to the VCC office. Be sure
 that everything is complete, and you have all necessary signatures!!

ONLY once you have completed the items above, can you begin
counting hours. A confirmation email will arrive soon.
                  There’s one more thing left to do…
                    The AmeriCorps Pledge
I will get things done for America- to make our
people safer, smarter, and healthier.
I will bring Americans together to strengthen our
Faced with apathy, I will take action.
Faced with conflict, I will seek common ground.
Faced with adversity, I will persevere.
I will carry this commitment with me this year and beyond.
I am an AmeriCorps member and I will get things done.