COVID Containment AmeriCorps Program

Colorado’s COVID Containment Response Corps (CCRC) is a statewide effort engaging local public health agencies, non-profit organizations and business leaders across the state to contain the spread of COVID-19. At the heart of this effort are national service members who have provided disaster relief assistance to the CCRC’s efforts since June 2020. For this project, Community Resource Center and Conservation Legacy will draw on their experience recruiting and managing AmeriCorps members to find individuals who want to get involved and make a difference in Colorado’s containment of COVID-19.

About the CCRC

Amid statewide and national shutdowns, the state of Colorado piloted a program during the summer of 2020 utilizing AmeriCorps members to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Community Resource Center and Conservation Legacy were invited to help design and implement a national service opportunity in partnership with Colorado’s Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE), AmeriCorps’ VISTA team in the Mountain Region, Gary Community Investments and Conservation Legacy.

Colorado’s Public Health agencies are leading COVID containment efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19, keep our communities healthy and our economy running. When outbreaks occur, Local Public Health Agencies (LPHAs) need immediate surge capacity to efficiently notify and support the increased number of cases in their community. In collaboration with our statewide partners, Community Resource Center and Conservation Legacy designed this national service opportunity for AmeriCorps members to serve within the Colorado COVID Containment Response Corps (CCRC) Team, led by CDPHE, and provide the surge capacity communities need to support case investigation, contact tracing, resource coordination, test result notification, isolation and quarantine monitoring, and other activities to contain the spread of COVID-19 within Colorado. 

AmeriCorps 

AmeriCorps engages approximately 75,000 individuals each year at service locations across the country. AmeriCorps programs do more than move communities forward; they serve their members by creating jobs and providing pathways to opportunity as they enter the workforce. AmeriCorps members learn valuable skills, earn money for education, and develop a strong sense of civic responsibility. Serve Colorado, which promotes service and volunteerism through AmeriCorps Colorado, early literacy initiatives and  Days of Service,  has championed this national service opportunity.

Preference will be given to candidates that apply prior to the deadlines below. Spots will be filled by qualified candidates on a first come, first serve basis.

Deadline to Apply Service Start Date Estimated Service End Date
November 13, 2020 November 30, 2020 August 9, 2021
December 13, 2020  January 6, 2021 September 15, 2021

AmeriCorps Member Benefits Include: 

  • A living allowance of up to $16,200 (disbursed in equal payments every two weeks)
  • An Eli Segal AmeriCorps Education Award of $4,336.50 upon successful program completion
    • For members at least 55 years of age, ability to transfer ed award to a child, step-child, foster-child, grandchild, or step-grandchild 
  • Forbearance and accrued interest payment for eligible student loans. 
  • Professional Development, an extensive Alumni network

Training: 

CDPHE will serve as the primary, virtual host site for the program which has been designed to ensure members have the support needed to succeed in this entirely remote position. A background in Public Health is not required as AmeriCorps members will receive extensive training from CDPHE to prepare them to support the state’s COVID Containment efforts. Members will serve on a team of 5-10 people, under the supervision of a Team Leader (CDPHE staff member). 

This project demonstrates the power of national service collaborating to meet pressing community needs in times of disaster. Candidates should note: as this is a disaster relief position the workload can fluctuate significantly based on infection rates and community need. In this unprecedented, evolving pandemic, public health circumstances can change quickly and unexpectedly. Members will receive cross-training in a variety of skills to be deployed as needed to best support LPHAs and the day to day service activities may vary as best suits the needs of the community.

For residents of Colorado:

Read the full member position description here.

Apply for this position here.

For non-Colorado residents:

Read the full member position description and apply for this position here.

About Community Resource Center

Established in 1981, Community Resource Center (CRC) creates opportunities, tools, and strategies to develop nonprofits and community groups to strengthen Colorado. We believe in the power of the nonprofit sector to affect change and support thriving communities. We envision a strong and sustainable nonprofit sector leading our state towards a more just future.

About Conservation Legacy

Conservation Legacy provides support for local conservation and community service programs under the leadership of a national organization, delivering high quality programming in communities across the country to produce enduring impact through local action. In 2019, Conservation Legacy engaged over 2,200 youth, young adults and veterans in conservation, restoration and community development projects and contributed 1.2 million hours of service to the nation. Conservation Legacy programs engage participants on diverse conservation and community service projects that provide opportunities for personal and professional development and meet the high priority needs of public land managers and community partners. Working in close collaboration with partners across the country, Conservation Legacy advances goals of increasing opportunities in conservation, stewardship, national service and workforce development.

For more information, please contact:

Katy Sawyer, Associate Director of AmeriCorps Programs
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