Americorps Wellness Advocate- Senior Wellness & Health Ambassador
Orlando, FL Americorps
Description

Service Term: November, 2021 – July, 2022

Service Type: 1200 service hours

FLSA Status: Exempt 


SERVICE SUMMARY

AmeriCorps Senior Health and Wellness, has been designed to combat social isolation and loneliness felt by seniors and disabled adults. The goal is to improve the overall health of seniors through a variety of approaches by promoting mental, physical and emotional well-being through social connections. This program will utilize AmeriCorps members who will be stationed at host/partner sites such as senior and community centers across four central Florida counties; Brevard, Orange, Osceola and Seminole. SRA AmeriCorps members will be assisting in facilitating a number of evidence-based activities aimed at increasing social connections and improving health (mental and physical) amongst seniors and disabled adults. AmeriCorps members will function as part of a community team, helping the health and wellness specialists. Members will participate in community service projects to enhance the impact the program has on health and wellness in the community.


MEMBER SERVICE:

  • Member will engage seniors and invite them to participate in trainings organized by SRA
  • Members will conduct Pre activity assessments, surveys, and interviews with the assigned participants.
  • Members will provide one-on-one assistance to seniors during training.
  • Members will conduct Post activity assessments, surveys, and interviews with the assigned participants.
  • Members will analyze the progressive outcomes of the direct data collection and record using a variety of methods to help support the seniors and inform the organization.
  • Members will provide continued support and engagement with the seniors that have participated in the training.
  • Members will participate in team meetings to receive professional development and training, and participate in health and wellness focused service projects.


MEMBER TERM OF SERVICE: 

This is a half time AmeriCorps national direct service position. To fulfill this position, the member: 

1. Commits to completing a minimum of 1200 service hours during the service year (November, 2021 – July, 2022). At least 80% of member time will be spent doing direct service, and 20% can be spent in training.

2. Understands that in order to successfully complete the term of service (as defined by the Program and consistent with regulations of AmeriCorps and to be eligible for the education award, he/she must: 

  1. Serve a minimum of 1200 hours time
  2. Satisfactorily completes Pre-Service Orientation (PSO) 
  3. Satisfactorily completes service assignments as defined in the member position description and determined by the NH Program Site.

ORIENTATION AND TRAINING:

Members will receive national service and SRA organizational orientation as well as participate in required AmeriCorps Member training. Orientation will cover SRA and AmeriCorps Policies and Procedures, prohibited activities in detail (including HIPAA, non-displacement and non-duplication, the Hatch Act, etc.), and pertinent community partner and site information. Training will include but not limited to: American Red Cross First Aid and CPR; Diversity Awareness and Appreciation; Disability Awareness & Etiquette; and Introduction to Disaster Preparedness. Additional training will include Life after AmeriCorps and SRA senior wellness topics. Ongoing required education, training and service projects will be scheduled throughout the service term.


MEMBER BENEFITS:

The member in this position will receive from the SRA program the following benefits:

1. Living Allowance in the amount of $694.40 paid biweekly during the service year term. 

a. The living allowance is taxable and taxes will be deducted directly from the living allowance.

b. The living allowance is not a wage. It is intended to provide for expenses a member incurs while actively serving and is not linked to the number of hours a member serves. A member who completes his/her term of service early or will receive the portion of the living allowance that would be provided for that period of participation under the program’s living allowance distribution policy (a member who leaves in the first week (or first ½) of a pay period receives ½ a stipend; a member who leaves early in the second week (or second ½) of a pay period receives a full stipend). Members who end their service early will not be eligible for the remaining amount of their living allowance, either in “lump sum” or incremental payments. A member may not receive a living allowance if they are suspended by the program.

2. Education Award. Upon successful completion of the member’s term of service, the member may be eligible to receive an education award from the National Service Trust. For successful completion of a three quarter term of service (1200 hours), the member will receive a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award in the amount of $3172.50. The member understands that he/she may not receive more than the amount equal to the total value of two education awards for full-time service from the National Service Trust, regardless of the stream of service in which the member serves.

3. Loan Forbearance Interest: If the member has received forbearance on a qualified student loan during the term of service, and the member successfully completes the term of service, the National Service Trust will repay a portion or all of the interest that accrued on the loan during the term of service. After a member is enrolled in e-grants by the Program Director, they may use the CNCS web-based system to apply for loan forbearance. Senior Resource Alliance is not responsible for following through with private lenders. 

4. Professional Development: Grow personally and professionally- Learn and grow while giving back to the community. Individuals who serve with AmeriCorps build new skill sets that they can take with them wherever they go.


Requirements

MEMBER QUALIFICATION:

  • In order to be eligible to serve in this position, a person must meet the following requirements:
  • Must be at least 18 years of age by the time training begins;
  • Must be a United States citizen or National or have a permanent resident visa.
  • Must have a high school diploma or an equivalency certificate (or agree to obtain a high school diploma or its equivalent before using an education award) and must not have dropped out of elementary or secondary school in order to enroll as an AmeriCorps member (unless enrolled in an institution of higher education on an ability to benefit basis and is considered eligible for funds under section 484 of the Higher Education Act of 1965, 20 U.S.C. 1091), or who has been determined through an independent assessment conducted by the Program to be incapable of obtaining a high school diploma or its equivalent;
  • Must have complied with AmeriCorps required criminal history checks including 1) a State Criminal Registry Check of the AmeriCorps designated repository in both the state in which the program operates and the state in which the member resided at the time they applied to the program; 2) a nationwide fingerprint based FBI background check; and 3) a Department of Justice National Sex Offender Registry Check. The member understands that if the results of the required criminal history checks reveal that they are subject to a state sex offender registration requirement and/or have been convicted of homicide (1st, 2nd or 3rd degree) they will be ineligible to serve in the Program. The member also understands they will have the opportunity to review and dispute the findings from the criminal history check.
  • Must submit valid forms of  documentation to prove date of birth and citizenship/naturalization/resident alien status and must have a valid government issued photo identification;
  • Must disclose any history of having been released from another AmeriCorps program; failure to do so will render one ineligible to receive the education award;
  • Must submit evidence that they successfully completed any previous AmeriCorps terms, if applicable;
  • Must furnish all other documentation deemed appropriate by the program and host service site.


SERVICE ENVIRONMENT:

The incumbent generally serves in an office environment or virtual office (if required and/or allowed on a case by case basis), uses computers, telephone and other office equipment as needed to perform duties. The noise level in the environment is usually moderate. 

Sedentary work primarily involves sitting and standing. Required to use repetitive hand motion, talk, handle, reach, hear, bend or lift up to 20 pounds. 

The physical demands are representative of those that must be met to successfully perform the essential functions of this role. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


EOE/M/F/Vet/Disabled

Employment Status of AmeriCorps members in this Position 

For guidance related to the employment status of AmeriCorps members please refer to the below link: 

http://www.nationalservice.gov/documents/main-menu/2015/frequently-referenced-resources-about-employment-status-americorps-members