CVN AmeriCorps Alums
Congratulations! You have completed your service with a CVN AmeriCorps program. This page will provide you with tools and resources to help you navigate Life After AmeriCorps and using your Education Award.
Life After AmeriCorps
Here are some tools and resources to help you make a smooth and successful transition into Life After AmeriCorps.
Webinars hosted by CVN AmeriCorps:
- 2012 Life After AmeriCorps Part 1- Benefits of Being an Alum
- 2012 Life After AmeriCorps Part 2- Powerful Nonprofit Resume, Cover Letter and Networking
- 2011 Life After AmeriCorps Webinar
Tools to help you reflect and plan your transition:
- What's Next: Life After your Service Year (Corporation for National and Community Service)
- Tell us about your AmeriCorps experince, email Member stories to CVNAmeriCorps@catholicvolunteernetwork.org
AmeriCorps Alums is an independent non-profit organization whose mission is to build a community of experienced volunteer leaders committed to a lifetime of service. Alums are encouraged to fully realize their potential by building connections and engaging with others to create transformational change in their communities. They achieve this through professional development, community service and social activities. Some other perks of AmeriCorps Alums Membership include:
- Free Online Taxes through H&R Block
- GEICO Insurance Discounts
- Job Bank, Webinars and other Online Resources
- National Day of Service Events for Alums
To register and learn more, visit www.americorpsalums.org
Supporting the Future of National Service
Learn about ways that you can help ensure the future of AmeriCorps
- Service Nation A campaign to inspire a new era of voluntary citizen service in America
- Voices for National Service To support the growth and development of opportunities for all Americans to serve by mobilizing the field to educate our nation’s leaders and the American public about the power and impact of national service.
- Points of Light Foundation Inspire, equip and mobilize people to take action that changes the world
Using the AmeriCorps Education Award
In order to receive an AmeriCorps Education Award, Members must successfully complete the Volunteer Program and AmeriCorps components of your program. If you leave early for reasons other than compelling personal and circumstance, you will not receive any portion of the education award. (See your Member Handbook for more information.)
To access and apply the Education Award and other financial benefits, visit the My AmeriCorps Portal at my.amercorps.gov. The award is not payable to the member, but is applied directly to the lender or educational institution through the My AmeriCorps Portal. Remember: the Education Award may only be applied toward federal/public loans and Title IV schools.
Remember: The AmeriCorps Education Award is considered taxable income in the year it is applied. How you use your Education Award may affect the amount that you owe in taxes. For more information on the Education Award and taxes, visit edaward.org.
- An individual can receive up to the amount equal to two full-time education awards in a lifetime.
- An individual may serve no more than 4 terms with AmeriCorps State and National in a lifetime.
- Alums have 7 years to use the education award.
- The award may be transfered from members aged 55+ to children or grandchildren.
The AmeriCorps Education Award is managed by The National Service Trust, not Catholic Volunteer Network. If you have questions about or trouble accessing the Education Award, call the My AmeriCorps Help Desk at 1-800-942-2677.
- Tips and Tools for Using the Education Award
- More Tips for your AmeriCorps Education Award
- Segal AmeriCorps Education Award Tutorial
- List of Schools that Match the Education Award
Finding Full-Time Employment
CVN Job Bank: Catholic Volunteer Network offers a weekly job bank for former volunteers, which includes non-profit and ministry positions across the U.S. To sign up for this resource, please click here.
To find open positions at Catholic Volunteer Network and our member programs, please click here.
You may also be interested in checking out online sources for job listings/career guidance such as:
- http://www.makingthedifference.org (career resources and postings in public service)
- http://www.idealist.org (resources for starting a career or getting a better job in the nonprofit sector)
- http://www.rileyguide.com/ (the "Riley Guide")
- http://www.indeed.com (one search. all jobs)5
- http://www.monster.com (an online career center)
- http://www.startjobs.net (an online career center)
- http://www.ajb.dni.us (a U.S. Department of Labor site that lists job vacancies from state employment offices)
- http://www.doleta.gov (a U.S. Department of Labor site that has sections on planning and starting a new career)
- http://www.usajobs.gov (a U.S. Office of Personnel site that lists federal government vacancies worldwide)