Catholic Charities Service Corps
Affiliation:Catholic Charities of Buffalo, New York
Goal of Program:Are you passionate about service to poor and marginalized populations? Catholic Charities Service Corps, a program of Catholic Charities of Buffalo, cultivates a community of empowered and dedicated young adults in Buffalo, New York.The program combines an immersive work and service experience at a non-profit organization in an urban environment, intentional communal living, self-exploration, peer relationship building, and mentorship. Service Corps members engage in a self-directed, year-long process of exploring their unique purpose and call to public service, justice, and civic leadership equipping members to Discover Their Own Light and Ignite it in Others. Responsibilities of Service Corps Members include: • Commitment to full-time (minimum of 35 hours / week) of service at placement site. • Participation in scheduled retreats throughout the year. • Planning and participating in weekly spirituality and community nights. • Weekly supervision and support meetings. • Performance review at placement site and ongoing evaluations of program. Financial Support: All health insurance, food, personal, transportation, and housing expenses are covered by the program. Members also receive a modest stipend. AmeriCorps education awards may be available but are dependent upon federal funding and are not guaranteed. For more information and to apply, please visit: www.ccservicecorps.com
Type of Placement:In order to bring issues of social justice to the members' lives and to find fulfilling work opportunities, we work with our local community to find impactful placements that respond to immediate needs in the Buffalo community. Young adults commit to working with people who are vulnerable and/or marginalized in various agencies throughout the area. Service sites for 2017-2018 include: • Catholic Charities – Food Pantry Assistance and Community Nutrition Education • Catholic Charities- Family and Community Services - Community Case Management Assistant • Catholic Charities- Children's Health Home - Care Manager • Catholic Charities Immigration and Refugee Assistance Program - Immigration Specialist (AmeriCorps) • Catholic Charities Immigration and Refugee Assistance Program - Medical Case Manager (AmeriCorps) • Catholic Charities Immigration and Refugee Assistance Program - Resettlement Case Manager (AmeriCorps) • Western New York Law Center - Consumer Research and Advocacy Assistant • Western New York Law Center – Paralegal
Service Area:Buffalo, New York, is known as the City of Good Neighbors. Buffalo is often described by its beauty in terms of architecture, natural surroundings, and people; however, the beauty is sometimes overshadowed by the poverty. According to the U.S. Census, Buffalo continues to be one of the poorest cities in the nation. We believe this creates an opportunity for our volunteers to serve as catalysts for change and improvement in our community.
Service Length:Service Corps members serve 11 months (September to August), with the option to serve a second year of service.
Requirements:Service Corps members must be 21 years of age with some college experience, preferably a four-year degree, which is required for some placements. AmeriCorps funded members must possess a high school diploma or equivalent and be a U.S. citizen or naturalized U.S. resident. All members must display a demonstrated and desired commitment and openness to service and social justice as well as a commitment to honoring the program's expectations and deadlines.
Financial Arrangement:Service Corps members receive community housing, including utilities; a transportation stipend; health insurance (if needed); program retreat costs; a monthly stipend to cover food and personal expenses; and a relocation stipend. AmeriCorps funded members also receive an AmeriCorps living allowance and will be eligible for Segal AmeriCorps Education Awards upon the completion of their term of service.
Living Arrangements:Service Corps members live in community housing provided by the program.
Program Size:Cohort sizes vary year to year dependent upon the number of host site placements and qualified applicants.
Training:All CCSC members participate in a four-day program orientation plus placement orientation, on-going site training, and retreats throughout the year. Volunteers also meet with Program Director regularly for supervision and to evaluate and facilitate the attainment of the member's stated goals for the year. Professional development is offered through a variety of workshops, activities, and events throughout the year. Additionally, Refugee Resettlement Corps members attend national AmeriCorps pre-service training.
Application Deadline:Applications are accepted from January 15 through August 31, based on placement availability.