Community Cares

WHAT IS TCAC COMMUNITY CARES?

AmeriCorps Community Cares is an AmeriCorps State Domestic Peace Corps program, sponsored by Tennessee’s Community Assistance Corporation. Community Cares receives generous support from Volunteer Tennessee, public housing authorities, non profits and faith based agencies to provide home and other supportive services to frail, challenged and disabled citizens.  In 2004, Community Cares was nationally recognized by Innovators in Civic Participation, AARP and the Office on Aging as a model senior care program.  Yearly, AmeriCorps members are placed at service locations and assist 26,000 clients with a wide array of supportive services that include home and health, transportation, cognitive activities, environmental education and disaster relief.

 

AmeriCorps Application: 

 

Terms, Conditions and Benefits

...5 different ways to join AmeriCorps  

 

Full-Time Benefits

Serve an average of 40 hours per week

Serve 52 weeks

Accrue 80 hours of personal leave and 80 hours of vacation leave

Members that serve the full 52 weeks of their signed Member Service Agreement that begin service at the beginning of a pay cycle and at the beginning of a full-two week period will receive a full living allowance $12,100.00 dispersed at the rate of $465.38 over 26 pay periods before taxes.  Members that begin or end service in the middle of a pay cycle, or in the middle of a service week will receive a pro-rated portion of the living allowance. 

Earn an educational award of $5,645.00 by completing 1700 hours of service

Receive health insurance and childcare assistance if applicable

 

Half-Time Benefits

Serve an average of 20 hours per week

Serve 52 weeks

Accrue 40 hours of personal leave and 40 hours of vacation leave

Members that serve the full 52 weeks of their signed Member Service Agreement that begin service at the beginning of a pay cycle and at the beginning of a full-two week period will receive a full living allowance $6,050.00 dispersed at the rate of $232.69 over 26 pay periods before taxes.  Members that begin or end service in the middle of a pay cycle, or in the middle of a service week will receive a pro-rated portion of the living allowance. 

Earn an educational award of $2,822.00 by completing 900 hours of service

 

Reduced Half-Time Benefits

Serve an average of 40 hours per week

Serve 24 weeks

Accrue 40 hours of personal leave and 40 hours of vacation leave

Members that serve the full 24 weeks of their signed Member Service Agreement that begin service at the beginning of a pay cycle and at the beginning of a full-two week period will receive a full living allowance $5,584.00 dispersed at the rate of $465.38 over 12 pay periods before taxes.  Members that begin or end service in the middle of a pay cycle, or in the middle of a service week will receive a pro-rated portion of the living allowance. 

Receive health insurance if applicable

Earn an educational award of $2,150.00 by completing 675 hours of service

 

Quarter-Time Benefits

Serve an average of 22 hours per week

Serve 22 weeks

Accrue 12 hours of personal leave and 12 hours of vacation leave

Members that serve the full 22 weeks of their signed Member Service Agreement that begin service at the beginning of a pay cycle and at the beginning of a full-two week period will receive a full living allowance $2,950.00 dispersed at the rate of $268.18 over 11 pay periods before taxes.  Members that begin or end service in the middle of a pay cycle, or in the middle of a service week will receive a pro-rated portion of the living allowance. 

Earn an educational award of $1,493.00 by completing 450 hours of service

 

Minimum-Time Benefits

Serve an average of 30 hours per week

Serve 10 weeks

Zero (0) hours of personal leave and zero (0) hours of vacation leave

Members that serve the full 10 weeks of their signed Member Service Agreement that begin service at the beginning of a pay cycle and at the beginning of a full-two week period will receive a full living allowance $1,986.00 dispersed at the rate of $397.20 over 5 pay periods before taxes.  Members that begin or end service in the middle of a pay cycle, or in the middle of a service week will receive a pro-rated portion of the living allowance. 

Earn an educational award of $1,195.00 by completing 300 hours of service

 

Qualifications to Apply for AmeriCorps:

US Citizen or permanent legal resident, age 17+, clean FBI, TBI and Sex Offender screening, driver license, reliable mode of transportation, ability to commit to a term of service, travel and attend pre-, post-, and in-service training. Applicants must submit photo copies of the following: Birth Certificate, social security card and a photo ID.

Contact Evonne Surber-Green, AmeriCorps Director for more information.

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 Bethany Heuisler, AmeriCorps Program Assistant

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Shandi Hill

AmeriCorps Program Assistant

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 "This material is based upon work supported by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) under AmeriCorps Grant No. 11AFHTN0010006. Opinions or points of view expressed in this document are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the official position of, or a position that is endorsed by, CNCS or the AmeriCorps program.

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