If you are interested in hosting a national service member at your organization, please review our Frequently Asked Questions below. Please note that AmeriCorps programs vary widely based on the sponsoring organization and grant guidelines. These questions relate directly to our programs provided through United Way of Greenville County.
How do I apply to host an AmeriCorps member?
We release our application for host sites in the late winter or early spring of each year, depending on the federal grant cycle. Please complete our interest form to be added to the contact list and receive updates about the application.
To see an informational overview from our most recent application cycle, please view this video.
What could an AmeriCorps member do at our site?
Our AmeriCorps members are Resource Navigators; they spend their time focused on helping individuals and families connect to community resources. Team members can provide basic case management services and are trained through SC Thrive to assist people in applying for benefits such as SNAP, Medicaid, Welvista, SSI, Family Independence, and more.
Our team also receives training on teaching and coaching on basic financial literacy topics. We use the materials provided through the National Endowment for Financial Education. Another part of our structure is the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program; team members are trained in basic tax preparation and certified by IRS guidelines. During late January–mid-April, team members are mobilized to support local free tax clinics around the community.
To see sample position descriptions from our team, click here.
AmeriCorps members are not interns, employees, volunteers, or janitors. During their term, they are to focus on the activities outlined in the grant. AmeriCorps members are prohibited from fundraising, lobbying, proselytizing. See here for a complete list of prohibited activities from the Code of Federal Regulations.
What does it take to be a host site?
The role of a host site includes the following:
• Complete start-up requirements from UWGC
– Host site application
– Memorandum of understanding (MOU)
– Pay cost share per member
– Attend supervisor training (usually last week in July)
• Participate in recruitment for team members
– Both for your site and referring candidates for the overall applicant pool
– Interview candidates to determine site match
– 3-way match rule (staff, host site, and member agree on placement)
• Onboarding team member
– Having a physical and digital workspace prepared: computer, internet and email access, phone, office supplies, logins to appropriate systems, etc.
– Meet and set clear expectations with team member
– Train on your organizational policies and procedures
• Ongoing Member Development and Support
– Connecting to opportunities for networking and training
– Providing feedback to promote personal and professional growth
– Coaching and mentoring; giving correction and guidance
– Complete mid- and end-of-year evaluations
• Adhere to compliance guidelines
– Have a process in place to ascertain that the clientele receiving services meet the grant guidelines
– Train your staff on prohibited vs. allowable activities and prevent mission creep
– Use appropriate branding, including required window cling at your location and correct language on websites
– Monitor member activities to ensure alignment with position
– Provide roughly 36 hours per week of service opportunities
– Review and sign member’s online timesheet every week
– Uphold data collection and storage expectations
What does the application process look like?
Our application for host sites is completed through a system called Apricot. You can view sample application instructions here:
After applications are received, program staff work with community volunteers and a cross-departmental team at United Way to review sites. All applications are graded based on a rubric to determine the best fit for our programs.
After individual reviews are completed via rubric, the review team meets to discuss the findings and make final decisions. Sites are then notified of the results via email or phone call.
The timeline for this process varies based on the federal and state funding schedules for the year. These processes affect our re-application process as the grant holder.
What happens if we are selected?
Upon selection, an on-site supervisor will need to be identified. During the summer, AmeriCorps staff hosts a training for all supervisors. This training includes more in-depth information on member recruitment, management, and retention. We also cover grant compliance in greater detail as well.
Your organization will receive a partner agreement and be asked to review and sign and to remit payment to United Way for the determined cost share amount.
Who are your current partner sites / host agencies?
We collaborate with other local United Ways and partner agencies to host AmeriCorps members so they can connect with the community. Sites re-apply each year, so this list varies. Below is a list of our current partners for the current (2020-2021) service year:
United Way of Greenville County (grant holder)
Anderson Interfaith Ministries
Family Promise of Laurens County
Greenville Free Medical Clinic
Greenville Technical College
Mill Village Farms
SC Empowerment Centre
United Way of Laurens County
United Way of Pickens County
Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program
Still have questions? Please reach out to our program staff via email.