Vermont Housing & Conservation Board AmeriCorps is a statewide AmeriCorps project of the Vermont Housing & Conservation Board. VHCB AmeriCorps is a national service project that places AmeriCorps members with affordable housing, land conservation and environmental education organizations statewide. Members increase the capacity and effectiveness of the organization where they serve while gaining leadership skills and connecting with the mission and goals of a community based nonprofit organization.
What Do VHCB AmeriCorps Members Do?
- Assist first-time homebuyers to learn about budgeting and prequalify for low-interest mortgage loans at Vermont's HomeOwnership Centers.
- Educate tenants on issues of rights and responsibilities; convene groups of residents and citizens to develop and improve resident services.
- Help homeless individuals and families find suitable housing, build life skills, develop resumes, access job training programs and obtain services.
- Recruit volunteers, provide community outreach, make referrals, provide direct services, information and technical assistance.
- Repair, make accessible and weatherize homes.
- Replace graffiti-laden walls with murals; expose kids to cultural events, service opportunities and field trips as well as literacy, life skills, safety, arts-based and recreational activities. Develop resource rooms, libraries and computer labs.
- Create mailings, contact the media, produce newsletters, create and maintain database records and websites, organize special events.
- Co-develop, coordinate, and teach summer day camps and natural history programs.
- Educate groups about responsible hiking and camping practices.
- Educate residents and housing groups on energy conserving measures.
- Participate in natural area inventories, extract invasive plants and implement weed management plans.
- Perform trail maintenance, restoration and improvement.
- Provide environmental education and service opportunities for school-age youth.
- Recruit volunteers and raise awareness about conservation issues.