Summary

Michigan Fitness Foundation is dedicated to inspiring active lifestyles and healthy food choices through education, environmental change, community events, and policy leadership.

 

Safe Routes to Health AmeriCorps Program at the Michigan Fitness Foundation (SR2H) seeks 20 half-time AmeriCorps members to provide service between November 6, 2019 and September 18, 2020 Host Sites statewide.

 

Members will focus on addressing unmet health needs in underserved, low-income communities. The SR2H program was developed by assessing both barriers to healthy living and opportunities to overcome those barriers. Using a multigenerational approach to reach across an entire community, SR2H engages AmeriCorps Members to connect citizens to health, wellness, and physical activity programs by implementing program components and recruiting local community volunteers.

 

AmeriCorps is America’s National Service initiative offering a network of national service programs to improve lives and foster civic engagement. Individuals of all ages and backgrounds come together to address the nation’s education, public safety, environment, and/or human needs through service. AmeriCorps focuses on getting things done, strengthening communities, encouraging responsibility, and expanding opportunity.

 

SR2H AmeriCorps Members will contribute to this effort by committing their time to promote healthy futures: using a multigenerational approach to reach across an entire community, they will fill gaps and enhance assets in underserved, low-income communities to help residents gain access to supportive environments for healthy eating and physical activity. In addition, SR2H AmeriCorps Members will leverage volunteers to carry out SR2H programming and affect sustainable change.  Members will receive training in a variety of areas to support and enhance the member’s service to community residents with the goal of increasing the skills, knowledge, and awareness of how to eat healthy and be active.

 

It is unlawful for organizations that receive federal financial assistance from the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) and the Michigan Community Service Commission (MCSC) to discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, disability, sex, age, political affiliation, or religion.

Safe Routes to Health AmeriCorps Member Information

Position Type

Service Term Requirement Service Period Service Term Minimum Weekly Requirement Living Allowance

 

Education Award

Half-Time

900 Hours 10.5 months / 46 weeks November 6, 2019

– September 18, 2020

20 hours $6,067

$3,047.50

AmeriCorps Minimum Qualifications:

  1. Be at least 18 years of age at the commencement of service
  2. Be a U.S. citizen, U.S. national, or lawful permanent resident alien of the United States
  3. Received a high school diploma or its equivalent or agrees to obtain a high school diploma or its equivalent prior to utilize the education award
  4. Satisfy the National Service Criminal History Check eligibility criteria

Essential Functions

  1. Provide direct service to low-income community residents connecting them to supportive environments for healthy eating and being active
  2. Plan and implement 6 program components on nutrition education, food shopping skills, and physical activity: facilitated health and wellness conversations with seniors, literacy- based nutrition education with children and caregivers, farmers market food navigation, grocery store healthy food tours, and physical activity outreach and promotion
  3. Recruit and train 20 ongoing and 20 episodic volunteers in programming and activities related to health, wellness, and physical activity
  4. Participate in program onboarding, orientation, additional training, events, and service days as required
  5. Document service activities according to program requirements including recording allowable service hours, submitting timesheets, and writing Great Stories

Non-Essential Functions

Individuals may be required to perform other position-related instructions within the scope of their normal service activities as requested by their supervisor (Site Supervisor and/or AmeriCorps Program Coordinator) and in alignment with program objectives as long as the functions are not unallowable or prohibited activities, all subject to reasonable accommodation.

Principal Working Relationships

Members are expected to serve productively and effectively with other SR2H AmeriCorps Members, Site Supervisor(s), Host Site Staff, Program Coordinator, Community Partners, and a diverse population of community residents.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities

A strong candidate will have:

  1. Interest and/or experience in any of the following: health, nutrition, physical activity, education, parks and recreation, youth and senior engagement, event planning, health equity and diversity, and data collection/usage
  2. Dedication to and enjoyment of community service
  3. Basic computer skills, including the ability to navigate social media and Office 365
  4. Ability to generate strong results with limited supervision
  5. Planning, organizational, and time-management skills
  6. Volunteer recruitment and management
  7. Capacity to be flexible and adaptable to varied circumstances
  8. Drive to be productive and follow through with assigned tasks
  9. Willingness to learn and attend all AmeriCorps trainings
  10. Access to reliable transportation

Commitment Required

SR2H AmeriCorps Members serve half-time for a total of 900 hours from November 6, 2020 – September 18, 2020. This requires a minimum of 19 – 20 hours of service per week during the program year. To stay on schedule for successful completion, Members will be expected to meet the benchmark hours on the provided chart.

Member Training

SR2H AmeriCorps Members will receive ongoing training throughout their term of service to enhance professional and personal growth, including a mandatory orientation from November 6 – 7, 2019 in Okemos, MI. Accommodations will be provided, and travel mileage will be reimbursed at state rate.

Service Conditions

SR2H AmeriCorps Members will serve under a variety of conditions including indoors at host site, libraries, senior centers, grocery stores, community centers, etc. and outdoors on trails, in parks, on waterways, at farmers markets, etc. Members should be prepared to also deal with a variety of weather conditions including hot, humid days in the summer and frigid temperatures in the winter.

Minimum Hours Requirement by Month

Service Month End

Start Date:

November 6, 2019

Hours Per Month Total Hours
November 30 85 85
December 31 85 170
January 31 95 265
February 29 85 350
March 31 95 445
April 30 95 540
May 31 90 630
June 30 95 725
July 31 80 805
August 21 70 875
September 18 50 925