Santa Maria’s AmeriCorps Program recruiting members for 2017

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Santa Maria Community Services offers a unique opportunity for those who want to commit to a year of service through Project Advance AmeriCorps. Like signing up to do Peace Corps in your own community, Project Advance AmeriCorps is a great way to build up communities such as Price Hill by serving as a paid AmeriCorps member. There are thousands of federally supported AmeriCorps programs across the nation, and Santa Maria is fortunate to have been selected as one of the local host agencies to manage one such program.

This year, people serving in Project Advance AmeriCorps begin their service on September 1, and finish their term on July 31, 2018. Santa Maria will be engaging 16 AmeriCorps members to serve within Santa Maria and other agencies, including some placements within Hispanic communities. Being a part of this program gives its members the chance to give back to their community while getting paid to do so – the program helps a lot of individuals financially, and provides them with service and employment experiences. Members get to make a difference in their community while discovering possible career paths and building their résumé’s.

AmeriCorps members are eligible for a bi-monthly living allowance ($12,630 annual), health insurance, professional training opportunities, plus the Segal AmeriCorps Education Award worth $5,815 toward college costs (awarded at the end of the service year). Applications for the AmeriCorps Programs are currently being accepted for positions as health educators, GED tutors and employment coaches, and housing support coaches.  Positions like these not only gives members great opportunities that can benefit them for the rest of their life, but also benefit the people needing those services. Overall, the AmeriCorps Program is a rewarding experience and a great way for members to build the community. For more information visit or contact Bonnie Hood at or call 513-557-7264.