National Service

What is National Service?

National service programs engage more than 4 million Americans to improve communities through service programs such as AmeriCorps. AmeriCorps members serve on the front lines of education, the environment, public safety, emergency management, and other human needs, using the tremendous power of citizens as change agents in their communities.

In Florida, AmeriCorps members dedicate a year of their lives to service for a small stipend and an educational scholarship upon successful completion of their service. Over their year of service, AmeriCorps members gain valuable job skills, professional development, and personal growth.

National service programs are funded through the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS).  Volunteer Florida leverages state and local funding to draw down CNCS grants. Nonprofits, educational foundations, and other organizations apply for these grants through Volunteer Florida in a competitive process.

Other National Service Programs in Florida

For more information about AmeriCorps VISTA or Senior Corps, contact the Corporation for National and Community Service Sate Office: (407) 648-6117 or email fl@cns.gov.

For more information about AmeriCorps NCCC, call (601) 630-4043 or email Rsmith@cns.gov.

For more information about AmeriCorps National Direct, including the Florida National Direct Consultation process, visit our National Direct Consultation page.

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AmeriCorps is a win-win-win for the AmeriCorps members, the organizations that host them, and the communities they serve.

What is AmeriCorps?

AmeriCorps members dedicate a year of their lives to intensive community service. AmeriCorps members serve at nonprofits, schools, faith-based, and other community-based organizations and can serve in full-time or part-time roles. During their year of service, AmeriCorps members receive a modest living allowance and may also receive health benefits, training, and student loan deferment. Upon completion of service, AmeriCorps members receive a college scholarship to help pay for college costs or student loans.

AmeriCorps is also a valuable pipeline to careers in education, nonprofit, and public service!

For more information about AmeriCorps Member Benefits, click here.

Learn more about what AmeriCorps members do here.

Learn how to become an AmeriCorps member here.

My AmeriCorps Portal

For current and previous AmeriCorps members, log in to the My AmeriCorps Portal for member information including accessing your education award.

Current AmeriCorps Programs

For a list of our current AmeriCorps grantees click here.

For a brief description of our current AmeriCorps programs, click here.

Available Grants

For a list of available grants click here.

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Volunteer Florida is proud to provide grant funding and technical support to 20 community organizations through the Volunteer Generation Fund. This competitive grant funding from the Corporation for National and Community Service targets organizations that seek to increase their capacity to manage skills-based volunteers.

Skills-based volunteering is a strategic type of volunteerism that expands the impact of community organizations by leveraging professionals’ skills. From accountants to IT and management consultants, skills-based volunteers strengthen the operation of nonprofits.

The skills-based volunteer program targets veterans and military families, unemployed and under-employed individuals, and baby boomers. Volunteer Florida looks for Florida organizations that use volunteers to provide services in the following six (6) CNCS priority areas:

  • Disaster Services
  • Economic Opportunity
  • Education
  • Environmental Stewardship
  • Healthy Futures
  • Veterans and Military Families

For a list of our current VGF grantees click here.

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Founded in 2015, Volunteer Florida’s LeaderCorps initiative is focused on leadership development for a small group of select AmeriCorps members across Florida. The program’s mission is to develop these leaders in their respective communities through the act of planning and promoting service. 

Volunteer Florida provides training in professional development and leadership skills and members are required to host service projects in their service region. These service projects provide experience in community partnerships, working with the business community, developing a strategic plan and event planning. (Read about a few LeaderCorps service projects by clicking here.)  LeaderCorps members are encouraged to continue to create positive, sustainable change in communities through service and leadership as they enter or re-enter the workforce in Florida.

Other responsibilities include:

  • Make the AmeriCorps experience in Florida a meaningful, inclusive, and high-impact service opportunity for other members
  • Serve as ambassadors for Volunteer Florida and AmeriCorps programs statewide
  • Increase AmeriCorps members’ involvement in statewide events, such as national days of service, AmeriCorps Week, Florida Volunteer Month and regional service projects.

Please click here to read a detailed overview of the program and here to watch a LeaderCorps promotional video.

For more information about LeaderCorps, please contact:

Elizabeth Winchester
Grants and Training Coordinator
elizabeth@volunteerflorida.org
850.414.7400 ext.111

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Program directors manage AmeriCorps programs at schools, nonprofits, and other sites across Florida. Volunteer Florida provides training, technical assistance, and other professional resources to Program Directors, who use this knowledge to meet critical needs in Florida’s communities through effective AmeriCorps programs.

New AmeriCorps program directors Orientation Materials

The New Program Director Orientation Slideshow has been designed as a resource tool to help provide you with the guidance you need to properly manage your program. We have developed this training based on the four phases of your program year: Pre-Program Year; Program Start; Mid-Year; and Program End. This will allow you to use the training as a guide to learn what is most important to you at the time you enter your role as a program director and then have the ability to learn more at your own pace.

Manual for New Programs 2017 (zip file, 150MB)

2018 Program Director Resources

2018-2019 eGrants Webinar

2018-2019 eGrants Webinar (YouTube)

2018-2019 eGrants Webinar (Slides)

Enrollment Flowchart

2018-2019 AmeriCorps Contract Webinars

2018-2019 AmeriCorps Contract Webinar (YouTube)

2017 Program Director Resources

2017 Fall AmeriCorps Program Director Training

2017 Program Director Finance Training

2017 Program Director Training General PPT

2017 Second Quarter Snapshot

Branding and Marketing Your Program

City of Tallahassee Emergency Preparedness

Emotional Intelligence Conflict

New Program Director Meeting - Marketing

New Program Director Training - Site Monitoring

Recruitment Gallery Walk

Retention Scenarios

Top Compliance Issues

2017-2018 AmeriCorps Contract Webinars

2017-2018 AmeriCorps Contract Training Webinar (YouTube)

2017-2018 AmeriCorps MicroEdge Contract Package Webinar (YouTube)

National Service Calls

1) Download the AmeriCorps Program Directors Conference Call - July 2018

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2) Download the AmeriCorps Program Directors Conference Call - January 2018

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3) Download the AmeriCorps Program Directors Conference Call - November 2017

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4) Download the AmeriCorps Program Directors Conference Call - July 2017

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5) Download the AmeriCorps Program Directors Conference Call - May 2017

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6) Download the AmeriCorps Program Directors Conference Call - March 2017

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7) Download the AmeriCorps Program Directors Conference Call - January 2017

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2016 Program Director Resources

2016 Fall AmeriCorps Program Director’s Meeting

Branding and Marketing Your Program

City of Tallahassee Emergency Preparedness

Florida Americorps Alums

Going For Gold

Lessons Learned Panel

Member Recruitment and Retention

Member Safety Panel

Scavenger Hunt

Shark Tank

Site Monitoring

Tallahassee Police Department Safety Preparedness

Veterans and Military Family Engagement

VetSuccess AmeriCorps

2016 Financial Training

2016 Program Director Finance Training

Keys To Effective Financial Grants Management

Office of the Inspector General - Safeguarding Federal Funds

PER Required Documentation
Webinars

AmeriCorps Contracts Webinar - 2016 (YouTube)

National Service Calls

1) Download the AmeriCorps Program Directors Conference Call - July 2016
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2) Download the AmeriCorps Program Directors Conference Call - January 2016
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Leader Guides

Download Volunteer Florida Leader Guides info

For additional information regarding the Leadership Quest or the Leader Guides, please contact: Paula DeBoles-Johnson at paula@volunteerflorida.org or 850.414.7400 x. 111

AmeriCorps Program Director Trainings Archive

Click Here to visit the AmeriCorps Program Director Trainings Archive

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The Technical Assistance section is designed to assist our grantees with the general program management. Available resources include: MicroEdge Grants Management training videos, information on Criminal History Checks, National Performance Measures, eGrants, Fiscal Management and much more!

Florida AmeriCorps Evaluation Resources

Webinar #1 Resources

Evaluation Webinar #1 Slide Deck

Evaluation Webinar #1 YouTube Video

Webinar #2 Resources

Evaluation Plans Side by Side Comparison

Evaluation Webinar #2 YouTube Video

Evaluation Research Questions

Example Impact Evaluation Plan - Annotated

Example Process Evaluation Plan - Annotated

Florida AmeriCorps Evaluation Plan Template

Evaluation Webinar#2 Slide Deck

Sample Evaluation Plan Checklist

Webinar #3 Resources

Evaluation Webinar #3 Slide Deck Handout

Evaluation Webinar #3 YouTube Video

Impact Evaluation Designs

Quasi-Experimental Design Using A Comparison Group

Webinar #4 Resources

Example Statement of Work

FoodCorps Sample Evaluation RFP

Group Exercise

Evaluation Webinar #4 Slide Deck Handout

Sample Evaluator Assessment Form_DRAFT

Webinar #5 Resources

Evaluation Webinar #5 YouTube Video

Evaluation Budget Worksheet

Budgeting for Evaluation Notes

Sample CoreThought Budget Proposal

Online Survey Options

Webinar #6 Resources

Evaluation Webinar #6 YouTube Video

Basic Evaluation Steps Notes

Webinar #7 Resources

Evaluation Webinar #7 YouTube Video

Using Evaluation Results Slides

Social Math

Tips for Delivering Negative Results

Tools for Creating Infographics

Inbound Press Release Template

Evaluation Reporting Guide

Evaluation Findings – Communications Plan

 

MicroEdge Training Videos:

AmeriCorps 2016-17 Program Contract Training

Quarterly Progress Reports (QPR)

Fiscal Online Training

The Provider must submit certification of completion or memorandum stating completion of the online CNCS Key Concepts of Financial and Grants Management training located on the CNCS Resource Center website (www.nationalserviceresources.org) within forty-five (45) days of the Effective Date.  The Program Director and Fiscal Contact, as identified herein, must complete this online course.  Confirmation of completion should be submitted with the first Reimbursement Invoice, as defined below.  If the Provider fails to complete this online course the Commission reserves the right to withhold payment.

AmeriCorps Members Healthcare Option Resources

AmeriCorps Health Insurance Coverage Update

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We appreciate your recent questions and concerns regarding providing healthcare coverage to your AmeriCorps members. CNCS has just released the FAQ on Member Health Care, see attached at the link below:
http://www.nationalservice.gov/build-your-capacity/grants/managing-americorps-grants

In addition, language to use when communicating options to your members can be found at the following link (December 16, 2013 CNCS sample of communication to members):
http://www.nationalservice.gov/programs/americorps/current-members/health-care-options

National Criminal History Checks Online Training

The Provider must submit certification of completion or memorandum stating completion of the online CNCS National Service Criminal History Checks training located on the CNCS Resource Center website (www.nationalserviceresources.org) within forty-five (45) days of the Effective Date.  The Program Director and Fiscal Contact, as identified herein, must complete this online course.  Confirmation of completion should be submitted with the first Reimbursement Invoice, as defined below.  If the Provider fails to complete this online course the Commission reserves the right to withhold payment.

National Service Criminal History Check Resources

http://www.nationalserviceresources.org/national-service-criminal-history-check-resources
(Final Rule published October, 2012)

National Knowledge Network: AmeriCorps Performance Measures

http://www.nationalserviceresources.org/npm/ac

e-Grants:

For managing programs and members, click on the following link:
https://egrants.cns.gov/espan/main/login.jsp

To view helpful eGrants presentations regarding creating and managing an eGrants account, please click here:

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User Roles and Management – Implementing

The eGrants Help Desk
1-800-942-2677
Technical Assistance
User name/Password reset assistance
Email: questions@americorps.org

Forms and Compliance Documents:

Food Stamp Eligibility

Automation of AmeriCorps Identity and Citizenship Verification

National Criminal History Check Requirements

Dates for Quarterly Reporting Cycle

Inclusion

Disability Community Development Plan Guidance

DCDP Documenting Collaboration Template

Other Resources

The Corporation for National and Community Service

www.nationalservice.gov

AmeriCorps

www.americorps.gov

National Service Knowledge Network

www.nationalserviceresources.org

Volunteer Florida is seeking qualified individuals to participate as volunteer peer reviewers for AmeriCorps State Program proposals. Individuals with experience in grants management, knowledge of programs targeting critical community needs including education, the environment, public safety, economic opportunity and other human needs, and experience in applying principles of community service are encouraged to contact Cat Keen, National Service Programs Director at Cat@volunteerflorida.org.

Would you like to learn more?

1) Download the Peer Reviewer Fact Sheet

2) Listen to the 2018-19 AmeriCorps Formula RFP Peer Reviewer TA Call

 

3) Watch the following video explaining the Volunteer Florida External Peer Review Portal

4) (Optional) Listen to the 2017-18 AmeriCorps Formula Peer Review Technical Assistance Call