Service Description - Healthy Futures

Name of Organization Being Served: The Arc of Philadelphia
Dates of Service: Aug/ Sept, 2017-July, 2018  
Member Type:  Full Time | Achieving 1700 Hours
Service Time: 8am-4pm weekdays, some weekends with notice.

Member Service Objective: Member serves as a mentor for adults with intellectual & developmental disabilities (I/DD)  in Philadelphia county toward inclusion in their community.  The members are serving in partnership with The Arc of Philadelphia and agree to abide by the mission & vision of the agency.

Position Description: (service may include supporting the following activities)

  • Assist individuals with creating independent living goals toward community inclusion and track of their progress
  • Assist and provide mentoring  in Healthy Futures:, navigating health insurance systems, physical/behavioral  health services,  nutrition education, fitness opportunities, stress management tactics, and time management tips, medical literacy, community inclusion
  • Provide Disaster Services information customized for the  I/DD community
  • Plan and coordinate activities that engage individuals in the local community – opportunities for community inclusion, participation and employment
  • Develop and implement social activities and provide social mentoring (i.e., friendship mentoring, relationship mentoring, exploring interests)
  • Prepare reports and compile data for all service activities to be submitted to On-Site Supervisor and AmeriCorps Program Director quarterly
  • Attend mandatory AmeriCorps monthly meetings
  • Attend mandatory National Days of Service-September 11th, MLK Day
  • Abide by all service site policies and procedures as well as adhere to all AmeriCorps policies per the AmeriCorps handbook
  • Provide customized services to persons with developmental disabilities at other locations/programs of The Arc of Philadelphia as needed

Position Requirements:

  • At a minimum, members must be high school graduates, GED recipients, working toward attaining a high school diploma or GED during their term of service. Members must agree to obtain either a diploma or GED before using an education award.
  • Member must be 18 & order to serve as an AmeriCorps member with The Arc of Philadelphia
  • Member must pass a National Criminal History Background check- to include a drug screen, an FBI background check via fingerprints, a local background check, and their name run through the National Sex Offender database.  This is contingent on any member beginning their service year.
  • Member must be a citizen, national, or lawful permanent resident of the United States.

Position Benefits:

  • Experience with individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities
  • Professional skills at various Philadelphia area organization
  • Project development skills development
  • Community knowledge and networking
  • Public speaking experience
  • Uniforms required and provided
  • Approx. $5,800 Educational Award contingent upon successful completion of service.
  • Approx. $450 living allowance every two weeks for full time service hours
  • Student loan forbearance and interest payments, if the member qualifies
  • Child Care assistance, if the member qualifies

SEND RESUME (including email and phone number), and two written paragraphs on why you are interested in serving as an AmeriCorps member:  

By email to: AmeriCorps@ArcPhiladelphia.org

By mail to: 2350 West Westmoreland Street, Philadelphia, PA  19140 

By fax to: 215-225-1330 
          Cover sheet subject line: AmeriCorpsAbility

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