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Living in Boston on the cheap

Living in Boston on $12,100 a year: is this doable? How can I make it work? [more inside]
posted by youcancallmeal on Jan 21, 2014 - 19 answers

Red state vs. Blue state: where can you do more good?

I'm currently serving as an AmeriCorps VISTA in VT and while I love it here in this socialist wonderland, I find myself wondering if poverty-related service wouldn't do more immediate good in a red state. [more inside]
posted by youcancallmeal on Nov 29, 2013 - 10 answers

Is Americorps a good experience?

Since I got out of the Navy, I've been having trouble making ends meet, and I would like to be able to stay in school. Now there are two different Americorps positions opening up near me, both doing Veterans Outreach, that would pay a living stipend, and after a year award a tuition voucher. I would like to hear all of your Americorps experiences, both good and bad. How did they manage your hours? How much freedom did you have to choose your own work? Were you able to stay in school at a reduced load or take a second job? What else have I forgotten to ask? [more inside]
posted by seasparrow on Jul 9, 2013 - 12 answers

AmeriCorps denying Education Award - What to do?

My AmeriCorps program is denying me my education award after I have served 10 out of the 11 months in my service year. The reason is because I am leaving for Teach for America. [more inside]
posted by Kombucha3452 on Nov 27, 2012 - 9 answers

Looking for Great Software for Volunteer Management

Can you all recommend a great volunteer management software for a non-profit? I'm an AmeriCorps volunteer coordinator and we have over 200 volunteers that I have to track, including their hours, activities, etc. If it's a free software, that would be even better. What software have you guys had a great experience with? Thanks!
posted by Kombucha3452 on Nov 13, 2012 - 9 answers

I know what I'm passionate about but I don't know how to get there

The other day, I had a moment that was both a moment of clarity and a moment of existential crisis. I'm having some difficulty with figuring out how to take my life from where I am now to where I want to be and I could use some guidance, some advice (sorry for the long post). [more inside]
posted by Modica on Jun 23, 2012 - 8 answers

How can I get a second job with Americorps?

My Americorps stipend turned out to be much less than I was initially told, by a lot. Is it possible to get a second job? [more inside]
posted by frankdrebin on May 11, 2012 - 9 answers

Quit my job and join Americorps?

I'm thinking of quitting my job to join Americorps, a program where you volunteer for a non-profit for a year and get paid a small living stipend. Am I completely out of my mind? Here's my background. I graduated from a small liberal arts college with a degree in a social science about 6 years ago and took an office job just to be able to pay my student loans and get health insurance. [more inside]
posted by aka_anon on Jan 19, 2012 - 14 answers

Post-college volunteer opportunities?

Post-college volunteer programs besides Americorps? [more inside]
posted by huskerdont on Jan 4, 2012 - 12 answers

help me make technology empowering

Help me increase my technology/computer knowledge and resourcefulness so I may help others in my community get the most out of digital tools. Or: How do I apply the DIY/empowering/hackerly approach to computing in a way that benefits others? [more inside]
posted by elephantsvanish on May 7, 2011 - 4 answers

JET vs AmeriCorps

JET (teaching English in Japan) vs AmeriCorps (cool community stuff in my city). Or, how do you decide between two paths that seem comparably engaging/difficult/unknown? [more inside]
posted by elephantsvanish on Apr 21, 2011 - 17 answers

Americorps VISTA gave me everything I wanted, but may take it away...

I got the job of my dreams...but my year at VISTA isn't over. Any advice? [more inside]
posted by Tarumba on Oct 8, 2010 - 14 answers

Asking the Askers

What questions should I ask during my Americorps VISTA interview? [more inside]
posted by Polyhymnia on Oct 3, 2010 - 5 answers

Am I cut out for Americorps?

I'm thinking of joining AmeriCorps NCCC, or possibly VISTA. What does the program entail? Has anyone here gone in one of the programs? [more inside]
posted by mccarty.tim on Jul 23, 2010 - 10 answers

Should I quit Americorps?

I am currently an Americorps VISTA member and I do not like my assignment. This is a year-long commitment, and I have @7 months left to serve. VISTA members work full-time but are paid very little because the position is kind of a cross between a volunteer position and a job. The reason for taking a VISTA position, therefore, is not the pay, but rather the job experience and the opportunity to do meaningful work to help the poor. Unfortunately, I am not getting much of that experience or doing much of that work, and I am disrespected to boot. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 3, 2010 - 20 answers

Where to live in the San Rafael, CA without going broke?

Where to live in the San Rafael, CA without going broke? [more inside]
posted by pdx87 on Jan 17, 2010 - 15 answers

Give up stable job for Americorps?

Would I be crazy to quit my decent, although not fulfilling, job and sign up for AmeriCorps? [more inside]
posted by squawk on Dec 18, 2009 - 24 answers

Is AmeriCorps a good lead-in for Peace Corps?

(Inter)national service filter: Does an AmeriCorps stint make you a more attractive Peace Corps candidate? If what I really want to do is Peace Corps, would NCCC help me get there or be valuable of itself? [more inside]
posted by ramenopres on Nov 10, 2009 - 7 answers

Best use of my americorps award?

2 parter...1) I have an americorps education award thats around $4200. Should I use it to take some courses, or pay back student loans? I'm jobless, back at home, deciding between working and saving money, or taking prereqs for grad schools. 2) Going crazy and want OUT of home asap...job or school? [more inside]
posted by shinyshiny on Jul 21, 2009 - 7 answers

New York City for 1000 a month?

Is is possible to live in NYC on a $1000 a month living stipend without incuring lots of debt? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 18, 2009 - 34 answers

Help me become a Fed

How do I best utilize my Non-Competitive Eligibility from AmeriCorps to secure a job in the Federal government? [more inside]
posted by Skwirl on Mar 16, 2009 - 4 answers

What DC programs are best for Journalism and volunteering?

DC Masters in Journalism/volunteer work with students: Am I missing anything? [more inside]
posted by ginagina on Oct 21, 2008 - 4 answers

How do I get my americorps moolah?

LoanForgiveness Filter: I just completed my first year with AmeriCorps and come to find out that the student loan forgiveness benefit doesn't apply to my Plus loan. So, can I take out a student loan for my brother and use the AmeriCorps benefit on that? [more inside]
posted by karyotypical on Sep 2, 2008 - 5 answers

Suggestions for activism on a college campus?

How can I make volunteering/charity fun or interesting for college students? [more inside]
posted by nuclear_soup on Aug 20, 2008 - 10 answers

Is AmeriCorps worth looking into?

I'm thinking about applying for an AmeriCorps job with serious reservations. [more inside]
posted by macrowave on Jul 8, 2008 - 14 answers

How do I deal with non-profit disorganization?

I have been working for a non-profit in New York City for the past year. It is a great program, using education as an anti-poverty tool. There have been money and organizational problems since I began working here, but now it seems as though everything is falling apart. I need advice. [more inside]
posted by amileighs on Jun 19, 2007 - 9 answers

Is professional altruism dead?

Are National Service Organizations (AmeriCorps, VISTA, and NCCC) all they're cracked up to be? [more inside]
posted by Smarson on Mar 28, 2006 - 11 answers

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