Each year, One Roof partners with the YWCA of Central Alabama’s “Building Communities, Bettering Lives” AmeriCorps program to host two AmeriCorps members. AmeriCorps members offer fantastic assistance to One Roof and become part of the One Roof team, helping our agency to fulfill our mission: to equip and empower our community to prevent and end homelessness through advocacy, education, and coordination of services. AmeriCorps members have played an important role in One Roof’s growth over the past few years.
While serving with One Roof, AmeriCorps members learn a wealth of new professional skills, have front-line experience in a non-profit organization, and build close ties and get involved in the Birmingham community. During their year of service, AmeriCorps members also attend professional development trainings and get to know many local non-profits and what they’re doing to better Birmingham. Members receive a modest living stipend as well as an Education Award, which can be used to assist with the cost of student loans or tuition.
The AmeriCorps program is ideal for individuals who are passionate about serving their communities, individuals interested in getting involved with non-profit work, and individuals who are building their professional experience and portfolio.
Here are some testimonials from current and former AmeriCorps members who served through the YWCA’s program at One Roof:
During my year of service at One Roof, I’ve further developed my skills as a team member and learned that ending homelessness, like many other issues related to social justice, must be a coordinated community effort. As a former teacher, I’ve appreciated the rewarding opportunity to educate community members, service providers, and high school, undergraduate, and graduate students about issues facing various subpopulations experiencing homelessness in our community. As a writer, I’ve enjoyed researching, writing, and editing posts about issues related to homelessness on One Roof’s blog. I’m particularly invested in advocating for community members who identify as LGBTQ+ and, because of my involvement with One Roof, I’ve been able to do this in a very real way by attending meetings of local interest groups and presenting at conferences. Being at One Roof has allowed me the space to deepen my commitment to social justice while learning valuable skills and building self-confidence.
– Josh Helms, 2013-2014 Service Year
I served with One Roof for two years after I graduated college. I firmly believe that this was the best decision that I’ve ever made for myself; serving at One Roof, I was able to engage the Birmingham community in a meaningful way and learn more about social justice issues (a true passion of mine). The team I served with was empowering and encouraged me to take on my own projects with creativity and to lead new projects. At One Roof, I gained a wealth of professional experience and personal growth I wouldn’t have had somewhere else. I now have experience with grant writing, doing in-house graphic design work, designing educational materials to teach others about homelessness, volunteer and event coordination, and networking skills I never thought I would have. My AmeriCorps service was a huge confidence builder, and it really helped me to cultivate my skills and talents to serve my community. I’m now proud to say that because of AmeriCorps, I’ve been hired as an employee for One Roof.
– Stacy Oliver, 2011-2013 Service Years
One Roof is currently looking for a Capacity Building Assistant and a Community Outreach Assistant. Applications are due by July 15, 2014, to the YWCA of Central Alabama. To apply and for more information, visit http://www.ywcabham.org/americorps or contact Angela Moore, firstname.lastname@example.org
Positions will start in the first week of September, 2014. Position descriptions here: