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Call for Leadership – Apply Today!

We are seeking three new executive board members to begin service in late February. The Executive Board is a working board that collectively plans for and administers the services and programs of the Seattle AmeriCorps Collaborative. As the principal governing body of SAC, the Executive Board makes strategic decisions to advance the organization’s mission, representing the interests of the overall network of AmeriCorps programs and members that engage with SAC. Basic requirements for serving on the Executive Board are:

  1. Be a currently serving AmeriCorps member at time of application
  2. Attend monthly board meetings
  3. Show dedication to enhancing the AmeriCorps experience for members in Seattle

Those who join the Executive Board develop professional skills that make them highly employable upon finishing their AmeriCorps terms. Each position requires leadership and the ability to work in a dynamic team setting. What’s more, your team is in control of SAC’s strategy and activities; these higher-level responsibilities can truly foster growth for someone whose AmeriCorps position is considered entry level. Depending on your position within the Board, you may be tasked with planning an event for 50-100 people, developing a small grant proposal, conducting member surveys and analyzing the data, developing our website, creating an annual budget, and more. To say that you are on the board of a nonprofit dedicated to leveraging the impact of national service members looks great on a resume, and throughout the year you will have the opportunity to make new contacts that can benefit your career. We are proud to say that all three outgoing board members have recently secured nonprofit jobs, and we hope you will bring your amazing skills and leadership to our board this year.

We are currently recruiting for the following positions for the 2016 year: Board Chair, Events Lead, and Membership Development Lead.

Duties of the Board Chair include:

  • Serve as the face of the organization when interacting with events and sponsor groups
  • Encourage and oversee the work of the officers, activities, and organizational development.
  • Plan agendas for monthly meetings
  • Develop and maintain infrastructure of organization through bylaws, constitution, policies, procedures, and partnerships/contracts
  • Oversee budget

Duties of the Events Lead include:

  • Create solidarity among fellow current AmeriCorps members
  • Offer a small social or service events at least once month
  • Help lead the annual Fall Living on a Stipend Presentation
  • Identify and promote external opportunities for member interaction

Duties of the Membership Development Lead include:

  • Create and share personal and professional growth opportunities for members
  • Determine needs of members and develop appropriate services to meet those needs
  • Identify ambassadors in AmeriCorps cohorts to assist with major events
  • Help lead the annual Spring Job Fair

Email us at seattleaccollaborative@gmail.com and let us know what position you are interested in! Deadline for applications is February 5, 2016.

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MLK Day: Celebrate With Us

 

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As the spokesman for nonviolent activism and civil rights, MLK faced challenges and adversity each day, and dedicated his life to the service of others. The campaign for a federal holiday honoring his work began shortly after his assassination, and faced major resistance. It was not officially recognized in all 50 states until 25 years later in 2000. Federal legislation that honors MLK Day as a National Day of Service challenges Americans to transform the King Holiday into a day of citizen action volunteer service to honor Dr. King.

This challenge comes easy to those who’ve dedicated a year to National Service, and anyone who has dedicated a year to AmeriCorps is answering life’s most urgent question with their passion and dedication for service on MLK day, and every day.

In celebration of MLK’s birthday, and continuation of service-minded leadership, we would like to invite you to an event on MLK Day. Our MLK Day Social will allow space for gratitude and action after your service. Please join us on January 18, 2016 at 4:00 p.m. at Chuck’s Hop Shop  (Central District), an all ages location, to connect with other service members in the Seattle area.

To learn more about the MLK Day of National Service, watch this video about the MLK Day of Service Legacy.


OUR MISSION is to ensure that every AmeriCorps member’s year of service is as fulfilling and impactful as possible; leveraging the talents, knowledge and resources of a connected and service minded community.

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Paying It Forward

My name is Ryan Lum, I am the Chair of the Seattle AmeriCorps Collaborative. I personally am a State/National AmeriCorps serving with Habitat for Humanity Seattle King County that started my term in January of this year.

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One of the biggest comments that I feel you get as an AmeriCorps is: “I bet your family must be so proud of you,” which is something that I do want to address. I personally don’t come from a family of service minded people: all of my grandparents were immigrants to the United States; and my parents, aunts, and uncles took paths in the for-profit world. However, I did grow up in a culture that fostered compassion, empathy, and love.

The idea of family and community have been constant themes in my life. One of the most salient moments that solidified these values came when I was nine. It was in the fall (which is right around the corner), the weather was bad, my mom got sick with what she thought was the flu, and one night she went to sleep and never woke up. She had an undiagnosed case of diabetes, and went into a diabetic coma in her sleep and passed away suddenly but peacefully.

Conflict and stress is a really good test of community; and I can honestly say that my mother was a very kind person who always looked after others (often to the point of not looking after herself) that after her passing, her community of loved ones really folded their wings around my family. My aunts and uncles would come over and help teach my sister and I how to cook and clean (very much a teach a man to fish as opposed to feed a man a fish mentality); my teachers would make sure my sister and I got to and from school safely; friends (who I think are more like non-blood family) would watch over us in the evening in the form of free child care for my dad. And while I do agree that some of this was out of guilt for the unfortunate situation that had happened to my family, it was also rooting in altruism and doing things because they are the right thing to do.

When somebody does something nice for you, the automatic response is to return the favor in equal (or hopefully greater) form. However, as a nine year old kid, with no power or prestige or capital in the world; feeling all of this honest kindness and love, there was no way for me to repay that back. Faced with that dilemma, I felt (and still do feel) that the best way that I can honor that gift of compassion was to not pay it back, but to pay it forward. That idea is what brought me here and drives me through my AmeriCorps term.

One of missions of SAC is to foster solidarity among all of its AmeriCorps members (past and present). I look forward to more shared stories of service as a place where we can build empathy and remind us that we are all in this together.