At Habitat Chicago, we rely on the thousands of hours invested by our service members each year to build a stronger mission.
Currently, our service members lead crews on our build site, support strategic neighborhood engagement work, coordinate volunteers, develop construction practices, craft compelling communications and so much more.
“AmeriCorps has given me patience, curiosity and it’s given me joy.”
No man is an island. That is why the mission of Americorps is to improve lives, strengthen communities and foster civic engagement through service and volunteering. Join countless men and women before you who have committed to making this world a better place for everyone.
Habitat AmeriCorps National
As an AmeriCorps National member, you serve directly with volunteers, homebuyers and the community. You may help build and repair houses, work in partnership with families to help them apply for housing or recruit and mobilize volunteers.
The types of positions we offer include neighborhood engagement, construction crew leadership, family services and volunteer services.
Habitat AmeriCorps VISTA
As a Habitat VISTA (Volunteer in Service to America) member, you focus on indirect service activities like generating resources, organizing volunteer services and developing procedures and programs to build capacity.
The types of positions we offer include construction systems, project development and resource development.
Whether you become a National or VISTA, the change you will drive is real.
2.3 million: Number of volunteers mobilized by AmeriCorps members each year
$1 billion: Resources leveraged for nonprofit organizations
9: The increased number in home builds Habitat organizations are able to complete if we use the AmeriCorps program
$3.3 billion: Amount received by AmeriCorps members in education awards to continue their education or help pay off student loans
Ignatian Volunteer Corps
Ignatian Volunteers are mature men and women, most age 50 or better, who either have retired from their primary careers or work fewer hours as they move towards retirement.
By contributing their leadership skills and life experience into service, Ignatian volunteers improve their communities and create a more just society.
Volunteers commit to work two days a week for 10 months a year, and play critical roles for the Habitat Chicago mission and the people we serve. Some volunteers choose projects unrelated to their former job experience, and find this enriching, while others use their professional skills to serve the organization.
The types of IVC positions we offer include: construction systems, accounting and business management.
Benefits vary for each volunteer program, but may include:
A living allowance
An education award
Health plan benefits
Student loan forbearance
Personal and sick days
Counseling and financial planning resources
You’ll be in Good Company
Over 60% of current Habitat Chicago employees completed a term of service through AmeriCorps or similar programs prior to joining our staff.
Year-long service members join our team annually and volunteer as part of a cohort. Available positions are listed below.
Use Your Voice Today
The impact of AmeriCorps (and other national volunteer programs) is clear and its benefits far outweigh its costs.
According to a Columbia University research study, for every $1 put into national service programs like AmeriCorps, $3.95 is returned to society in the way of earnings, output and community-wide gains.
In 2016, AmeriCorps and other national service programs totaled only 0.02% of the federal budget, a miniscule sum for such beneficial programs.
Even so, the most recently proposed federal budget significantly cuts funding to the Corporation for National and Community Service and its affiliated programs.
Tell your friends, family, neighbors and congressperson that you (and 83% of all American voters!) stand for national service and the better world it builds.