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Residents encouraged to apply for AmeriCorps National Service

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The Louisville Area Chapter of the American Red Cross is currently accepting applications for AmeriCorps National Service! Members of the National Preparedness & Response Corps will complete projects that enhance organizational service delivery and expand community resources while developing their professional skill base. Service locations:  Louisville, Jeffersonville, Ind.; Frankfort, Paducah,; Bowling Green and Madisonville, Ky.

Members of the National Preparedness & Response Corps will:

•Provide age-appropriate and culturally aware community disaster education presentations in high-risk areas with a goal of increasing awareness and knowledge of disasters and other emergencies while influencing behavior change in service recipients.

•Respond on national, regional, and local disaster relief operations.

•Serve as members of a Disaster Action Team.

•Recruit, train, mentor and actively engage volunteers in chapter programs and services.

•Assist with response readiness, including shelter and vendor agreement   management.

•Conduct extensive community outreach campaigns and serve as key   representatives at community events.

•Develop community contacts, network with local agencies and be a positive ambassador for the American Red Cross and the National Preparedness & Response Corps.

Requirements

•Willing to make an 11 month commitment (beginning on August 6, 2012) and complete 1700 hours of service

•At least 18 years of age by the start of the program

•A U.S. Citizen, U.S. National or lawful permanent resident alien of the U.S.

•Minimum, high school diploma or GED, College degree highly desired •Current valid driver’s license and a clean driving record

•Previous successful experience working with diverse populations

•At least one year of volunteer or community service experience

•Excellent organizational skills

•Excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication skills.

•Excellent public speaking skills

•Ability to be deployed on national, regional, and local disaster relief operations lasting three weeks

•Demonstrated professionalism, flexibility and initiative

•Team-oriented

•Bilingual Spanish a plus

Program Benefits

•$13,000 living stipend for 11 months of service

•Upon successful completion of the program, eligible for an education award in the amount of $5,550.00.

•Health Insurance Provided and Childcare available if eligible.

For more information, visit www.AmeriCorps.gov or contact Shannon Hoskins at (502)561-3697 or AmeriCorps@louisville-redcross.org.

To apply for this position, send a cover letter and resume’ to AmeriCorps@louisville-redcross.org (Please be sure to state your desired   location in your cover letter.) Application Deadline: July 20, 2012.