La Puente would not be able to operate our programs and services if it were not for the committed service of our full time volunteers and AmeriCorps Members. These members come from all over the country to serve with La Puente. While they are here, they serve a full 40 hours a week, take part in community living, and participate in professional development activities such as various trainings, retreats, and community nights.
The Rural Alliance for Dignity (RAD) is a program of La Puente, empowering isolated rural nonprofits in Southern Colorado to meet their mission. This is accomplished through a dual effort of AmeriCorps members providing boots-on-the-ground program implementation and a cohort of executive directors providing support to each other as they focus on capacity building goals for their nonprofits. The heart of RAD is a collaborative effort to address the problems of endemic poverty and geographic isolation that give way to the symptoms of economic insecurity, homelessness, hunger and malnutrition, negative health factors, low-quality education, minimal youth opportunity, and more, by strengthening locally developed solutions. Lacking organizational capacity and human capital to implement/maintain/strengthen and sustain their programs, many rural nonprofits struggle to keep their operations flowing which can impact effectiveness.
RAD Host Sites
What is AmeriCorps?
AmeriCorps is a National Service Program through the Corporation for National and Community Service that engages over 70,000 American every year in impactful service to communities nationwide. AmeriCorps provides members with professional development while promoting civic engagement and directly meeting community needs.
La Puente hosts 19 AmeriCorps Members and host 17 Americorps members at various host sites every year through Serve Colorado. During their year AmeriCorps Members will be enrolled in 1-2 AmeriCorps terms where they are eligible to earn up to $6,095 in AmeriCorps Education Awards. These Awards can be used to pay off qualified student loans or to pay for future schooling at most Colleges and Universities. Members are also eligible to put their federal student loans in forbearance during their service.
This material is based upon work supported by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) under AmeriCorps Grant No.18AFHCO0010004. Opinions or points of view expressed in this document/website are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the official position of, or a position that is endorsed by, CNCS or the AmeriCorps program.
All AmeriCorps Members and Full-Time Volunteers are required to live in one of five, fully furnished, volunteer houses with 4-7 other members. The purpose of community living is to build a community based on service, simple living, and intentional relationships. Members are also expected to be active members in community night trainings, service retreats, and other community events. The service community at La Puente brings together members of different backgrounds to create a diverse community with the similar value of service.
The United Church of Christ’s Partners in Service program provides La Puente with two full-time international volunteers each year. These volunteers serve about 40 hours a week at two of La Puente’s Social Enterprises, Rainbow’s End Thrift Store and Milagros Coffee House. They also serve 2-3 times a month at either our PALS Children’s Program or serving meals at our Homeless Shelter. During their time at La Puente, UCC Volunteers will have the opportunity to become immersed in rural southwestern American culture, learn how American politics & beliefs relate to issues of social justice, and develop a stronger understanding of social entrepreneurship.
United Church of Christ Volunteers must be 18 years of age, speak & understand basic English, and be open to walking or biking to their service sites.
For more information about the Partners in Service Program or to apply for this opportunity check out their website at http://www.ucc.org/partners-in-service.
Aside from housing, each of our service member receive benefits including a living stipend, access to health insurance, and transportation!
If you are interested in serving with La Puente please complete the Long-Term Service Application and return to Alicia Salazar at Admin.firstname.lastname@example.org or mail to 317 State Ave, Alamosa, CO 81101. We will review applications on a rolling basis until all positions have been filled.
This program is available to all without regard to race, color, national origin, disability, age, sex, political affiliation, or religion. All are encouraged to apply.
317 State Ave.
Alamosa, CO 81101
AmeriCorps Service Opportunities
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