This page will review all of the details of serving successfully as an AmeriCorps member with DPI. New members in particular might find it helpful to review these details as you are starting out your term. Be sure to be in touch with any of the DPI AmeriCorps Program Staff (Steve and Laura) if you have any questions.
Required Paperwork to become a Member (these can all be downloaded below)
BEFORE YOU START YOUR SERVICE
Be absolutely sure that ALL paperwork is dated ON OR BEFORE YOUR OFFICIAL START DATE. If you are not sure what your start date is, please contact Laura (email@example.com).
1. AmeriCorps Application on the My AmeriCorps portal (click here for the posting) or Your Resume
2. Member Contract
3. AmeriCorps Eligibility form (this form requires either [a] your US Passport, OR [b] your driver's license and birth certificate)
4. AmeriCorps Enrollment form
5. Health Insurance form
6. Childcare waiver form
7. Publicity release form
Paperwork for DPI's Payroll Department
1. W-4 Federal Withholding
2. WT-4 Wisconsin Withholding
3. Payroll Questionnaire
4. Direct deposit form and voided bank check
5. Veteran's New Hire form
6. Disability self-identification form
You will receive via US Mail a "Fingerprint Kit". You will need to contact your local police department to make an appointment to have your fingerprints returned to DPI... it is all explained in the kit!
After you have been approved as a member you and your supervisor will be asked to return:
Get to Know your Site form
Action Plan for your service
Be sure all forms are completed and submitted to Laura Paella as soon as possible. Faxing (or if you have access to a scanner, emailing) is the best way to get it to us! Fax # 608-266-1965 (Attn: Laura Paella).
Required Number of Hours
Full Time: 1700 hours
Half Time: 900 hours
Quarter Time: 450 hours
Minimum Time: 300 hours
SL&L Full Time: $12,100 or $576 every two weeks for 21 pay periods
SL&L Half Time: $6,405 or $305 every two weeks for 21 pay periods
SL&L Full Time: $5,550
SL&L Half Time: $2,775
SL&L Quarter Time: $1,470
SL&L Minimum Time: $1,176
Read more about the education award here.
Child Care (full time members only)
Full time AmeriCorps members are eligible to receive financial assistance for child care if they fall within the income guidelines set by the State of Wisconsin for such assistance. Assistance can only be provided if the child is enrolled in a licenses Daycare Center or a licensed Family Day Care Home. You can learn more from the First Financial (the administer of the childcare benefits) website here.
Health Insurance (full time members only)
Full-time AmeriCorps members are eligible to receive health insurance while actively serving in the AmeriCorps program. This insurance is available if the member is currently not enrolled in another health insurance plan and covers only the members, and not others in the family. Be sure to complete the Health Insurance form and return it to DPI ASAP if you are interested in enrolling.
Full Time Members: 10 tutees/mentees
Half Time Members: 5 tutees/mentees
Mentoring will include life and academic skills. Tutoring will be in subject areas as defined by student need.
2. Volunteer Recruitment and Coordination
Full Time Members: 20 volunteers
Half Time Members: 10 volunteers
Remember, volunteers cannot be paid or receive academic credit. Volunteers need to serve an average of 10 hours each.
3. Coordinate a youth-led civic engagement or community service project
Full-Time Members will work on one year-long or two shorter community service projects. Plan to involve at least 20 students and at least 10 adults in the service projects they organize.
Half-Time Members will complete one community service project involving at least 10 students and at least 5 adults.
In addition to the performance measures listed above, all members are required to participate in one National Day of Service throughout the year. Check out the Project Calendar or the national service days calendar website for upcoming Days of Service!
1) Attempting to influence legislation.
2) Organizing or engaging in protests, petitions, boycotts, or strikes.
3) Assisting, promoting, or deterring union organizing.
4) Impairing existing contracts for services or collective bargaining agreements.
5) Engaging in partisan political activities, or other activities
6) Participating in, or endorsing, events or activities that are likely to include advocacy for or against political parties, political platforms, political candidates, proposed legislation, or elected officials.
7) Engaging in religious instruction, conducting worship services, providing instruction as part of a program that includes mandatory religious instruction or worship, constructing or operating facilities devoted to religious instruction or worship, maintaining facilities primarily or inherently devoted to religious instruction or worship, or engaging in any form of religious proselytization.
8) Providing a direct benefit to—
-A business organized for profit;
- A labor union;
- A partisan political organization;
- A nonprofit organization that fails to comply with the restrictions contained in section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 except that nothing in this section shall be construed to prevent participants from engaging in advocacy activities undertaken at their own initiative; and
-An organization engaged in the religious activities described in paragraph (7) of this section, unless Corporation assistance is not used to support those religious activities.
9) Conducting a voter registration drive or using Corporation funds to conduct a voter registration drive.
10) Providing abortion services or referrals for receipt of such services.
11) Such other activities as the Corporation may prohibit.
Prohibited Fundraising Activities
• Raising funds for the living allowance.
• Raising funds for an organization’s operating expenses or endowment.
• Writing grant applications for AmeriCorps funding or for any other funding provided by the Corporation for National and Community Service.
• Writing grant applications for funding provided by any other federal agencies.
Members cannot perform duties
• That will supplant the hiring of employed workers.
• Are services or duties with respect to which an individual has recall rights pursuant to a collective bargaining agreement or applicable personnel procedures; or have been performed by or were assigned to any
-Presently employed worker.
-Employee who recently resigned or was discharged.
-Employee who is on leave.
-Employee who is on strike or is being locked out.
-Employee who is subject to a reduction in force or has recall rights subject to a collective bargaining agreement or applicable personnel procedure.
Please refer to your Member Contract for a complete list of Prohibited Activities.