United Way of Greater New Bedford is currently recruiting for 20 AmeriCorps members, 10 full-time and 10 part-time, who will provide a variety of supports for families with children under the age of 18 in the Greater New Bedford area for the New Bedford Strengthening Families Program (NBSF).

The NBSF AmeriCorps program uses the Strengthening Families Protective Factors Framework that centers on five interrelated family protective factors that are known to be associated with child abuse and neglect prevention. These protective factors are:

  1. Knowledge of parenting and child development
  2. Concrete supports in times of need
  3. Social connections
  4. Social and emotional competence of children
  5. Parental resilience.

The Program is looking to hire multiple individuals for two specific positions: Parenting Skills Facilitators and Resource Specialists. Parenting Skills Facilitators are trained to provide Nurturing Parenting Programs that are "designed to help families replace negative patterns with new, positive, nurturing patterns”. Resource Specialists are trained to assist New Bedford parents and caregivers with children under age 18 in accessing concrete supports such as health care and public benefit access, financial literacy, employment, and other referrals to needed services. AmeriCorps will be placed at United Way of Greater New Bedford or other community organizations.

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“This is an amazing opportunity for an individual looking to gain valuable experience working with families and give back to their community,” Stan Brajer, Director of the New Bedford Community Connections Coalition at UWGNB said. “We are incredibly excited and fortunate to have this program here in Greater New Bedford.”

When you serve with AmeriCorps, you join a network of community agencies serving families in Greater New Bedford and a national network of more than 1 million strong. Individuals who serve with AmeriCorps build new skill sets that they can take with them wherever they go!

AmeriCorps is a national service program where members provide service to make people safer, stronger, and healthier and to strengthen their communities. Full-time members serve a minimum of 40 hours per week for a total of 1700 hours and can earn up to $16,000. Part-time members serve a minimum of 20 hours per week and can earn up to $7,875. Service terms run from September 2021 to August 2022. After successfully completing a service term, members are eligible to receive an Education Award that can be used to pay education costs at qualified institutions of higher education, for educational training, or to repay qualified student loans. Full-time members are also eligible for Health Insurance and Childcare if needed and applicable. Student loan deferment may also be available.

To apply today please visit the AmeriCorps Application page. New Bedford Mitsubishi encourages you to Live United.

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