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AmeriCorps Home Repair Crew Member

Christian Appalachian Project
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Christian Appalachian Project (CAP) Home Repair Crew Members serve in teams of 2-3 and assist the employee or volunteer crew leader in home repairs and new construction for low-income families, the elderly, and persons with disabilities. Some members serve in CAP's Housing Program, which does major rehabs for individuals and families, while others serve in our Elderly Housing Program, which has a specific focus on smaller repairs and improvements that makes home more accessible for the elderly and disabled.

Service Activities

--Under the guidance of the Lead Person, performs construction activities and leads the activities of volunteers and homeowners to perform
home repairs/new construction on houses/property owned by low-income persons to improve living conditions of the occupants.
--Responsible for the care and accountability of all equipment and tools.
--Required to have/develop carpentry skills/leadership skills in order to lead crews in repair and construction or perform repair/construction
in the absence of a group.
--Advises program participant(s) of other services provided by CAP that he or she would qualify for. Crew member would connect
participant with program personnel responsible for assisting participants in the application process of additional services.
--Serves in other CAP and AmeriCorps programs when doing so does not interfere with the above duties.
--Participates in additional training and enrichment opportunities as assigned.

Community Need Addressed

Corps members address substandard housing in rural, low-income counties.

Position Outcomes

Corps members will will increase the safety, accessibility, and livability of housing among low-income home owners.


Education award upon successful completion of service, Health coverage, Housing, Living allowance, Relocation allowance (if applicable), Student loan forbearance, Training

In addition to the benefits described above, members also receive access to free mental health counseling. All food and housing is provided for members who choose to live in a CAP volunteer community house. Members who choose to live on their own receive an increased living allowance in lieu of room and board.

Education Benefits

GED/High School Diploma

CPR, First Aid

Skills you will gain

construction skills, leadership, communication, conflict resolution

Competencies You Will Develop

Demonstrate sensitivity and empathy, Listen to and consider others' viewpoints, Maintain open lines of communication with others, Speak clearly, in precise language and in a logical, organized and coherent manner
Creativity & Problem Solving
Communicate the problem to appropriate personnel, Improvise, Provide relevant expertise, Select and implement well-considered solution
Derive consensus, Develop constructive working relationships and maintain them over time, Establish a high degree of trust and credibility with others, Interact professionally and respectfully with supervisors and co-workers, Stay positive and outcome oriented, Use appropriate strategies and solutions for dealing with conflicts and differences to maintain a smooth workflow
Accepts responsibility, Anticipate the consequences of decisions, Identify and prioritize the key issues involved to facilitate the decision making process, Involve people appropriately in decisions that may impact them, Quickly respond with a back-up plan if a decision goes amiss
Carefully consider which tools or technological solutions are appropriate for a given job, Consistently choose the best tool or technological solution for the problem at hand, Operate tools and equipment in accordance with established operating procedures, safety standards, and ethical guidelines, Seek opportunities to improve knowledge of tools and technologies that may assist in streamlining work and improving productivity
Able to prioritize various competing tasks, Create environment of contribution, Create plan of action, schedule tasks so that work is completed on time, Demonstrate the effective allocation of time and resources efficiently, Effectively delegate tasks, Facilitate group planning, Set goals
Be pleasant, courteous, professional and respectful when dealing with internal and external customers or clients, Evaluate customer or client satisfaction, Honor the privilege of being able to work with and for those being served, Provide personalized, prompt, and efficient service to meet the requirements, requests and needs of customers, Recognize the importance of maintaining privacy and confidentiality of those being served, Understand and anticipate the needs of others, Understand the importance of one's role in the functioning of the organization, Understand the significance of maintaining a healthful and safe environment
  • Activity Types Hands On Activities
  • Focus Areas Homelessness & Housing
  • Length of Service 12 Months
  • Education Requirements High School Graduate
  • Placement Team Placement
  • Service Setting Community-based Nonprofit, Religious Organization
  • Weekly Training Hours 2

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