Washington State is home to almost 600,000 veterans, making it 12th in the nation for the largest veteran population. Sadly, many of our state’s veterans face significant challenges when returning from service, including loss of purpose and a sense of isolation; lack of access to healthcare and behavioral health services; post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury, major depression; and joblessness.
Research shows that volunteering in the community improves mental and physical health, and provides relief from feelings of isolation and loss of purpose. For many veterans, regular volunteering to help others in need provides the first step in overcoming the physical, mental and emotional wounds of war, and finding a new, fulfilling path forward.
As a WSC AmeriCorps member, you will help reach out to the local veteran community, and engage veterans in volunteer opportunities. Examples of organizations you could serve at:
• Free Rein Therapeutic Riding (Spokane, WA). Spokane County is home to Fairchild Airforce Base, and more than 44,000 military veterans. Free Rein’s Military Horsemanship Program engages vets on two levels: providing alternative and complementary therapies to veterans in the program, and recruiting veterans as program volunteers. Among the service you will provide as an AmeriCorps member, you will recruit and train volunteers, provide assistance to program instructors, and be involved in program outreach and development.
• American Red Cross (Spokane, WA). Serving in this program, you will deliver services, programs, and educational presentations to better prepare service members and their families during times of emergencies and deployments, in addition to recruiting and managing program volunteers.
These positions are full-time (40 hours/week) for 6 months.
• Monthly stipend of $1,307
• Health insurance coverage
• Childcare assistance, if qualified
• Upon successful completion of the service term, an education award of almost $3,000 that can be used to pay for college tuition, pay off existing qualified school loans, or – if the member is at least 55 years of age – can be transferred to a child or grandchild.
Learn more about available positions at www.washingtonservicecorps.org!
Childcare assistance if eligible, Education award upon successful completion of service, Health coverage, Living allowance, Student loan forbearance, Training
Subject to criminal background check
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