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OLYMPIA – More than a thousand slots are available this fall for people to serve their local communities while earning money for college.

Applications for AmeriCorps positions that begin in fall 2010 are now being accepted by the Washington Service Corps. Members serve with nonprofit organizations and local government agencies to address community needs, such as tutoring at-risk youths, fighting poverty, restoring waterways and preparing communities for disasters. In return, they’ll receive a monthly stipend and an education award that can be used for college costs. 

“Answering the call to public service changes communities and changes lives,” said Employment Security Commissioner Karen Lee. “The personal and financial rewards make it a great option for anyone who wants to make a difference.”

More than 1,000 positions will start in September 2010 and last for 10½ to 12 months of full-time service. Varying levels of experience and education are accepted, and applicants must be at least 17 years old.  Members receive a living allowance as well as an education award of $5,350 that can be used for college costs or to pay off qualified student loans.

Funding comes primarily from the federal government and is distributed to local communities by the Washington Service Corps, which is operated by the state Employment Security Department.

To learn more and to apply for 2010 positions, visit www.esd.wa.gov/washingtonservicecorps or call 888-713-6080.


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The AmeriCorps program is now recruiting for positions beginning this fall. Members provide mentoring, tutoring, environmental restoration and disaster preparedness assistance within local communities.

All openings last for up to 12 months of full-time service. 

Members must be at least 17 years old.  If accepted, they will receive a living allowance, as well as an education award of more than five-thousand dollars that can be used for college or to pay off student loans.

To learn more, please visit www.esd.wa.gov/washingtonservicecorps/ or call 888-713-6080.