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The People Inc. E.T.H.O.S. AmeriCorps Program stands for Empowerment Through Helping Others Succeed. Ethos is a Greek word meaning "character" that is used to describe the guiding beliefs or ideals that characterize a community, nation or ideology.

AmeriCorps is a national program, often referred to as the domestic version of the Peace Corps. It connects people and organizations committed to using national service to address community needs.

The New York State Commission on National and Community Service is a Governor-appointed body of statewide leaders in service, established by Executive Order in 1994. The Commission currently oversees more than 30 AmeriCorps programs that build and reinforce a culture of service, citizenship and responsibility. In New York State, approximately 4,000 AmeriCorps members serve their communities each year. Community service offers citizens a way to improve their lives while also bringing substantive, enduring change to their communities.

Your New Mission

People Inc. E.T.H.O.S. AmeriCorps members will serve part time with flexible hours, performing service three to four days each week. Service terms run up to one year and members can apply to re-enroll.

Our members will work with staff, within our organization or at partner agencies, engaged in the services that are typically offered, such as therapeutic recreation programs for veterans, day habilitation services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, case management services for Deaf, services for people with traumatic brain injury, admissions, low income or senior housing. The members will assist staff in the delivery of services or program development. American Sign Language (ASL) fluency is needed for assignments with the Deaf program.

An additional focus of the member’s service will include assessing the needs of the people we support as it related to the impact of COVID-19. An assessment tool is used to identify challenges people are experiencing along 20 life areas. The member works with the person supported, staff and advisors to create bridges to solutions and to develop resources. Regular peer support meetings and case conferences are held to offer guidance and training on client engagement, effective communication and tools for assessment and service delivery.

A new opportunity is available with our partner agency the Care Managerment Coalition of Western New York to help clients gain better access, create a platform for system change through collaboration and innovation, while increasing agency efficiency and cost effectiveness. Apply below.

Qualifications

Those who have served in the U.S. Military (including the Guard and Reserve), their families or those who have a disability are encouraged to apply.

  • Be at least 18 years of age AND
  • Have a high school diploma or equivalent (some exceptions apply) AND
  • Be a citizen, national or lawful permanent resident alien of the United States

Benefits

  • Job training and new skills that enhance career opportunities.
  • Living allowance* during the entire service term, based on the amount of hours. These hours will vary based on the member's availability and the specific needs of the program.
  • Student loan deferment.
  • Education Award upon completion of service to help pay for eligible college, graduate school or vocational training; G.I. Bill approved programs or to repay student loans:
    • If an AmeriCorps member is at least 55 years of age at the start of their service, they can transfer this award to their children, step-children, foster children, grandchildren or step-grandchildren.

*Note: Income received through this program is taxable. This should not count against your SSI, but may affect SSDI and other benefits you are receiving. Talk with us and consult your benefits worker for more information.

You will gain valuable job skills, connect with a diverse team of people and have a positive impact in your community, as you help others succeed. Our goal is for you to increase your job prospects in the field of human services or other jobs where the skills gained are transferable. We will be pleased to consider you for employment upon successful completion of your service.

Now Accepting Applications

It is important to start the application process as soon as possible. AmeriCorps members will work alongside our staff at People Inc., participating in a variety of human service activities in our agency programs, in the community and with other community-based organizations. Become part of our effort to help people achieve their life goals with your support. Apply through the My AmeriCorps portal.

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To view available AmeriCorps service opportunities at People Inc., view the listing or visit My AmeriCorps Portal (my.americorps.gov), click “Search listings,” then at Program Name, enter People Inc ETHOS. Select Apply Now and register.

Here is what a few our members have to say about their experience:

  • "Since becoming an ETHOS member, I have felt tremendous personal growth. I have been unable to work a traditional job due to my health, and ETHOS has provided me with an amazing opportunity. Signing up is truly one of the best decisions I have ever made!" ~ Brynn Brewington
  • "Being a member of People Inc. ETHOS AmeriCorps program has allowed me to create meaningful connections and build a supportive and encouraging community of artists. At the Arts Experience, I have been inspired to engage with my art in a new and exciting way. I would recommend the program for someone looking to make a positive, personal impact in their community." ~ Lizzy Hinman
  • "My involvement with Deaf Access Services (DAS), an affiliate of People Inc. has been monumental in shaping my career because I am able to connect with and help those with experiences similar to mine. As a member, I provide support, resources, education and other opportunities to the Western New York Deaf and hard of hearing community, especially local refugees and immigrants." ~ Yann Spindler

ETHOS Community Advisory Group

The Community Advisory Group is comprised of people who care passionately about veterans and people living with disabilities who can offer expert input and guidance to support the program’s success. The members are: Frank Cammarata, Erie County Office for People with Disabilities; Sam Mattle, Center for Self-Advocacy; Trey Randle, Veterans One-stop Center of WNY; Sophia Roberts, SANYS; Kathy Zunner, Veterans One-stop Center of WNY; Dave LoTempio, People Inc. and Jeff Sanderson, People Inc.

Learn More

Information: Email Pamela Kefi, program director, at AmeriCorps@people-inc.org or call 716.833.1637, ext. 100.