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Capacity Building Focus Area Project

Capacity Building Focus Area Project

Capacity Building Focus Area Project

What do Members serving in the Capacity Building Focus Area actually do?

Remember, AmeriCorps Service in the Capacity Building Focus Area is divided into three categories: Capacity Building, Direct Service and Member Development. Below, you’ll find several examples of each.

Capacity Building activities must account for 80% or more of your hours. These activities include developing a volunteer generation plan; developing formal partnerships for volunteer recruitment; establishing a volunteer program; creating a volunteer manual/training/curriculum; developing a plan for liability coverage or insurance protection for volunteers; screening and matching volunteers to opportunities; writing policies and job descriptions for volunteer involvement; measuing annual volunteer impact; evaluating annual volunteer impact data; training staff in working with volunteers, volunteer recruitment/management/training, technology development, etc. Please refer to the Member Handbook for an expanded list of eligible projects for CSC members!

Direct Service activities can account for no more than 20% of your hours each month and must be related to your Capacity Building service project. These activities include facilitating programs or services with community members or providing any other services directly to community members.

Member Development hours can account for no more than 20% of your total hours served. These activities include attending courses or trainings that provide additional knowledge and reflection for capacity building activities, participation in meetings for reflection and planning, or attending workshops/conferences/conventions for volunteer management.

Where do these Members serve?

CSC Members focusing on capacity building for their term of service must complete their hours at a nonprofit organization focused on one of the following strategic priority areas: Education, Healthy Futures, Veterans and Military Families, Disaster Preparedness and Response, Environmental Stewardship, or Economic Opportunity. For descriptions of each priority area, please refer to the Member Handbook.

Please note that all Members serving in the Capacity Building Focus Area MUST track on a monthly basis the number of volunteers recruited, training and/or managed and the number of hours those volunteers serve.  In addition, Members must also track the number of effective volunteer management practices completed for their host site.


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