Washington Service Corps needs people now

OLYMPIA – The Washington Reading Corps needs people 17 years or older who are interested in education and want to make a difference by helping elementary school children learn to read.

The Reading Corps, part of the Washington Service Corps under the federal AmeriCorps umbrella, has positions open at schools in Bellingham, Ferndale, Anacortes, Port Angeles, Silverdale, Bremerton, Tacoma, Manson, Winthrop and Wishram.

The Service Corps also has an opening at a WorkSource office in Tacoma for someone interested in helping job seekers hone their computer skills. This candidate must be 18 to 25 years old.

The deadline for all positions is approaching quickly! Those interested must contact the Service Corps by Sept. 26.

·         For the Reading Corps positions, contact Terri Jack at tjack@esd.wa.gov or 360-407-1349.

·         For the position at WorkSource Pierce County, contact Lorraine Coots at lcoots@esd.wa.gov or 360-407-1344.

Washington Service Corps AmeriCorps members commit to 10-and-a-half-month terms of community service, meeting educational, environmental, health and public-safety needs and more in communities across Washington. In return, they receive a modest living allowance, health insurance, training and an educational scholarship. Eligible members with children also can receive help with childcare.

Volunteering and community service increase chances of getting a job. A 2013 study by the Corporation for National and Community Service found that volunteers are 27 percent more likely than non-volunteers to find a job after being out of work.

The Washington Service Corps is administered by the state Employment Security Department.

Visit the Washington Service Corps website for more information.

 

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