Volunteer with Red Cross for scholarhips

Volunteer with Red Cross for scholarhips

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC4 - Utah) The Red Cross has a new opportunity: they are partnering with AmeriCorps to provide scholarships for volunteers.

They are the first to jump at any emergency – big or small. Now the Red Cross has a new opportunity: they are partnering with AmeriCorps to provide scholarships for volunteers. 

That educational stipend can be passed to any family member – kids, grandchildren.

“AmeriCorps members are asked to serve a certain number of hours throughout the year, and they received an educational stipend,” said Heidi Ruster, regional CEO of the Utah Red Cross. “You do get a small stipend, but it is very much national service and volunteer work.”

In order to qualify, you must be over 17 years old, commit to serve full-time for 1 year, and meet the 1700 minimum hours requirement (approx. 35-40 hours per week.)

In return, volunteers receive a $5,550 AmeriCorps Education Award (upon successful completion of service term commitment and 1700 hours of service,) living stipend (before taxes) distributed evenly every two weeks, basic Health Insurance (covers member only and only if no other health insurance.)

There are 10 open AmeriCorps positions across the state.

The state of Utah has 900 Red Cross volunteers, but they always need more.

There's a bevy of different opportunities that people can fulfill in the Red Cross no matter what their interests and their skill levels are,” said Ruster.

Katie Davis is taking another approach, she is getting real-world experience while finishing school, interning with Red Cross’ public affairs office.

“I've had so many experiences in such a little time,” said Davis. “With floods, and fires, and everything.”

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