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  1. 1. New Jersey AmeriCorps Bonner Leader Program & New Jersey AmeriCorps PolicyOptions Corps“Access to Education, Opportunity to Serve”A program of:The Corella & Bertram F. Bonner Foundation and The College of New Jersey10 Mercer Street, Princeton, NJ 08540(609) 924-6663 • (609) 683-4626 faxFor more information, please visit our website at 1
  2. 2. Program PartnersParticipating Colleges and Community PartnersCampus Partners• Burlington County College• Middlesex County College• Rider University• Rutgers University - New Brunswick, Newark, and Camden• The College of New JerseyCommunity Partners• Crisis Ministry• Elijah’s Promise• Habitat for Humanity of Trenton• HomeFront• Isles• Jewish Family and Children’s Service of Greater Mercer County• Mercer Street Friends• Rescue Mission• Trenton Area Soup Kitchen 2
  3. 3. Service Issue AreasService Issue Areas• Adult Education• Community Development• Early Childhood Education• Health• Housing• Hunger• Literacy• Mentoring At-Risk Youth• Substance Abuse• Workforce Development 3
  4. 4. Program Policies and Procedures Service Eligibility 4
  5. 5. Service Eligibility• Domestic in scope• Benefit a not-for-profit organization• Meet non-duplication and non-displacement standards• May not include any of the “AmeriCorps Prohibited Activities”• Include limited fundraising (10% of total hours) 5
  6. 6. Service Eligibility• Limited administrative duties• Must not include on-call hours• Service cannot be conducted at home• All positions must be approved by the Foundation 6
  7. 7. Service Eligibility: FundraisingProhibited Fundraising Activities• Members cannot fundraise for their own living allowance• Members cannot raise funds for general operating expenses or endowment• Members cannot write a grant application to any Federal agencyAllowable Fundraising Activities• Members serving at an after-school program can seek book donations• Members serving with a housing agency can seek donations of home supplies• Members can write a grant to a local foundation for funds to conduct volunteer training 7
  8. 8. Program Policies and ProceduresMember Eligibility 8
  9. 9. Member Eligibility• US citizen or lawful permanent resident• 17 years of age• High school diploma or agree to obtain a diploma or GED before using the Education Award• Must successfully complete a 3-part criminal history check with no record of committing sex offenses or murder 9
  10. 10. Background Checks• National Sex Offender Public Website (NSOPW)• State Criminal Registry Check in New Jersey and state of residence• FBI Fingerprint Check• Members cannot be left unsupervised with a member of a vulnerable population (children, disabled, elderly) until all components of the background check are completed. 10
  11. 11. Program Policies and Procedures Term of Service 11
  12. 12. Member Term of Service• Not to exceed one calendar year (unless extended due to a compelling, personal circumstance)• Members who enroll prior to December 31, 2011, will have one full calendar year to complete hours• Members who enroll after December 31, 2011, will have until December 31, 2012 to complete hours• All members completing the same term (300, 900, or 1700 hours) must be given the same timeframe to complete the term (exception: summer-only members)• No more than 20% of hours can be training hours and no more than 10% can be fundraising hours• Members cannot have a part-time job with the agency where they are placed for their AmeriCorps term 12
  13. 13. Program Policies and Procedures Member Benefits 13
  14. 14. Member Benefits• Healthcare Coverage (if applicable)• Childcare Allowance (if applicable)• Living Allowance• Education Award• Loan Forbearance and Interest Accrual 14
  15. 15. Health Benefits• Health benefits provided through Mutual of Omaha to full-time members. Members must serve full-time hours (+30 hours a week).• Members enrolled in comparable coverage through a parent, spouse, etc. may decline.• Members enrolled in Medicare or Medicaid must enroll in health benefits coverage provided.• Coverage begins on the first day of service.• No continuation coverage is available. 15
  16. 16. Childcare Benefits• Childcare benefits are available to full-time members and half-time members serving in a full-time capacity through First Financial Associates.• Childcare benefits must be paid to a NJ State Licensed Childcare Provider. 16
  17. 17. Living Allowance Term Minimum- Part-time Full-time timeHours 300 900 1700Stipend Min: $1,900 Min: $8,000 Min: $16,000 Max: $4,300 Max: $12,800 Max: $24,200 17
  18. 18. Living Allowance• Living allowance must be paid in equal increments ($16,000/26 pay periods = $615.38 per pay period)• Amount should not fluctuate based on the number of hours served unless the Member is suspended• Can be withheld if the Member does not turn in hour logs by the deadline• Cannot be distributed if the Member exits the program before his/her agreed upon end date 18
  19. 19. Living Allowance & Taxes• Applicable federal and state taxes, including FICA, MUST be withheld.• Unemployment taxes, NJ Family Medical Leave and NJ disability taxes MUST NOT be withheld. 19
  20. 20. Living Allowance & Personal Time Off• Vacation/Holidays (no credit for service hours)• Sick time (no credit for service hours)• Bereavement time (no credit for service hours)• Jury duty (credit for service hours) 20
  21. 21. Living Allowance & Public Benefits• Members should contact their case manager for specific information as to how the AmeriCorps stipend may impact public benefits such as TANF, food stamps, etc. 21
  22. 22. Living Allowance & Garnishment• The federal portion of the Member’s Living Allowance is not subject to garnishment. 22
  23. 23. Educational Award Term Minimum- Part-time Full-time time Hours 300 900 1700 Ed Award $1,175 $2,775 $5,550• Received only upon successful completion of term• May be used to pay qualified educational expenses• May be used to repay qualified student loans• Taxed in the year in which it is used 23
  24. 24. Loan Forbearance & Interest Accrual• Loan Forbearance• Interest Accrual 24
  25. 25. Program Policies and ProceduresMember Enrollment & Term of Service 25
  26. 26. Member Enrollment Process• Full-time (1700 hours) and half-time (900 hours) members will participate in the Bonner AmeriCorps 101 Orientation on September 1, 2011.• Minimum-time (300 hours) members will participate in the Bonner AmeriCorps 101 Orientation during their on-campus Bonner Program orientations.• All full-time and half-time members must participate in a final screening by Christen Foell prior to being hired.• Completed enrollment materials must reach the Foundation office within 14 days (two weeks) of the member’s start date. 26
  27. 27. Monthly Hour Logs• BWBRS (Electronic signatures now required for all NJ programs!!!)• Community Learning Agreements• Training vs. Service hours• Fundraising hours• Duplicate entries• Signature dates• Changes to Hour Logs• Timely Submission - Must be submitted to the Foundation by the 15th of each month (i.e. September timesheet is due by October 15) 27
  28. 28. Member Evaluation• Midpoint Evaluation (at half-way mark)• End of Term Evaluation (at conclusion of service) 28
  29. 29. Member Management• Members should always address questions, concerns, and complaints to the site supervisor and/or the campus administrator.• If a Foundation employee is contacted by a member in regards to a particular concern, complaint, etc., we will notify the site supervisor and/or campus administrator. 29
  30. 30. Member Disciplinary StepsSteps:1) Verbal Warning2) Written Warning3) Suspension (without pay)4) Release for Cause*Document, document, document* 30
  31. 31. Suspension of a Member• For personal compelling circumstances • Injury or illness of AmeriCorps member • Injury, illness, or death of a family member Documentation must be provided by the member• For Cause • Disciplinary procedure • Member charged with violent felony or sale or distribution of a controlled substance • Member convicted of possession of a controlled substance 31
  32. 32. Suspension of a MemberDuring a period of suspension:• May not receive a living allowance• May not accrue service or training hours 32
  33. 33. Release of a MemberFor personal, compelling circumstances • Member receives a pro-rated award if he or she has completed 15% or more of the contracted hours • Member has the primary responsibility for demonstrating compelling, personal circumstances • Program must document compelling, personal circumstance 33
  34. 34. Release of a MemberCompelling, personal circumstances include:• Member’s disability or serious illness• Disability, serious illness, or death of a participants family member• Military service obligations• Opportunity to make the transition from welfare to work• Conditions attributable to the program or otherwise unforeseeable such as a natural disaster, strike, relocation of a spouse, or the non-renewal or premature closing of a project or program 34
  35. 35. Release of a MemberFor cause • Member does not receive any portion of the education award or interest accrual benefits • Member must disclose on future AmeriCorps applications 35
  36. 36. Release of a MemberCause circumstances include:• Disciplinary reasons• Member dissatisfaction with the program• Employment (other than opportunity to move from welfare to work)• School• Member convicted of a felony• Member convicted of the sale or distribution of a controlled substance 36
  37. 37. Member Exit• Documentation Required: • Outstanding Hour Logs • End of Term Evaluation • AmeriCorps Exit Form (signed on or after the last day of service)• All exit materials must reach the Foundation no later than 14 days (two weeks) after the member’s last day of service, which may or may not be the same as the official end date. 37
  38. 38. Program Policies and Procedures Reporting 38
  39. 39. Program ReportingProgress reports due on a quarterly basis • December 15, 2011 • March 15, 2011 • June 15, 2011 • September 15, 2011 39
  40. 40. Program Reporting: CNCS Strategic Initiatives• Education• Healthy Futures• Clean Energy/Environment• Veterans Services• Economic Opportunity• Disaster Preparedness and Response 40
  41. 41. Program Reporting: Volunteer Management• Types of volunteer projects• Number of volunteer recruited• Number of volunteer hours 41