I recently was hired by Americorp Vista, essentially Peace Corps, but domestic. Americorp’s website describes it as “the national service program designed specifically to fight poverty. Founded as Volunteers in Service to America in 1965 and incorporated into the AmeriCorps network of programs in 1993, VISTA has been on the front lines in the fight against poverty in America for more than 40 years.” (Americorp Website) I work at a non-profit here in North Carolina where I am in charge of large scale volunteer facilitation.
Technically my employer is the Corporation of National and Community Service A.K.A. the Government. My paychecks are not infact paychecks, but a “subsistence allowance” where I am paid well below minimum wage and am not allowed to hold another job. Technically I am on call 24/7/365. This is a year commitment which I recently decided to undertake to take something that has always been a part of my life, volunteering, and bring it to the next level. I’m not going to lie, a part of it was also because I need a job, but it was a minor reason.
Everyday I work to fight poverty here in Charlotte North Carolina and it has been immensely rewarding! Not to mention a welcomed change from my previous corporate jobs. If you are interested in checking it out click here
So today I had a unique experience, one which was very new for me. I applied for food stamps. Overall it was pretty quick and painless, which I was glad. If only the DMV could learn from them, I have waited longer to give the DMV money than I did for Department of Social Services to GIVE me money. I don’t know about you, but I try not to keep people waiting who are trying to give me money 🙂 What’s great about things now is that there are no “stamps” you get this card that looks and acts like a debt card, but of course has restrictions on what you can and cannot buy. Things like paper products, alcohol, tobacco, diet supplements etc. Anyway, I am waiting to hear for the decision on my application, but I am hopeful because of the type of job I recently landed.
Its pretty much impossible to have not notice things going on today are not as good as they have been. I found this great infographic about how more and more Americans are seeking aid in the form of food stamps and other resources.