Post-Graduate Service Opportunities
There are many opportunities after graduation to serve in your community, across the country, or around the world. Not only do they provide a great experience to incorporate service into your life after Linfield, but also to provide you with work skills, professional and social networks, and open doors to a world of opportunities.
AmeriCorps NCCC (National Civilian Community Corps) is a full-time, team-based residential program for men and women age 18-24. AmeriCorps NCCC serves communities in every state. Members are based at one of five regional campuses and travel to complete service projects throughout those regions. Benefits include a modest living allowance, loan deferment, as well as a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award upon completion.
AmeriCorps VISTA is a national service program designed specifically to fight poverty. VISTA members commit to serve full-time for a year at a nonprofit organization or local government agency, working to increase literacy rates, improve health services, create businesses, strengthen community groups, and much more. Benefits include a modest living allowance, loan deferment, as well as a Segal Americorps Education Award upon completion.
FoodCorps is an affiliate of AmeriCorps. Volunteers implement FoodCorps' evidence-based strategies to help high need schools become healthy schools become healthy schools. Placements and jobs will vary. One area of work is providing hands on education, cooking, gardening and tasting food they grow themselves. A second focus is creating healthy criteria environments, and the third is creating a school wide culture of health.
Oregon Campus Compact (ORCC) VISTA and AmeriCorps members are placed at higher education institutions throughout the state and build the capacity of these institutions to serve the community. ORCC VISTA members coordinate programs that build awareness of poverty issues, create civic engagement opportunities for students, faculty, and staff, and build community partnerships that address local poverty.
Jesuit Volunteers (JVs) live in community with other JVs for at least one year and are surrounded by the beautiful and diverse landscape of the Northwest. JVs commit to integrating the four foundational values of community, simple living, social justice and spirituality into their everyday lives. The JV experience raises their consciousness of poverty, oppression and injustice, and moves the volunteers into solidarity with the people they serve. As a JV, you may qualify for college loan deferment or forbearance.
Lutheran Volunteer Corps (LVC) unites full-time stipend volunteers with financial supporters, non-profit organizations and ministries to work for peace with justice across the nation. In addition to working for justice, LVC volunteers live together in intentional household communities of 4-7 people to encourage simple, sustainable living. Volunteers receive a monthly stipend to cover housing, food, travel and basic personal needs, participate in three retreats during the year and receive a minimum of two weeks vacation. Volunteers who complete a term of service may also be eligible to receive a $5,350 AmeriCorps Education Award. Federally guaranteed student loans typically can be deferred.
Teach For America is a national corps of outstanding recent college graduates of all academic majors and career interests who commit two years to teach in urban and rural public schools and become leaders in the effort to expand educational opportunity. Teach For America is committed to being a financially viable option for all applicants, providing financial security and health benefits, relocation costs, future costs, financial planning tools, and discounts for educators.
RARE's mission is to assist Oregon's resource-dependent rural communities while providing supported, applied experience to graduate students from across the US. RARE members live in rural communities for eleven months and serve cities, counties, non-government organizations or state agencies to improve economic and environmental conditions in rural Oregon. Member benefits include a monthly stipend of $1,500, health insurance, education award of $5,500 and 9 graduate credits.
World Relief Seattle uses the local church to empower refugees in the greater Seattle area.
While Peace Corps volunteers continue to do important work like bringing clean water to communities and teaching children, today's volunteers also work in areas like HIV/AIDS awareness, information technology, and business development. Peace Corps volunteers address global needs as they arise and help countless individuals who want to build a better life for themselves, their children, and their communities.
During service, Peace Corps Volunteers receive pay and living expenses, transition money, vacation time, and deferment of student loans. Peace Corps covers the travel costs to and from the country of service. Full medical coverage during service and affordable health insurance for up to 18 months following service.
Presbyterian Mission - The Young Adult Volunteer (YAV) program is an ecumenical faith-based year of service for young people, ages 19-30, in 22 sites around the world and in the United States. YAVs accompany local agencies working to address root causes of poverty and reconciliation while exploring the meaning and motivation of their faith in intentional community with peers and mentors. YAVs serve during the academic year, August to July. Program benefits during the YAV year include a regular stipend, housing, transportation assistance and student-loan repayment options throughout the duration of the service year.