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EDC Neighborhood Legal Services: Public Benefits
Economic Development Corps (EDC) AmeriCorps are placed in non-profit and educational institutions across the Buffalo-Niagara Region and provide financial literacy and tutoring services to their host site and clients. Participation in the EDC program provides members the opportunity to develop valuable skills and experiences and positions them for success in future employment and community service. EDC members are not required to have prior financial or human services experience. What we look for is a willingness and attitude to commit yourself to a term of service. We want individuals who are thoughtful, kind, hardworking, and have a passion for creating positive change. EDC is committed to: Improving the lives of the people we serve; Helping our partner organizations fulfill their missions; Creating supportive community; Developing and training EDC AmeriCorps to be prepared for the world to come. Members are expected to become not only part of the EDC team, but full participants in the activities and culture of their site. While serving, members receive support from the EDC team at The Service Collaborative of WNY, Inc. This support includes an AmeriCorps retreat, orientation, monthly trainings, a social network of fellow members, individualized professional development opportunities, life after AmeriCorps planning, and opportunities to participate in national days of service.
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Member Duties : Located within the Public Benefits Unit of Neighborhood Legal Services, the Homeless Task Force helps clients transition out of homelessness and financial insecurity by gaining access to mainstream resources. The Public Benefits Legal Advocate will advocate for low-income individuals and families, many of whom are experiencing homelessness, and will be involved in all aspects of Public Benefits Unit. The EDC AmeriCorps member will serve under the supervision of a staff attorney. They will meet with clients, conduct initial intakes, and bring information to the supervising attorney for case review. The PB Advocate will be expected to learn how to apply the underlying public benefits law to specific cases and manage those cases under the direct supervision of an attorney. The advocate will conduct outreach at various community agencies such as shelters and soup kitchens and when appropriate, will provide clients with financial information to best improve their personal circumstances.
Program Benefits : Education award upon successful completion of service ,  Living Allowance ,  Health Coverage ,  Training ,  Childcare assistance if eligible ,  Relocation Allowance . 
Terms :
Permits attendance at school during off hours ,  Permits working at another job during off hours . 
Service Areas :
Community and Economic Development ,  Veterans ,  Education ,  Homelessness ,  Housing ,  Community Outreach . 
Skills :
Leadership ,  Conflict Resolution ,  Social Services ,  Team Work . 
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AmeriCorps State / National

EDC Neighborhood Legal Services: Public Benefits

Program Start/End Date
01/06/2020  -   12/31/2020

Work Schedule Full Time

Education level
Some college

Age Requirement
Minimum:  17    Maximum:  None

Program Locations NEW YORK  


Accepting Applications
From  10/01/2019  To  12/20/2019 

Contact Jacob Fox
173 Elm St
Buffalo   NY   14203
7164188500 e145

Listing ID 91114