Survive on AmeriCorps Salary
The salary seems low but you can make it work
Congratulations you have been accepted to work as a AmeriCorps member and you are about to change the world. On Thursday you check your bank account and see that AmeriCorps stipend has arrived. After you mentally awake from the shock of the amount you wonder how will i ever survive off this. There are ways that you can help the hungry without going hungry yourself. Here are a few tips.
Look for the Help- As a AmeriCorps you are signing up to be a volunteer to help others. The stipend is not meant to be a paycheck for your services so if this will be your only source of income(most programs require you don't have another job) you need to network with other AmeriCorps members to check to see what they are doing to survive. Previous members can be found on the AmeriCorps facebook page and that can be a great start to finding free resources
Live with No Expenses or Very Little- I would recommend living with parents or family or friends during your term. If that is not possible check to see if you can be roommates with other AmeriCorps members.
Your Working for the Government so take a hand up from the Government- Your AmeriCorps stipend qualifies you for government programs like Food stamps. Don't go hungry when you can easily qualify for this program.
Being a AmeriCorps is not about making money, it is about serving others, but you have to be able to take care of your basic needs while you are serving so you don't become part of the problem.