Interfaith Enrichment Corps
CIC’s AmeriCorps Program
Interfaith Enrichment Corps
Full-time interfaith community building experiences available!
Serve through Center for Interfaith Cooperation AmeriCorps at a nonprofit in Indianapolis, IN. Learn and connect with cultural services, faith communities, and community resources along with a cohort of service members. Members build quality interfaith relationships that explore community solutions in an asset-based approach. Specific service activities vary per site (apply below).
Muslim Alliance of Indiana
Northside Food Pantry
Indiana Christian Leadership Conference
St. Monica Catholic Church
Note: Member activities vary per site placement.
• Enrich the community efforts of faith groups by building an interfaith and intercultural network that supports the capacity and vitality of individuals and congregations.
• Pursue interfaith understanding, cultural connection, and community vitality through service that enriches the community efforts of faith groups.
• Serve with a team of ten members in a year of nonprofit networking and community-based learning based out of the Center for Interfaith Cooperation and partner sites around Central Indiana.
• Build authentic professional relationships with immigrants and refugees, faith groups, and service providers by facilitating and engaging in honest and sensitive conversations.
• Learn and use nonprofit best practices to support site organizations and community training opportunities.
• Cultivate a working understanding of root causes of community needs including mental health stigma, implicit bias, resource disparity, social isolation.
• Employ a team approach to training – we’ll network with local experts, gain insights into community building, reflect on professional pathways. Program Values: Understanding/Connection/Capacity/Enrichment/Cooperation.
AmeriCorps members, serving with anchor institutions in communities facing interfaith and intercultural possibilities, will build supportive relationships with neighboring congregations. By pursuing clear, authentic community building, members can effectively connect with faith groups, and the community leaders and volunteers within can experience a type of support that enriches their time, energy, tools, and capacity. Willingness to reach across barriers of cultural and religious difference, coupled with an approach that supports existing efforts will enhance the incredible assets of our communities.
Key issues that our sites and partners work with that members will be trained to discuss, consider, and communicate about include:
-Effective nonprofit best practices such as event planning and volunteer management
-Religious literacy and ability to navigate the sensitivities and assets of various faith groups
-The unique assets of and barriers faced by immigrants and refugees
-Mental health statistics, connecting resources, and addressing stigma
-Socioeconomic disparities and implicit bias
-Other resource assets for referral and connection in the network of Indianapolis community organizations
Members won’t need to become experts on all these topics. Rather, through the key activity of building relationships, members will listen, learn, and understand the desires and goals of that community: What do community leaders, clergy, volunteers see for the future of their community/congregation? In what ways are they serving that they would like to continue – or would like more people to be involved in?
Building relationships involves communication and listening skills as well as supportive problem-solving skills. By learning from the community, we can intuitively support their efforts without adding to their plates.
Members and community leaders will help shape enriching training opportunities through Coalition for Our Immigrant Neighbors, Interfaith Coalition for Mental Health, Center for Interfaith Cooperation, National Alliance on Mental Illness, and more.
The goal of this program is to further the sustainable vitality of individuals by enriching the efforts of faith communities and anchor organizations in Central Indiana. AmeriCorps service is the key to faith communities being authentically supported in efforts that last.
Application through my.americorps.gov is also accepted!
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