Housing

Thanks to a partnership with Manchester State Forest, Palmetto Conservation Foundation will be providing housing for Corps members in Sumter County, SC. Corps members will use this 4 bedroom, 2 bath house as their “home base” during their service term. The house includes a dining room, a great room, a kitchen, and a living room, as well as appliances for cooking and washing clothes.

Each member will be provided their own cot and storage space and will have 2-3 roommates. During service, some projects in other parts of the state will require the crew members to go “on hitch,” meaning overnight trips. These trips can last multiple weeks at a time. Palmetto Conservation Foundation makes alternate living arrangements for members while the Corps is on hitch. In some cases, backpacking and camping for back country projects will be expected for up to 10 days at a time. Necessary camping materials will be provided.

Transportation

Transportation to and from all Corps projects will be provided by Palmetto Conservation Foundation. During time off, Corps members will be responsible for their own travel to and from leisure activities.

Living Allowance

All Corps members receive a small living allowance during their AmeriCorps service term. Living allowance payments are disbursed evenly on a biweekly basis, directly deposited into the member’s bank account. Living Allowance disbursements are subject to payroll taxes and tax withholdings. Members should expect their paycheck to be less than the total disbursement amount listed in their service agreement.

The Segal Education Award

Upon successful completion of your Palmetto Conservation Corps AmeriCorps term you may be eligible to receive a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award.

This money can be applied to qualifying student loans or costs at eligible post­ secondary educational institutions. The money is held in a national trust fund and is paid directly to the school or loan holders. You will manage your education award through your My AmeriCorps account.

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