Ready to recruit? We’re here to help!
Not sure where to start with your Opportunity Corps member recruitment? We’ve created an easy-to-use toolkit of materials so you can feel confident in knowing you’re on your way to recruiting great individuals, committed to making a difference. Some of the best new members are often people who already have a connection to you or your organization. And with the provided training, this opportunity could be the start of a great chapter in their life! Make sure people know you need help and are looking for applicants. Download the toolkit below, which includes a new quick-reference guide for using your recruitment tools. With your help, we know this year can address the need in the Twin Cities!
Utilize all the tools below and maximize results.
By sharing this content and asking others to share it, you can expand your reach and increase your recruitment efforts exponentially! Download the toolkit and review:
Digital Tools 101, a quick reference guide
Website blurb for your employment page
Email blurb and graphic
Newsletter blurb and graphic
Social media posts and graphics
Remember, if you still need more ideas or guidance, we’re here to support you! Contact us at [email protected] or 612-206-3045. Thank you for your effort in recruiting our Minnesota Opportunity Corps Members!
Sites Share Ideas That Worked
"I reached out to a local guidance counselor. He helped connect me with people who overcame the employment gap and now wanted to give back."
"We reached out to our volunteer base. Many of them had connections with people who had time to give."
"I worked with human resources to get the word out about our need for Opportunity Navigators."
Recruitment Tips & Resources for Opportunity Corps Sites
Tip #1: Language is important: Opportunity Corps members are not “volunteers,” they are AmeriCorps members. This is not their “job,” but their service position. They don’t “work,” they serve.
Tip #2: Reach out to former participants and current volunteers: Did you know that many former program participants and volunteers can make great Opportunity Corps members? Peer counseling is a very effective service delivery method. Who better to “get it” than someone with similar experiences?
Tip #3: Post your open positions on your website: This is one of the best ways your organization will find applicants. Our standard online posting is available in the recruitment toolkit.
Tip #4: Connect with your organization’s Public Relations or Communications department: You have a great story to tell. As a returning site, you have seen the benefits for your participants through Opportunity Corps. As a new site, you can announce that you’ve been awarded a member. Sample newsletter language is available in the recruitment toolkit to help you place a story in your local paper.
Tip #5: Contact community groups and colleagues: Grassroots outreach to placement groups, veterans groups, cultural centers, places of worship and other groups helps build a strong pool of applicants. Opportunity Corps members are from all walks of life. Connect with colleagues to let them know about the available positions. Don’t forget to enlist the help of your current members to send emails and make presentations.
AmeriCorps, often called the “domestic Peace Corps,” is an opportunity to make a big difference in your life and in the lives of those around you. It’s a chance to apply your skills and ideas toward helping others and meeting critical needs in the community. Each year, AmeriCorps provides opportunities for 75,000 Americans to give back to their communities. Since 1994, more than one million Americans have given their time through the AmeriCorps program. AmeriCorps is committed to the inclusion of qualified individuals without regard to race, color, national origin, disability, gender, sexual orientation, religion, political affiliation, or other non-merit factors.