Year 22 RFP is open!
Barnstable County AmeriCorps Cape Cod is holding three Individual Placement Request for Proposal (RFP) release webinars for all organizations that are interested in applying for an Individual Placement for the 2020-2021 program year. Any organization that wants to apply for an Individual Placement is required to attend one of the meetings. If you are unable to attend the dates below, reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org and she can provide a recorded version of the meeting.
An Individual Placement is an opportunity for a Service Partner organization to host an AmeriCorps Cape Cod member for one, two, or three days a week. Placements should be project-based and have clear goals and objectives. Individual Placements are long term projects, lasting the duration of the service year (October 2020 – July 2021).
Projects should encompass at least one of the following AmeriCorps Cape Cod focus areas:
- Natural Resource Management (land and water)
- Disaster Preparedness and Response
- Environmental Education
- Volunteer Engagement- this is encouraged as a component of all projects
AmeriCorps Cape Cod members are not employees or interns of the service site, nor should they displace current employees or serve in a regular staff position. The member’s role is to focus on a specific project. To be eligible to apply for an Individual Placement, your organization must be a non-profit, school, or governmental entity within Barnstable County. All Individual Placements awarded will be contingent on continued grant funding.
The Release Meetings: This year we added an option for current 2019-2020 Individual Placement supervisors to attend a shorted webinar highlighting any updates for the 2020-2021 service year.
- March 2, 2020 at 10:00AM (Webinar)
- March 5, 2020 at 10:00AM (Webinar)-RETURNING SERVICE PARTNERS ONLY
- March 5, 2020 at 2:00PM (Webinar)
Anyone who signs up for our Webinar will receive a link and/or phone number to watch and/or call into the meetings. If you are a CURRENT Individual Placement supervisor for 2019-2020 you may attend a shorted “Returning Service Partner” Webinar.
Individual Placements are an opportunity for an organization to have a member serve with you weekly for the duration of the program year. Members are available to work on special projects for your organization that fall within our focus areas.
Prospective IP Service Partners
NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR THE 2020-2021 SERVICE YEAR.
CLICK HERE for the 2020-2021 Individual Placement Application
|March 2, 2020 10AM
March 5, 2020 10AM*
March 5, 2020 2PM
*current YR 21 IP Service Partners ONLY
Organizations applying for an Individual Placement MUST attend one Webinar
|March 20, 2020||Organizations that would like to have draft proposals reviewed by ACC staff, need to submit the application through the link and email email@example.com to notify the submission is for feedback.|
|April 3, 2020||Feedback will be returned to Service Partners.|
|April 17, 2020||PROPOSALS DUE.|
|April – June, 2020||Proposals reviewed by ACC Staff and ACC Advisory Board.|
|June 26, 2020||Latest that notification is mailed to applicants of selected proposals.|
|Early September 2020||AmeriCorps Cape Cod Year 21 program begins.|
|Late September 2020||Member pledge ceremony and Individual Placement Service Partner Orientation (mandatory).|
|Early October 2020||Individual Placements begin.|
|Mid-July 2021||Individual Placements end.|
|Late July 2021||Member graduation.|
We provide placements Tuesday – Thursdays, one, two, or three days a week. In some cases, members will be placed with multiple placements to fill out a consistent weekly schedule (one day and two day a week placements). Placements for each year are determined through a competitive Request for Proposal process during the winter and spring prior to the program year.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with questions regarding Individual Placements.
Individual Placement Expectations and the Proposal Process
- An Individual Placement should be a project with defined critical need that is compatible with the AmeriCorps Cape Cod’s identified focus areas of natural resource management, disaster preparedness/response, environmental education, and volunteer engagement.
- Service Partners must submit an Individual Placement Proposal for consideration by the staff and Advisory Board of the AmeriCorps Cape Cod program.
- If selected, Service Partners must provide their assigned member with an orientation to the site. The orientation should include general expectations, goals, and purpose of the placement, background information about the site and an introduction to service site staff. The assigned member should be given a detailed introduction to assigned duties, member workspace, tool or other equipment use, written materials or reports to be used as resources, safety hazards, and potential growth of the project to include outside volunteers.
- AmeriCorps Cape Cod members are not employees or interns of the service site. They are AmeriCorps Cape Cod members performing service at an assigned service site. A members’ ultimate responsibilities and allegiance are to the Corps and its objectives. AmeriCorps members should not displace regular employees on a service site.
- Service Partners must provide on-site supervision in the form of continual training, support, instruction, and technical assistance, so members may satisfactorily complete projects. Service Partners are responsible for the safety at a service site and should take care to ensure that appropriate safety precautions have been taken.
- Individual Placements should provide adequate service-related tasks to ensure optimal use of members’ skills, time and effort and should provide an atmosphere where members feel comfortable and accepted at the service site.
- The Service Organization must provide access to the service site for AmeriCorps Cape Cod staff to perform monitoring visits.
- Service Partners should expect to meet and talk with AmeriCorps-Cape Cod staff and assigned member to review the progress of placement, obstacles to overcome, changes to be made and opportunities for growth. Service Partners should maintain open communication with member and program staff.
- Service Partners must evaluate assigned member using AmeriCorps Cape Cod’s evaluation tools and complete a summary report at the completion of the service year.