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Economic Development Corps

Who We Are
The Service Collaborative of WNY’s Economic Development Corps is an AmeriCorps Program committed to fighting poverty and helping individuals achieve economic self-sufficiency through financial education and training. Economic Development Corps members serve in non-profit and educational institutions across the Buffalo-Niagara Region, acting as financial coaches to decrease the number of economically disadvantaged individuals.

Services
Economic Development Corps members will reach economically disadvantaged adults through financial coaching, participating in a pre-test to establish a baseline understanding of their current financial literacy in addition to a post-test to establish a knowledge increase. Economic Development Corps members will meet with the client to provide financial coaching that is relevant to their specific need(s) with the goal of setting a personal financial benchmark. With the end goal in mind, an individual attains the ability to feel empowered in realizing economic stability and a sense of well-being.

Partnering with EDC
AmeriCorps members have proven to be great assets for The Service Collaborative of WNY, the Buffalo-Niagara Community and its partners through its 7 years of operation. We offer the following AmeriCorps EDC slot options:

  • Full-time: Member commits to a 50-week term, completes 1700 hours of service within that timeframe and conducts at least 100 financial coaching sessions.
  • Half-Time: Member commits to a 25-week term, completes 900 hours of service within that time-frame and conducts at least 100 financial coaching sessions.

All non-profits and educational institutions within the Buffalo-Niagara Region are eligible to partner with EDC. Being a partner of EDC and hosting AmeriCorps members carries a lot of responsibility. Members must receive onsite orientation and weekly check-ins; member timesheets must be reviewed online and approved bi-weekly; member evaluations must be completed and submitted mid-year and end of year; activities of members must be monitored; in-kind match must be reported; and progress reports must be submitted. Any potential partner that does not have the staff time or resources to meet these requirements, should not apply. If you have any questions regarding partnership, please contact Olivia Gerhardt, Director of EDC Operations & Training at ogerhardt@tscwny.org.

Serving with EDC
Individuals serving in the Economic Development Corps (EDC) program enhance partner sites’ ability to provide comprehensive financial literacy services and add capacity which can include; recruiting and/or managing volunteers and creating/restructuring existing programming to become more effective and/or sustainable. Economic Development Corps members will provide a direct and demonstrable service to economically disadvantaged adults aged 16 or older with a special focus on Opportunity Youth, defined as individuals between the ages of 16 and 24 who are neither in school nor working. Previous financial experience is not necessary to apply.

Currently accepting applicants for 2017/2018 EDC Members:
EDC members will be trained in financial coaching and literacy initiatives to provide a direct impact on the lives of many living within the Greater Buffalo Region.  Be a part of an innovative outreach movement and apply today!

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