Lima Public Library participating in Guiding Ohio Online/AmeriCorps to offer an educational award in exchange for community service at the library; applications now being accepted
LIMA – Lima Public Library has been selected by the State Library of Ohio to participate in the Guiding Ohio Online/AmeriCorps program, a national service program similar to the Peace Corps. Funded by a grant from ServeOhio, Ohio’s commission on service and volunteerism, Guiding Ohio Online was developed by the State Library of Ohio to support public libraries’ efforts to teach patrons to find, understand and use vital online resources and services.
Applications for Guiding Ohio Online/AmeriCorps are now being accepted at Lima Public Library for a volunteer who will provide free technology classes, tech tutoring classes, outreach, hands-on help, and other services to the public through Lima Public Library.
Although not a paid position, a living stipend is paid to the volunteer through AmeriCorps. “A part-time AmeriCorps member working at the library will work 900 hours over an 11 month period and in return for their service they will receive an education award and a small living allowance,” noted Faith Barrow-Waheed, LPL reference librarian. She added that the ideal candidate will have “a willingness to teach others, a good knowledge of technology, and the desire to work with and serve the public.” The position starts September 26, 2016.
After serving the agreed upon term of service, AmeriCorps workers receive an education award that can be used to repay qualified student loans and certain educational expenses at eligible institutions of higher education. Under certain conditions, education awards can be transferred to specific family
Barrow-Waheed, who actually served for a year in the program before being hired by Lima Public Library, said the position will appeal to a variety of people, from young adults in college to retired persons looking to give back to their community, to people looking to switch careers.
“There are AmeriCorps programs across the country meeting all kinds of community needs, ranging from tutoring children to refurbishing houses for the needy to do environmental work,” noted Barrow-Waheed.
More information about Guiding Ohio Online/AmeriCorps is available at guidingohioonline.org/