AmeriCorps Benefits Navigator-Lehigh County OCYS

United Way of the Greater LV Allentown, PA $8471.00 per year

Do you have a passion for creating connections and finding resources for families and individuals? United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley is seeking individuals to serve as AmeriCorps members here in the Lehigh Valley.

Position Overview and Duties The Benefits Navigator will bridge families referred to OCYS to federal/state/local benefits and resources to positively impact the family’s overall income.  The Benefits Navigator is aligned with current research as a method to reduce future referrals to the child welfare system for child neglect and substantiated child neglect findings.  The navigator will be embedded within the general protective services units of Lehigh County Office of Children and Youth Services.  Referrals will be accepted for families not accepted for assessment, families with cases closing with OCYS with no child welfare services in place, or families accepted for further assessment when no other child welfare services are provided.

General Duties -

  1. Meet with each parent/caregiver virtually, in office, or in community settings
  2. Educate parents/caregivers about federal, state and local benefit programs
  3. Assist parents/caregivers in determining eligibility for programs and completing applications for benefits
  4. Ensure families have accurate household budgets, teaching the usefulness of budgeting and assisting in budget preparation
  5. Link families with local benefits offices, employment supports, community and/or faith-based resources

The service term will begin ASAP and end in August/September 2022.. Members will serve approximately 20-30 hours per week. 

AmeriCorps members earn a living stipend and upon successful completion of their term, they are eligible for an educational award that can be applied toward student loans or further educational expenses.

STIPEND - $8,471. Stipend will be split evenly across bi weekly pay periods.


United Way of the Greater LV is an EEO employer - M/F/Vets/Disabled
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