How we support you during your term
Electing to a term of service with MCC is a big commitment and can be intimidating. The work is physically challenging, requires camping in remote conditions in all types of weather, and moving away from the support systems of home. We are committed to helping our participants have a good and safe experience during their time serving with AmeriCorps and MCC. Below are some of ways we will support you during your term of service.
We have a dedicated staff team that is here to train, guide, and support you in your term of service. A large majority of our staff have been AmeriCorps members, so we know the benefits and challenges of the experience.
We are responsive to the needs of our participants, and believe that feedback is vital in all levels of the organization.
Culture of Care
MCC is all about community; we believe that a supportive and reflective environment based on understanding of different viewpoints is essential to the health of our members, but also increases the quality of our project work.
MCC believes it is important to embrace a wide array of identities, cultures, and perspectives. We then can become more creative, flexible and productive. MCC values diversity at all levels in the organization. It enriches our programs and our community. Diversity is crucial for learning and growth.
We ensure that all of our members receive training in diversity, equity, inclusion and anti-racism.
It's important for all participants to understand the narrative of public lands in our country. The conservation narrative has historically neglected the longstanding relationship to the land of indigenous people, poor and working-class families, black and brown farmers, and others. MCC is in solidarity with these communities and seeks to elevate these narratives. Wherever an MCC crew works during the course of their season, they will always be on sacred ground. For this reason, we incorporate native & public lands education into our curriculum.
Member Assistance Program
We enroll all of our participants in the AmeriCorps Member Assistance Program (MAP), which provides FREE 24/7 behavioral health resources to our participants. In addition, this also provides access to life coaching, financial planning, legal assistance, and more. More information here.
All members serving a term greater than 3 months receive FREE health insurance. Regardless of term length, all members are covered by Workman's Compensation while working and camping with MCC. More information on our health plan can be found here.
While MCC cannot formally provide housing, we are working hard to provide assistance and resources to help our members secure safe and affordable housing solutions.
We will connect you with other members serving in your area to have others to search with.
We have a variety of “base camp” opportunities - these are a combination of forest service compounds and camping options that can be used for days off.
We have a host family initiative that matches AmeriCorps participants with members of our community who can house them at free or below market costs.
These opportunities vary depending on the region where you serve; you can speak more with a regional program manager about the options available in your preferred region.
Training and Learning based on growth and reflection
Our leadership and developmental curriculum is focused on experiential learning models that encourage growth through hands-on experience.
We utilize evaluations and feedback models to help our participants enhance not only their technical skill sets, but also their communication, team, and conflict resolution skills.
We also want our members and leaders to understand the "why" behind the projects we do. Members and Leaders will receive information and training for each project around the importance of what they are doing and how it relates to climate change and public land health. This comes not only from our field staff, but also from our knowledgeable project partners in the field.