Flint Urban Safety and Health Corps

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Opportunity for You. Impact for All.

As a Flint Urban Safety & Health Corps (FUSHC) service member, you’ll build community partnerships and increase resident access to nutrition, health, crime prevention, and early education resources —and help Flint to continue to recover from the effects of the Flint Water Crisis and the impact on its neighborhoods. 

Flint Urban Safety & Health Corps, an AmeriCorps program, recruits talented leaders into paid public service, where they directly support local organizations and residents through recovery-focused programming.

About Flint Urban Safety and Health Corps

The Flint Water Crisis looms large in our community. In its aftermath, many Flint residents are still grappling with the continuing, or unknown physical, emotional, and psychological effects of contaminated drinking water. In addition to the direct effects of the water crisis, the problems of lead poisoning, population loss, and blight have resulted in patchwork neighborhoods and thus increased opportunities for crime.

While the situation can be sobering, the way forward is clear. Flint residents need access to services and information focused on crime prevention, blight clean up, nutritional support, early education, behavioral and developmental health services, and management of their medical future. Flint Urban Safety and Health Corps (FUSHC) was formed to reduce crime, increase overall health all while engaging community residents to improve neighborhoods.

How You'll Serve Flint

As a service member, you’ll connect community members with resources related to water crisis recovery. Depending on your host site, FUSHC members do the following:

Group of Gardeners

At a nutrition & food access host site, you could be developing healthy recipes and nutrition resources, stocking and distributing fresh food items to residents, hosting gardening classes for youth and adults, or growing produce for local food pantry partners. 

Organizations You Can Serve At

  • Edible Flint: Teach youth and adults about growing healthy foods.
  • Hurley Food FARMacy: Provide food and nutrition education to FARMacy patients.
  • Asbury Farms: Host gardening and nutrition workshops for youth.

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At a behavioral health & medical management host site, you could be providing residents with information about managing chronic health issues, leading mindfulness and mental health events, hosting Narcan and overdose prevention trainings, or attending outreach and resource fairs. 

Organizations You Can Serve At

  • Pediatric Public Health Initiative: Connect families to the Flint Registry.
  • United Communities Against Addiction: Provide essential drug prevention education to community members.
  • Voices for Children Advocacy Center: Support families by sharing resources about high-quality services and programs related to the Water Crisis

Organizations You Can Serve At

  • American Red Cross: Prepare the community for disasters through workshops and trainings for all ages.
  • UM Flint Department of Public Safety: Create safe community spaces and engage residents in neighborhood groups.
  • Urban Renaissance Center: Organize community engagement and education opportunities for Civic Park youth and residents.

Organizations You Can Serve At

  • EduCare Flint & Cummings Great Expectations: Provide community education and nutrition resources to parents and caregivers.
  • Flint & Genesee Literacy Network: Promote family centered coaching and community learning opportunities. 

Benefits You'll ReceiveAmeriCorps Member

Get paid to give back! As great as this sounds, it’s just one of the many benefits you have access to by serving with Flint Urban Safety & Health Corps (FUSHC). FUSHC service members receive a stipend, health insurance, and other benefits. In addition, FUSHC prepares alumni for lifelong careers of social impact through the opportunity to explore new career options and receive training on marketable skills. A full-time FUSHC member will receive the following:

  • Living Stipend of $20,400
  • Mid-year Bonus of $500
  • End of Service Award of $1,000
  • Education Award of $6,495 (to be used toward future education costs or toward repayment of qualified student loans)
  • Healthcare Coverage
  • Childcare Benefits
  • Student Loan Forbearance
  • Professional Development & Certifications

Who We’re Looking ForAmeriCorps Member

You love Flint. You understand that increasing access to nutrition, health, crime prevention, and early education is a driver for recovery, equity, and justice for Flint residents. You’re committed to learning, growing, and developing as a professional and as an active member in the community. And you want to work directly in local non-profits, with residents of all ages, to create a positive impact in Flint.

To be considered for a FUSHC service member position, you must:

  • Be 18 years or older by the start of service
  • Be a U.S. citizen, U.S. national, or lawful permanent resident of the United States
  • Hold a high school diploma, GED or equivalent

The ideal candidate for FUSHC will have:

  • Experience volunteering in your community
  • Commitment to public service
  • Connection to and/or knowledge of Flint and the neighborhoods you will serve
  • Potential to benefit from a year serving with FUSHC and AmeriCorps

Flint Urban Safety & Health Corps Alumni

Once you serve in Flint, you are always part of the national service family. Our alumni with Flint Urban Safety & Health Corps (formerly known as Flint Recovery Corps) are doing incredible things and continuing to be leaders in the community. See just a few of our alumni stories below!

  • Ian Agee served at Sylvester Broome Empowerment Village and the Urban Renaissance Center. 
  • LaDelvin Walker served at the Flint & Genesee Literacy Network and EduCare Flint.