Bonner AmeriCorps Program
Bonner AmeriCorps Program Overview
The Bonner AmeriCorps Program is a national service program founded as a partnership between the Bonner Foundation of Princeton, N.J., and the national AmeriCorps program, funded by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS). It is designed to heighten the overall education a student receives by asking him or her to engage in ongoing service work within the local community. Bonner students are assigned to local service agencies to coordinate programs and to recruit other Pfeiffer students to volunteer. This program is available to all, without regard to race, color, national origin, disability, age, sex, sexual orientation, political affiliation, or religion.
What is the Bonner Foundation?
The Bonner Foundation is a non-profit organization located in Princeton, New Jersey. Started by Corella and Bertram F. Bonner, the original purpose of the Foundation was to help those who (like Mr. and Mrs. Bonner) grew up in underprivileged areas. In 1989, the Foundation began working with colleges and universities, seeking a way to provide scholarships to students who could not otherwise afford to attend college and to drive students and institutions of higher education to service in their own communities. Pfeiffer University has been affiliated with the Bonner Foundation since 2001. For more information, visit http://www.bonner.org/.
Where do Bonners Serve?
The Francis Center values extensive partnerships in the local community to connect program participants with some of the most enjoyable and positive organizations in the area. The Francis Center specifically encourages Bonner students to engage in service with one of Pfeiffer's designated partner organizations, but staff members are always open to new possibilities and partnering opportunities. Incoming Bonner AmeriCorps students are taken through a series of interest inventory assessments and experiences to find a community match that is mutually beneficial for both parties.
Bonner AmeriCorps Program requirements
- Enrollment as a full time student at Pfeiffer University
- Commitment to service
- Legal residency/citizen of the United States
- Age (at least 17)
- A high school diploma or GED
- Enrollment in the 300-, 450-, or 900- hour terms for service
Opportunities for Bonner Leaders at Pfeiffer
- Segal Education Award of $1175+ (dependent on term length)
- Use of the Francis Center vehicle for transportation to/from service site
- Free conference and workshop opportunities