Your stipend and local benefits
Learn more about your bi-weekly stipend and the various benefits awarded to City Year Buffalo AmeriCorps members – both during and after service.
Plan & prepare
By prioritizing and planning, you can live in Buffalo on your City Year stipend. The information and resources below will help you prepare for your year (or two) of service.
As a City Year Buffalo AmeriCorps member, you will receive a bi-weekly stipend of $890 (pre-tax).
You will receive your stipend via direct deposit every other Friday. This is contingent upon your timesheets being submitted and approved on time. Your manager will guide you through this process.
Throughout the service year, AmeriCorps members will have the opportunity to have learning and development sessions on budgeting. We work with our community partner Bank of America for a budget and finance workshop catered to service at City Year titled “Better Money Habits.” We have also included a few popular budgeting resources among our Buffalo staff and AmeriCorps member:
In addition to your stipend, you’ll also receive health insurance, access to Employee Assistance and Talkspace Therapy programs, as well as relocation support.
Metal health and well-being
We work with local community organizations that focus on mental health and wellbeing. AmeriCorps members will get certified in Youth Mental Health First Aid through Compeer, receive training in Restorative Justice through Erie County Restorative Justice Coalition and have wellness sessions like yoga and meditation.
We will provide a letter of employment for your SNAP benefits application. We’ll also allow for any time off needed to apply. We also have an AmeriCorps member pantry with food items stocked from community members and will work with you to get items that you need.
City Year Buffalo will cover costs for bus passes during your year of service.
Your student loans may be eligible for forbearance
You may be eligible to have the repayment of a qualified student loan temporarily postponed while you are serving. While a loan is in forbearance, the individual is not required to make payments. Learn more on AmeriCorps’ website to see if you’re eligible and how to apply. CY Buffalo staff will help guide you through this process as best we can as each individual loan situation will vary.
Whether you are relocating or a longtime resident of Buffalo, you will benefit by having a housing plan in place before service begins.