Because the South Whidbey Commons is a nonprofit organization dedicated to strengthening our community, it qualifies for the AmeriCorps program. The members who serve the Commons work under the Washington Service Corps and receive a modest living allowance, half of which is paid by the Commons and the other half of which is paid by federal funds through the Corporation for National and Community Service. After they successfully complete their term (a minimum of 1,700 hours of service), members are eligible to receive an educational award of $5,350 to put toward their college education or student loans.
The Coffeehouse Bookstore would grind to a halt without the help of our AmeriCorps members. They provide leadership, train volunteers, and keep the coffeehouse running smoothly. Alex Jeffers and Sean Morphew began serving in September of 2012.