It sounds good in a headine: “Volunteers Can Earn $11,000 Stipend.” And the initiative behind it seems solid as well: the Los Angeles Community Preparedness Corps (LACPC) to, “engage community members and develop neighborhood plans to prepare for emergencies and natural disasters.”
But what they’re offering:
Mayor Villaraigosa called on 27 energetic individuals to sign up for the LACPC program and implement emergency preparedness measures throughout LA. Each member will volunteer 40 hours per week, complete 1,700 total hours over the course of one year and receive a stipend for $11,100. [emphasis mine]
This works out to $6.53 per hour, nearly a dollar less than California’s minimum wage of $7.50 per hour (raising to $8.00 on at the start of 2008). According to the “California State Government Volunteers Act” a volunteer is “any person who, of his own free will, provides goods or services, without any financial gain.” $6.53 an hour isn’t much – but even a stipend is still compensation.
Alas, for a recent high school grad looking to spice up his or her transcript before heading to college this may be a great avenue. Additionally, volunteers would be eligible “for the Segal Americorps Education Award of $4,725, which can pay for college tuition, additional training courses or repayment of student loans.”
more about the program at City Watch.