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To apply for the AmeriCorps Senior Connections or Disaster Services Corps programs, please download the application or visit the AmeriCorps website.
The Kentucky Commission on Community Volunteerism and Service (KCCVS) website has information on programs in the Commonwealth.
The Green River Area Development District is home to the AmeriCorps Senior Connections program which started in 1997.
Our mission is to provide in-home services, site based services, transportation services and social support to seniors and disabled individuals to reduce the hospitalization rate of Medicare recipients.
Members help prepare and deliver meals-on-wheels and congregate meals, provide telephone reassurance, friendly visits (including chores and caregiver relief), locate programs for reduced or free prescription medications, educate seniors on changing Medicare benefits, minor home repairs, assist seniors with finding employment, and more.
GRADD was awarded a grant from KCCVS for the Senior Connections program. This program was awarded 25 full-time slots for AmeriCorps members. The service year starts September 1st and goes through August 31st.
Service sites for Senior Connections include:
• Senior Citizen Centers
• Adult Day Care
• Senior Living Facilities
• Hospice organizations
• Career Centers
GRADD was awarded a grant from KCCVS for the Disaster Services Corps program. This program was awarded 10 full-time slots for AmeriCorps members. The service year starts September 1st and goes through August 31st.
Members in this corps serve to increase the capacity of disaster preparedness agencies and inform the public with disaster preparedness information: to make a plan; make a kit; and get involved.
Service sites include:
• County Emergency Management Agencies
• American Red Cross
• Law Enforcement Agencies
• Fire Rescue Training
AmeriCorps Member Benefits
Qualified host agencies sponsor AmeriCorps members for a cash match of $5,250. These funds cover administration, travel, training, and insurance.
Members serve a minimum of 1,700 hours of community service with an assigned service site. This is roughly equivalent to full-time employment for a year.
Member Benefits include:
• A minimal living allowance of $12,100 paid out over 24 equal pay periods.
• A $5,550 education award upon the completion of 1,700 hours of service.
• Health insurance is provided at no cost to the member.
• Student loans may be placed in forbearance for the duration of member's service.
• Childcare assistance is available if eligible.
• Training in disaster preparedness and response by the American Red Cross.
• Individuals may serve in AmeriCorps for two years.
AmeriCorps programs are made possible by a grant from the Corporation for National Service through the Kentucky Commission on Community Volunteerism and Service.
*For more information please email David Clark, AmeriCorps Program Director, or call (270) 926-4433.