WHAT IS AMERICORPS?
AmeriCorps is a national community service program, created in 1994, that provides tens of thousands of Americans opportunities to gain professional development and give back to their communities. AmeriCorps members serve in non-profits, public agencies and faith-based organizations on projects that focus on one or more community needs, including disaster services. AmeriCorps programs are funded by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) and Serve Kentucky, our state program office.
WHAT IS KY READY CORPS?
KY READY Corps is a Kentucky state-wide disaster readiness and resilience initiative, focused on helping communities and their vulnerable populations be more ready and resilient in case of a crisis, emergency or disaster. KY READY Corps is funded through grants received from CNCS and overseen by Serve Kentucky in Frankfort, along with more than twenty additional AmeriCorps programs across the state.
KY READY Corps partners with educational institutions, non-profit agencies that assist vulnerable populations, government agencies and volunteer organizations that act as service sites, placing our talented, service-conscious members in projects that help organizations withunmet needs in disaster services. Participation requires time and other committments from both the partner site and the AmeriCorps KY READY Corps member, but there is currently NO FINANCIAL COST to sites for hosting one or more of our members.
WHO ARE KY READY CORPS MEMBERS?
Our AmeriCorps members are college students or recent graduates from a wide range of academic disciplines, who choose to serve part-time, between 15 and 25 service hour per week, depending on the service slot (member service hours desired), which range from 300 single semester slot to 1200 for a full year of service. KY READY Corps members are volunteers committed to service, engaged in projects that are both direct service and capacity building and involve an aspect of readiness or resilience initiatives to help communities and vulnerable individuals become prepared for emergencies and disasters.
WHAT DO KY READY CORPS MEMBERS DO?
- AmeriCorps KY READY Corps Member Position Descriptions
- Member Position Descriptions can be tailored to meet specific site needs, but projects should fall into the categories of education and outreach, preparedness and assessments, or volunteer coordination and support.
Our KY READY Corps members can provide direct service and capacity building services such as:
- Provide health information to vulnerable populations;
- Create and deliver emergency/disaster readiness and resilience curriculum;
- Survey and assess individual and organizational emergency/disaster readiness;
- Strengthen volunteer management and recruitment;
- Enlist, train or coordinate volunteers;
- Help develop a volunteer management system;
- Promote retention of volunteers;
- Conduct research and gather information;
- Assist in the development of new programs or services;
- Develop collaborative relationships with other organizations, such as community and faith based organizations, local government agencies, foundations, institutions of higher education and local educaiton agencies or organizations.
Primary Expectations of Service Sites:
- Attendance at or completion of Start of Service Site Supervisor AmeriCorps training
- Regular supervision of KY READY Corps Member (face to face at least once per week)
- Necessary on-site and project training for KY READY Corps Member
- Space and tools to successfully complete the project, including necessary travel support (vehicles or mileage reimbursement) when members serve off-site
- Verification and approval of member(s) electronic time sheets, using OnCorps
- Promotion of AmeriCorps and the KY READY Corps program, including assistance with KY READY Corps Member recruitment, if necessary
Deadline for Summer 2020 Project Proposals has been extended to April 30.