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 needs of vulnerable populations. KY READY Corps is funded through grants received from CNCS and overseen by Serve Kentucky in Frankfort, along with twenty other 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, helping members to satisfy an unmet need for 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 12 and 25 service hour per week, depending on the service slot (member service hours desired), which range from 100 for a 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 vulnerable individuals become prepared for emergencies and disasters.
WHAT DO KY READY CORPS MEMBERS DO?
- Preparedness Education and Community Outreach
- Preparedness Assessment and Plans
- 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.
Deadline to submit a Service Site Proposal for 2019-2020 academic year: July 15, 2019. May be extended if the service project is two semester or full academic year, with a start date in late September/early October.