OWENSBORO, Ky. (7/8/13) – Green River Area Development District (GRADD) has been awarded $453,250 in federal grant money to fund 35 AmeriCorps program member slots in Daviess, Hancock, Henderson, McLean, Ohio, Union and Webster counties.
GRADD was notified this week by the Kentucky Commission on Community Volunteerism and Service (KCCVS) that their Senior Connections program will receive a grant for 25 volunteers, and their new Disaster Services program will receive a grant for 10 volunteers.
Since 1997, GRADD’s Senior Connections program has partnered with local agencies to provide services and counseling to low-income, at-risk senior citizens to improve their quality of life and help them remain independent. Past service sites include senior citizen centers, adult day care providers, senior living facilities, career centers and hospice organizations.
The recently launched Disaster Services program will connect volunteers with local agencies such as county emergency management and Red Cross. In addition to increasing organizational response capabilities, these members will assist in public awareness efforts and help citizens develop preparedness plans and emergency kits.
Over the past 16 years, more than 400 area residents—ranging in age from 18 to 80—have participated in GRADD AmeriCorps programs.
In exchange for one year of community service, AmeriCorps members receive a living allowance of $12,100, an education award of $5,500, and health insurance.
The new program year will begin on September 3.
While several current members plan to return for a second year of service, GRADD staff expects to recruit as many as 25 new members across the region.
Individuals interested in learning more about AmeriCorps are strongly encouraged to attend one of the following informational meetings:
•Thursday, July 25 at 1 p.m. at GRADD Office (300 GRADD Way, Owensboro); and
•Friday, July 26 at 1 p.m. at the Gathering Place (1817 N. Elm St., Henderson.
Individuals age 55 and older are encouraged to apply.
Information provided by Woody Maglinger
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