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Pew Trusts: Rural areas hope to get more from national service programs like Americorps

April Simpson Pew Charitable Trusts The Hindman Settlement School was founded in 1902 to educate children living in the Central Appalachian Mountains of Eastern Kentucky. The school now focuses on helping children with dyslexia, and its leaders propose deploying 40 mentors from AmeriCorps, the national service program, to nearby elementary schools to give students the one-on-one attention they need. Brent...

Kentuckians pledge to strengthen communities through Americorps during swearing-in ceremony

Hundreds of AmeriCorps volunteers pledged to make Kentucky “Safer, Smarter and Healthier,” during a swearing-in ceremony at Fourth Street Live! in Louisville on Monday. AmeriCorps is a national service program administered by Serve Kentucky, an agency within the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS), with funding provided by the federal Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS)...

Grimes marks National Service Recognition Day with roundtable of Americorps members in Frankfort

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes on Tuesday hosted a roundtable with Kentucky AmeriCorps service members in Frankfort to discuss service in the Commonwealth. The discussion coincided with National Service Recognition Day activities across the country. Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes “AmeriCorps is one of our nation’s most vital civic service programs,” said Grimes....

Green River Area Development District awarded grant to address food insecurity among seniors

A $5,000 grant from the Volunteer Generation Fund, administered by the Kentucky Commission on Community Volunteerism and Service (KCCVS), has been awarded to the Senior Connections AmeriCorps program at the Green River Area Development District. The funds will be used in support of the established “Feed Seniors Now” food drive, which addresses food insecurity of at-risk seniors by engaging volunteers...

Kentucky to receive $6.5 million in service grants from AmeriCorps for 23 state programs

Kentucky has received more than $6.5 million in AmeriCorps federal funding for 23 programs with more than 800 total members, the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) announced Tuesday. Most of the programs were funded through an annual grant competition by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), a federal agency that engages Americans of all ages in service. The...

Rural Blog: Trump budget proposal could result in end of several long-term national service programs

Breaking from longstanding tradition, President Donald Trump’s budget proposal, if enacted, would eliminate many service programs started under Presidents John F. Kennedy and Richard Nixon. The programs include Corporation for National and Community Service, and with it, AmeriCorps, Senior Corps and Volunteers in Service to America, one of Kennedy’s first national service programs, reports Erica...

State Health and Family Services Cabinet receives $6.1 million in AmeriCorps federal funding

The Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) announced that Kentucky has received more than $6 million in AmeriCorps federal funding for 19 programs with more than 1,000 members. Most of the programs were funded through an annual grant competition by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), a federal agency that engages Americans of all ages in service. The remaining...

Rep. Mike Denham: Volunteers and nonprofit organizations should be recognized for service

FRANKFORT – Those who say you can’t get something for nothing apparently have never met a volunteer.   About two-thirds of adults in our country actively help others like a neighbor, while roughly a fourth go a step further and donate time through their churches, civic groups, charities, schools and other helpful organizations.   That group provides about 8 billion hours of work for free...

Gena Bigler: Kentuckians’ generosity hard to measure but easy to see in AmeriCorps’ faces

When staying with my grandparents in Hyden, it was common to come home to find some random gift on the front porch. Sometimes it was fresh vegetables someone was sharing from the garden, or morel mushrooms someone had foraged.   My grandparents modeled that same generosity, sharing meals with neighbors, leaving vegetables on other people’s porches or sending a plate down the way to the friend...

Gena Bigler: Kentuckians' generosity hard to measure but easy to see in AmeriCorps' faces

When staying with my grandparents in Hyden, it was common to come home to find some random gift on the front porch. Sometimes it was fresh vegetables someone was sharing from the garden, or morel mushrooms someone had foraged.   My grandparents modeled that same generosity, sharing meals with neighbors, leaving vegetables on other people’s porches or sending a plate down the way to the friend...

Commentary: Come celebrate 20th birthday of AmeriCorps and its 'incredible impact'

By Joe Bringardner Special to KyForward   What if there was a program for adults of all ages that enabled participants to gain the necessary skills to earn 21st century jobs and help pay for post-secondary education while also providing a living wage, health insurance, child care assistance and instilling the value of community service? What if this program was also cost-efficient and proven to...

Gena Bigler: AmeriCorps, V.I.S.T.A. offer amazing life experiences for young people

AmeriCorps and V.I.S.T.A. offer amazing life experiences that all young people can benefit from. From time to time, people ask about my experiences. Below are some recent questions I’ve received – and my answers. I am happy to talk to anyone about my experiences. If you are considering public service, do it! You won’t regret it.   What attracted you to AmeriCorps?   I always...

Gena Bigler: Deciding what we want to ‘be’ at age 18 may not be best way to choose career

“What do you want to be when you grow up?” I remember hearing that question often as a child. My answer ranged from the vague ‘scientist’ to the very specific ‘Wonder Woman.’ We expect children to know what they want to be, but rarely give them a chance to experience different careers. If you look at the U.S. congress, a surprising number of members are family legacies. The same holds...

Gena Bigler: Deciding what we want to 'be' at age 18 may not be best way to choose career

“What do you want to be when you grow up?” I remember hearing that question often as a child. My answer ranged from the vague ‘scientist’ to the very specific ‘Wonder Woman.’ We expect children to know what they want to be, but rarely give them a chance to experience different careers. If you look at the U.S. congress, a surprising number of members are family legacies. The same holds...