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Kentucky AmeriCorps and AmeriCorps State programs

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2010-2011 Kentucky AmeriCorps State Programs Fast Facts

Kentucky AmeriCorps and AmeriCorps State programs
The following programs are Kentucky-based and looking for volunteers. If you want to volunteer full time, September is usually the best time to join because it is the beginning of the AmeriCorps fiscal year and it can be difficult to get your hours in otherwise. However, the programs take volunteers year-round.

Volunteers provide tutoring and mentoring assistance to K-12 students.
Program Director: Shannon Bailes
3520 New Hartford Road, Suite 307
Owensboro, KY 42303
(270) 684-5300
P.O. Box 29
149 Cardinal Blvd.
Hiseville, KY 42152
(270) 453-3205

Build Corps (BC)
Volunteers help low-income families and individuals get permanent and/or transitional housing and serve as construction assistants at nonprofit agencies, rehabilitating and building housing in low-income communities. They also provide financial literacy education.
Program Director: Kelly Dycus
Homeless and Housing Coalition of Kentucky
101 Burch Court
Frankfort, KY 40601
(502) 223-1834

Community Action Council for Lexington-Fayette, Bourbon, Harrison, & Nicholas Counties Inc.
Programs include RSVP, Foster Grandparents, and Community Action�s internal volunteer program.
Volunteer Coordinator: Kathy Hughes
710 W. High Street
Lexington, KY 40508
(859) 233-4600, ext. 1210

Economic Empowerment Corps (EEC)
Volunteers work as economic empowerment specialists, volunteer and community outreach specialists, and/or youth programming specialists, serving those who are survivors of domestic violence.
Program Directors: Beth Workman and Mary O�Doherty
111 Darby Shire Circle
Frankfort, KY 40601
(502) 209-5382

EKU Corps (EKU)
Volunteers provide drop-out prevention literacy tutoring, environmental and drug abuse education, and opportunities for job training and certification programs for at-risk students.
Program Director: Nancy Thames
Eastern Kentucky University
College of Education
220 Bert Combs Building
521 Lancaster Avenue
Richmond, KY 40475
(859) 622-6556

Homeland Security Corps (HSC)
Members serve in rapid response agencies to educate individuals in public safety, public health, and disaster preparedness issues; train agency-affiliated volunteers; and help develop closer collaboration among local response agencies.
(Note: this program at time of writing is set to end February 28; even if new funding becomes available, it may not re-open until September 1, 2012.)
Program Director: David Clark
Green River Area Development District
300 Gradd Way
Owensboro, KY 42301
(270) 926-4433 or (800) 928-9094

Kentucky Commission on Community Volunteerism & Service (KCCVS)
275 East Main St., 3W-E
Frankfort, KY 40621
(502) 564-7420 / (800) 239-7404
E-mail: (Program Officer)

MSU Corps (MSU)
Volunteers tutor for the academically at-risk reading students using the �Great Leaps� reading curriculum; recruit and train community volunteers to be reading tutors; develop and demonstrate skills in tutoring, civic engagement, and volunteer recruitment.
Program Director: Sherrie Bennett
Morehead State University
233 Waterfield Hall
Morehead, KY 40351
(606) 783-2719

Kentucky College Coaches (KCC)
Volunteers who are college graduates serve as college coaches in this statewide program designed to increase the number of low-income and underserved students who graduate from high school, enroll in postsecondary institutions, and earn a college degree.
Program Director: Gayle Hilleke
Kentucky Campus Compact
Founders Hall 536, Nunn Drive
Highland Heights, KY 41099
(859) 572-7634
E-mail: hillekeg1@nku.ed

Kentucky Service Corps (KSC)
Volunteers of any age provide critical service to nonprofits, schools, local, and state government agencies across the Commonwealth.
Program Director: Gayle Hilleke
Kentucky Campus Compact
Founders Hall 536, Nunn Drive
Highland Heights, KY 41099
(859) 572-7634
E-mail: hillekeg1@nku.ed

REACH Corps (RC)
Volunteers serve in elementary and middle schools� Family Resource and Youth Services Centers to assist students who are chronically absent. Volunteers also provide assistance to families who are facing multiple economic, educational, and health challenges that have an impact on a student�s success in school.
Program Director: Ben Langley
Ahrens Educational Resource Center
546 South 1st Street, Suite 204
Louisville, KY 40202
(502) 485-3288

Senior Connections (SC)
Volunteers help at-risk low-income elderly people by providing in-home assistance with chores, home repairs, home management, caregiver relief, benefit counseling, and home safety education. Volunteers also initiate, implement, and participate in senior-centered activities, assist in local community projects, and are trained in disaster response.
Program Director: David Clark
Green River Area Development District
300 Gradd Way
Owensboro, KY 42301
(270) 926-4433 or (800) 928-9094

UNITE Service Corps (USC)
Volunteers provide math tutoring and drug education for at-risk students and serve as drug education coordinators within their service site schools.
Program Director: Eugene Newsome
Operation UNITE
102 Stagger Fork
Pikeville, KY 41501
(606) 639-6176

YouthBuild of Northern Kentucky (YB)
Volunteers serve eight counties of northern Kentucky addressing the unmet educational and economic opportunities of at-risk youth. Volunteers also address the need for affordable housing. YouthBuild serves low-income, at-risk young adults ages 16-24 who have not finished high school, places them in a GED program, and allows them to earn their carpentry certification through building housing for low-income members of their community. They also receive life skills training and do community-service projects. Volunteers are needed to mentor 16-18-year-olds for several hours each week.
Program Director: Kristine Frech
717 Madison Avenue
Covington, KY 41011
(859) 655-2952

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More stories about why kids need a bed

These are stories about other boys and girls who were to receive a bed from the 2010 Build-A-Bed event:

Girl, age 4. Her father left the family two years ago, and they were forced to move into a smaller apartment and sell most of their furniture. Now she sleeps in the same bed with her mother and brother, because the dad won�t pay child support.

Boy, age 9. He lives with his parents and had a bed until this weekend when the creek flooded his basement and damaged his bedding. Mother is on disability, father is unemployed, and times were hard before the basement flooded. The need for beds keeps growing because of events that families cannot plan for. We can be a safety net with your help.

Boy, age 6. His family recently had to discard their bedding from their home because of a severe bedbug infestation. His parents were able to retain his bed frame, but not the mattress. He and his parents are currently sleeping on their floor with some blankets the Red Cross provided.

Boy, age 4. He is the son of two special-needs parents. The family moved to Kentucky last month and they have been unable to find jobs. They are living in a shelter while they try to secure permanent housing and a bed would go a long way toward getting them back out.

Girl, age 6. Her single mother died last fall, and she has been moved into transitional living. Her aunt has filed a petition for guardianship, but doesn�t have a bed for the girl. One of our beds can help her aunt bring this family back to a sense of normalcy.

Boy, age 13. He recently had to throw out his bedding because a bedbug infestation broke out in their apartment complex. Both parents are on disability and don�t have the money to buy new bedding.

Girl, age 8. Her mother sold her bed for drug money during the winter. She has since been removed from her home, and is living with her grandfather. She sleeps on a reclining chair, because there are no extra beds in the house.

Girl, age 12. Her father recently went on disability from a coalmine, and mom left her job to help take care of him. Bills are tight, and there hasn�t been money to upgrade her bed. She sleeps diagonally across her toddler bed each night because it�s too small.

Girl, age 5. Her mom was released from rehab last year. She now lives with her baby sister and her mom in eastern Kentucky. The family moved into a better home last month, but they only have one bed. Right now the two girls share the bed and mom sleeps on the floor.

Girl, age 8. She lives with her mother. Neither she nor her mom has a bed to sleep on. She sleeps on a Pilates mat, while her mom just has a sheet. A Pilates mat is no substitute for a brand new mattress and box spring. Please help this girl get a good night�s sleep.

Boy, age 7. He hasn�t had a bed since he outgrew his crib. Now he sleeps on the floor, but there is a gap between the walls in the floor. During the winter he has to use his extra laundry as covers, because the draft is so cold.

Boy, age 7. He is a special-needs child from central Kentucky. His grandmother recently received guardianship of him and his two siblings. Since grandma is retired, the family is living on a very low fixed income.

Girl, age 13. Her family�s trailer was flooded this spring, and they lost all their furniture. They�ve been able to move into a new apartment, but everyone still sleeps on the floor.

Boy, age 9. He shares a bed with his identical twin. The boys have shared a bed since they got their first crib. While their bed is full sized, the boys don�t like for friends to come over, because they get embarrassed when people find out that they share a bed.

Boy, age 9. He lives with his family in a Red Cross shelter. The family lost everything in a fire, and didn�t have homeowners� insurance. They are trying to obtain permanent housing, but don�t have any furniture of their own. This bed will help them secure housing before their time in the shelter runs out.

Girl, age 7. She lives with her parents and three siblings. She spends most nights in a toddler bed that has been passed down through the family. The parents have not been able to afford another bed even though their child has begun complaining of leg pains after she sleeps.

Boy, age 11. He lives with his single mom and has an air mattress, but it deflates every night.

Girl, age 6. She lives with her father. They moved to Kentucky last year after her mom left. Mom took her daughter�s bed when she filed for divorce. Dad has been working part-time for over a year and doesn�t have the money to buy his daughter a new bed. They are sharing a bed for now, but it�s not very big.

Girl, age 9. She is a 3rd-grade student who �is a joy to be around and always has a smile on her face!� She shares a twin-sized bed with her younger sister, who is a kindergarten student. These precious girls would be able to sleep more comfortably at night and be better prepared for the school day ahead if they had separate beds.

Girl, age 17. Her mother took her younger sister and the pair moved to Florida and stranded her. She is living with a neighbor, because her dad is incarcerated. She has been accepted for HUD housing, but has no possessions to call her own.

Girl, age 14. After her father and only guardian is arrested for DUI, she moves into her aunt�s trailer. With no room of her own or even a bed, she resorts to sleeping on a vinyl lawn chair.

Boy, age 8. His parents moved to the United States 17 years ago. His father works as a farm hand, and his mother takes care of the family. He is the youngest of six siblings, and the family only has four beds.

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2010-2011 Kentucky AmeriCorps State Programs Fast Facts
• Members recruited 12,014 volunteers who provided 74,785 hours of service to their communities
• Received 1,749 applications for the 666 available slots
• Programs retained 82.7% of their members for the entire service year (556 education awards issued; does not include partial awards)
• Tutored 5,861 students
•Provided drug education to 1,793 students
• Provided financial literacy education to 1,249 individuals
• Assisted 6,726 individuals maintain their current housing
• Assisted 1,440 individuals attain housing
• Built 26 homes
• Rehabbed and/or weatherized 62 homes
• Served 3,990 at-risk seniors in maintaining their independence
• Delivered 70,896 meals to at-risk seniors
• Provided transportation to 15,958 seniors
• Assisted 15 youth in attaining their GED
• Provided disaster educations to 28,134 individuals
• Recruited 108 CERT volunteers
• Prepared 5,140 students for college
• Provided services to 38,803 clients through local nonprofits
• Recruited 1,091 volunteers to provide energy conservation education
• Recruited 285 volunteers to develop community gardens
• Brought in $3,696,300 in educational scholarships (This money is set aside until used.)

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To read the Kentucky Living December 2011 feature that goes along with this supplement, go to Quilts and Other Kindnesses.

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