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Mayors Day of Recognition for National Service

63 Kentucky mayors participated in the second-annual Mayors Day of Recognition for National Service on April 1. The Mayors Day of Recognition for National Service is a nationwide bipartisan effort to recognize the positive impact of national service in our cities, to thank those who serve, and to encourage citizens to give back to their communities.

Check out photos on the KCCVS Facebook page, and learn more about the national effort on the CNCS website.

Volunteer Recognition

Governor Steve Beshear proclaimed April 6-12 as Volunteer Week in Kentucky. Learn about the KCCVS Volunteer Recognition Program.

Governor's Awards for Volunteerism and Service

Judging for the 19th annual awards is now complete. Program Coordinator Shannon Ramsey and the rest of the KCCVS staff express their sincere thanks to everyone who took the time to nominate an outstanding individual, volunteer group, nonprofit or business!

All winning nominators have been contacted. Other nominators have been notified by email, if possible, and will receive an official letter and a recognition document for their nominee(s) in the mail by April 30.

Learn more about the awards program.

DCBS Food Drive Competition

DCBS employees collected 7.1 tons of food in their local communities for individuals and families in need. The KCCVS is pleased to announce that this year’s competition winner is the Two Rivers Service Region.

Learn more on the Make A Difference Day page.

AmeriCorps Build-A-Bed Events

April 12: Jefferson County
9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Meyzeek Middle School, Louisville
Contact: Kristen Thurman, REACH Corps, (502) 485-3949

April 26: Morehead
9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Laughlin Health Building, Morehead State University
Contact: Mary Claire Williams, MSUCorps, (606) 783-2719
MSU Build-A-Bed website

April 26: Marshall County
Contact Shannon Bailes or Donna Morgan, ATEAM.

May 3: Pulaski County
Contact Shannon Bailes or Donna Morgan, ATEAM.

May 17: Barren County
Contact Shannon Bailes or Donna Morgan, ATEAM.

Watch a video about the 2012-13 local Build-A-Bed projects organized by ATEAM and MSUCorps AmeriCorps programs on YouTube. Learn more and see photos on the Build-A-Bed Facebook page.

AmeriCorps NCCC

If you are interested in being a project sponsor for a NCCC team in Kentucky, please contact Stephanie Gittinger, (601) 630-4068.

AmeriCorps 20th Anniversary

September 2013 kicked off the 20th anniversary celebration of AmeriCorps. On Sept. 21, 1993, President Bill Clinton signed the National Community Service Trust Act into law.

Since the first class of AmeriCorps members began serving in 1994, more than 8,500 Kentucky residents have served more than 8.4 million hours and have qualified for Segal AmeriCorps Education Awards totaling more than $28 million.

A swearing-in ceremony will take place on Friday, Sept. 12, 2014 in Frankfort. If you are a Kentucky AmeriCorps alum and would like information about the event, please join the alum email list.

Learn more about the national anniversary on the CNCS website.

Social Innovation Fund

On Feb. 25, the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) released a Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) of up to $65.8 million for the 2014 grant competition of the Social Innovation Fund (SIF). This is the largest grant pool in the history of the program.

Learn more on the CNCS website.

Federal Government Job Opportunities for AmeriCorps VISTA alumni

The Social Security Administration are hiring 34 individuals for offices throughout Kentucky. An AmeriCorps VISTA can be hired directly by the federal government within one year of their completion of their tour with AmeriCorps. At times, this one year limit can be extended an additional two years for a total of three years from the completion of their tour with AmeriCorps.

Service Representative job description and application information

VISTA alumni hiring opportunities FAQ

For more information, contact Bernard O'Nan, (866) 412-2882.

AmeriCorps Inclusion Videos

Check out the playlist of disability inclusion videos by Kentucky AmeriCorps programs on YouTube.

2013-14 Kentucky AmeriCorps Programs

The 2013-14 Kentucky AmeriCorps programs began Sept. 1, 2013 in 82 counties. Kentucky will benefit from the service of more than 480 members serving in one of the 12 programs. For more information, contact Program Officer Andrea Sieloff or go to the Kentucky AmeriCorps page.

Past Events/Information

Kentucky AmeriCorps Video

Check out the video picture slideshow on YouTube of Kentucky AmeriCorps service activities from the last few years.

2014 Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Learn more about service activities on the MLK Day of Service page.

Making a Difference through Service

During the 2013 Make A Difference Day Food Drive Competition, the Kentucky AmeriCorps programs collected 44.93 tons of food in their local communities for individuals and families in need. That’s enough to feed 179,737.92 people an 8-ounce serving. We’d say that’s making a pretty big difference.

Learn more on the Make A Difference Day page.

Kentucky AmeriCorps Accomplishments

The KCCVS staff is always excited when a new AmeriCorps program year begins. However, we also are excited at the end of the previous program year because that means we can share amazing accomplishments by Kentucky AmeriCorps programs. Such as how members recruited 15,979 community volunteers who provided 80,885 hours of service to their communities.

To catch your attention of the impact of AmeriCorps service in Kentucky communities, we created an infographic. Check out the full infographic of the 2012-13 Kentucky AmeriCorps Accomplishments and feel free to share the image with your contacts.

Learn about current Kentucky AmeriCorps programs.

Top Priorities for Kentucky AmeriCorps: Survey Results

In October 2013, we asked for your input to help the KCCVS determine top priorities for Kentucky AmeriCorps, and you answered. Based on the responses, the six focus areas were ranked in the following order of priority for Kentucky: pie chart of responders

  1. Education
  2. Economic Opportunity
  3. Healthy Futures
  4. Veterans and Military Families
  5. Disaster Services
  6. Environmental Stewardship

The pie chart shows the agency/organization affiliation of the respondents. If you have any questions about the survey results, please contact Shannon Ramsey. Thank you, again, for your engagement and support.

Kentucky AmeriCorps Launch

Two regional launch events were held in October. Learn more on the AmeriCorps Launch page.

2014-15 Kentucky AmeriCorps Grants

The request for proposals process began on Oct. 28, 2013. Learn more on the AmeriCorps Grant Information page.

Volunteerism and National Service News

Go to the National Service page to check out links to news articles, blog posts, reports, etc. related to volunteerism and national service.


Last Updated 4/11/2014
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