Health and Family Services Cabinet
Kentucky Receives $3.8 Million in Service Grants; Funding will help tutor students, aid seniors, provide housing placement

Press Release Date:  Wednesday, July 31, 2013  
Revision Date:  Tuesday, August 06, 2013 
Contact Information:  Media Contact: Anya Armes Weber, (502) 564-6786, ext. 3104; or Jill Midkiff, (502) 564-7042, ext. 3465  


FRANKFORT, Ky. (July 31, 2013) – Cabinet for Health and Family Services Secretary Audrey Tayse Haynes today announced that 12 Kentucky AmeriCorps programs, will receive more than $3.8 million in new grant money.

AmeriCorps is a national service program administered by the Cabinet and serves faith-based and nonprofit organizations with critical educational, environmental and safety needs.  Grant recipients include programs dedicated to efforts ranging from preventing student dropouts to serving survivors of domestic violence.

“The stories of success as a result of this kind of service are incredible,” Secretary Haynes said. “Through these grants, local citizens are addressing local needs.”

The Kentucky programs receiving grants include 472 full- and part-time members. Their projects will last three months to one year and most begin this fall. The list includes:

ATEAM - $639,471
Sponsor: Barren County School District (Glasgow/Owensboro)
Members: 48 full-time, one half-time
ATEAM members serve elementary through high school students in partnership with supportive schools and involved communities to provide tutoring and mentoring assistance to aid in the prevention of student dropouts and support postsecondary education and workforce readiness.

Disaster Services Corps - $129,500 (new program)
Sponsor: Green River Area Development District (Owensboro)
Members: 10 full-time
Disaster Services Corps members coordinate volunteers and educate the community about disaster preparedness. Members are trained as disaster responders and initiate the development of disaster kits.

Build Corps - $598,482 (funded by competitive grant)
Sponsor: Homeless and Housing Coalition of Kentucky (Frankfort)
Members: 45 full-time
Build Corps members impact their communities statewide through homelessness prevention, housing placement services, and low-income housing construction and repair. Members also assist homeless and economically disadvantaged Kentuckians prepare for and recover from disasters.

Economic Empowerment Corps - $135,850 (funded by competitive grant)
Sponsor: Kentucky Domestic Violence Association (Frankfort)
Members: 11 full-time
Economic Empowerment Corps is a statewide program that allows members to serve as economic empowerment specialists, volunteer and community outreach specialists and youth programming specialists serving those who are survivors of domestic violence.

FRYSC Corps - $445,976 (funded by competitive grant)
Sponsor: Ohio Valley Educational Cooperative (Frankfort)
Members: 25 full-time, 10 half-time, 30 quarter-time
FRYSC Corps Members, serving under the supervision of Family Resource and Youth Services Center (FRYSC) coordinators, provide reading tutoring for academically at-risk students in central Kentucky.

Kentucky College Coaches - $263,900
Sponsor: Northern Kentucky University Research Foundation (Highland Heights)
Members: 40 half-time
Kentucky College Coaches members serve as college coaches in 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.

Kentucky Service Corps - $20,000 (Education Award Program)
Sponsor: Northern Kentucky University Research Foundation (Highland Heights)
Members: 48 quarter-time, 60 minimum-time
Kentucky Service Corps members are committed college students and citizens mobilizing to provide critical service to nonprofits, schools, local and state government agencies across the Commonwealth.

MoneyCorps - $132,450 (new program)
Sponsor: Northern Kentucky Community Action Commission (Covington)
Members: 20 half-time
Members leverage additional volunteers to provide disadvantaged individuals with access to financial literacy resources and services to improve financial literacy.

MSUCorps - $379,050 (funded by competitive grant)
Sponsor: Morehead State University (Morehead)
Members: 30 full-time
MSUCorps members provide reading tutoring for academically at-risk students utilizing the “Great Leaps” reading curriculum and recruit and train community volunteers to be reading tutors. Members develop and demonstrate skills in tutoring, civic engagement and volunteer recruitment in eastern Kentucky.

REACH Corps - $259,000
Sponsor: Jefferson County Public Schools (Louisville)
Members: 20 full-time
REACH Corps members serve in elementary and middle schools’ FRYSC to assist students who are showing signs of chronic absenteeism, as well as providing assistance to families facing multiple economic, educational and health challenges that have an impact on a student’s success in school.

Senior Connections - $323,750
Sponsor: Green River Area Development District (Owensboro)
Members: 25 full-time
Senior Connections members provide in-home services, site-based services, transportation services and social support to seniors and individuals with disabilities for the purpose of preventing unnecessary hospitalizations for Medicare recipients. Members are trained in disaster response and assist in local service projects.

UNITE Service Corps - $543,400 (funded by competitive grant)
Sponsor: Operation UNITE (Prestonsburg)
Members: 44 full-time
UNITE Service Corps members provide math tutoring and drug abuse prevention education for at-risk students. Members serve as drug education coordinators within their service site schools in eastern Kentucky.


About AmeriCorps in Kentucky
The Kentucky Commission on Community Volunteerism and Service, part of the cabinet, administers Kentucky’s AmeriCorps programs.

Five of Kentucky’s AmeriCorps programs are funded through an annual grant competition by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), a public-private partnership that engages Americans of all ages in service. CNCS announced the grants in June.

The remaining programs are funded through formula grant funds awarded based on state population.

As part of the announcement, CNCS, in partnership with the U.S. Department of Education, has also awarded a School Turnaround AmeriCorps grant to Berea College for its PartnerCorps program. The $633,689 grant provides for 40 AmeriCorps members, who will work as mentors, college advisers and family advocates for students at Knox Central and Leslie County high schools. The 10-month program targets low-income and rural students.

Commission Executive Director Eileen Cackowski said 100 percent of AmeriCorps grant money goes directly to strengthen these community programs.

“Kentucky will have more AmeriCorps programs this year than last year, and we eventually hope to have programs in every county,” she said. “The AmeriCorps program is a good fit for Kentucky and brings in millions for college educations, as well as thousands of hours of service to communities.”
 
Since AmeriCorps began 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. During the 2011-12 program year, 411 AmeriCorps members provided 561,750 hours of service to the Commonwealth of Kentucky and its citizens.

AmeriCorps members may serve up to two, full-service years. Upon completion of their service, members are eligible for an education award equal to the Pell grant, currently $5,550, that can be used to pay back student loans or cover tuition costs.

For more information about Kentucky’s AmeriCorps programs or AmeriCorps projects, call Program Officer Andrea Sieloff toll-free (800) 239-7404, ext. 3842, or visit the KCCVS website at www.volunteerKY.ky.gov.

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The Cabinet for Health and Family Services is home to most of the state's human services and health care programs, including Medicaid, the Department for Community Based Services and the Department for Public Health. CHFS is one of the largest agencies in state government, with nearly 8,000 full and part-time employees throughout the Commonwealth focused on improving the lives and health of Kentuckians.