Overview of Scott County AmeriCorps
The Scott County Poverty Busters AmeriCorps Program recruits AmeriCorps members during the months of June and July. Members are recruited from the participating communities, local colleges, and from the national AmeriCorps recruiting website. As an AmeriCorps member, you will gain valuable experience in an area that interests you that can translate directly into job experience in your chosen field. You will learn teamwork, communication, responsibility, and many other essential skills that will help you for the rest of your life while gaining the personal satisfaction of taking on a challenge and seeing results while serving your community.
Scott County AmeriCorps Poverty Busters members perform many duties within the community that address the educational and crisis intervention needs of adults and children. Members may serve at the Community Clearinghouse, at after school programs, or the Circles Campaign. Service project activities occur at various sites throughout the community with partner agencies throughout the course of the year.
For the 2014/15 year, AmeriCorps Members will serve at the following sites:
The Scott County Community Clearinghouse: Owned and operated by the Scott County Partnership under the Clearinghouse Advisory Council in cooperation with the Ministerial Association of Scott County and the Salvation Army. The Scott County Community Clearinghouse serves people of Scott County in crisis situations. At the Clearinghouse they may receive emergency food, clothing vouchers to use in the Community Thrift Store, Red Cross assistance, Salvation Army assistance, energy assistance, access programs to make homes more energy efficient, and other such immediate kinds of help.
21st Century Community Learning Center, Scott School District 1: The Austin Learning Center located in the old Austin Middle School along with Partnership�s Family/Education Resource Center. This program provides academic enrichment opportunities and friendship to students involved during out-of-school times.
Scott County School District 2: SCSD2 contracts with the Scott County Partnership to provide members to SMS & SHS. This program provides academic enrichment opportunities and friendship to students involved during school times.
YMCA Out-of-school program: Tony Stidham is the Program Director for this program. Out of school time programs exist at Johnson Elementary School, Lexington Elementary School, and Scottsburg Elementary School. This program provides academic enrichment opportunities and homework assistance before and after school, and in the summer months for elementary school students.
Circles Campaign: The Circles Campaign began in Scott County in 2009/10 to address poverty and to help alleviate poverty one family at a time through the Circles Model. Circles campaigns were already happening in Muncie, Bloomington, and South Bend, Indiana. Through the Recovery AmeriCorps grant in 2009, members began serving this initiative. The Campaign is just beginning to have a powerful impact on our community. Thus, members will serve in all four communities assisting with the Circles Campaign.
Muncie, Bloomington, Indianapolis and South Bend will recruit their own members for the Circles Campaign. Those who would like to assist the Circles Campaign in Scott County will apply through the Scott County site. If you are in one of the outlying communities listed above, complete the application and send it to one of the addresses listed below that is the most appropriate.
For Muncie: TEAMWork for Quality Living
PO Box 468, Muncie, IN 47308 ( Attn: Carrie Summers)
For Bloomington: South Central Community Action
1500 West 15th St. Bloomington, IN 47401 ( Attn: Linda Patton)
For South Bend: St. Joseph County Bridges Out of Poverty
PO Box 1078, South Bend, IN 46624 Attn: Bonnie Bazata)
For Indianapolis: Julian Center Shelter
2011 N. Meridian St, Indianapolis IN 46202 ( Attn: Kiev Tolka)
For all Other Areas and for Circles in Scott County:
Scott County Partnership, Inc.
PO Box 214, Scottsburg, IN 47170 (Attn: Michelle Shelton)