Poverty Busters AmeriCorps

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.


Mandatory Training Dates & Special Events     2019-2020

September 6th/7th/17th/18th  AmeriCorps Orientation for all member’s (All Members)

                                      Job Readiness & Disaster Preparedness

September 11th      National Day of Service and Remembrance (All Members)

October 14th        9:00 – 3:00 Leadership/Professional development

October TBD        National Swearing in Conference Indianapolis, IN.

November 11th       9:00 – 3:00 Ethic of Service/Civic Responsibility

December 9th         9:00 – 3:00 Volunteer Recruitment/Coordination

January 13th           9:00 – 3:00 Reflection/Service Learning

January 20th          MLK Day (All Members) 9:00 – 4:00

February 10th        9:00 – 3:00 Safety Training

March 9th              9:00 – 3:00 AmeriCorps Week Training

March 8th – 14th    AmeriCorps Week (All Members)

April 7th      Mayor’s Day of Recognition

April 13th              9:00 – 3:00 Sustainability

May 11th               9:00 – 3:00 Member employability skill assessment

June 8th                 9:00 – 3:00 Public Speaking

June TBD     Scott County Fair

July 13th              TBD

August 7th        11:00 -4:00 Site Supervisor Training & Closing Celebration (All SS)

August 7th            5:00 – 8:00 Life After AmeriCorps & Closing Celebration


AmeriCorps Contact Information

Host Sites and Supervisors

Scott County Executive Director

Jene Bridgewater
P.O. Box 214
Scottsburg, IN 47170
812-752-6365
jene.bridgewater@scottcountypartnership.org

AmeriCorps Program Director

PO Box 214
Scottsburg, IN 47170
812-752-6365

AmeriCorps Program Director

Michelle Shelton
michelle.shelton@scottcountypartnership.org

Austin Learning Center

P.O. Box 9
Austin, IN 47102
812-794-8748

Supervisor: Kelsey Hall

kelsey.hall@scsd1.com

Conquer the CHAOS– Scottsburg

P.O. Box 214
Scottsburg, IN 47170
812-752-6438 (or) 812-752-5892

Supervisors: Beth Barnett

beth.campbell@scottcountypartnership.org

Thriving Connections – Bloomington

South Central Community Action
1500 W. 15th Street
Bloomington, IN 47401
812-339-3447 #520

Supervisor:  Linda Patton

lindap@insccap.org

Forward Steps – Muncie

P.O. Box 468
Muncie, IN 47308
765-287-8698 #108

Supervisor:  Dorica Watson

dorica@teamworkql.org

Bricks Alliance of Marion County

Circles of Indianapolis
418 E. 34th St.
Indianapolis, IN 46205
317-714-6846

Supervisor:  Jill Chappell

jchappell@bricksalliance.org

Scott County Community Clearinghouse

1057 Community Way
Scottsburg, IN 47170
812-752-0123

Supervisor: Beth Barnett

beth.campbell@scottcountypartnership.org

The Julian Center

2011 N Meridian St
Indianapolis, IN 46202
317-941-2200

Supervisor: Stacy Schilling

sschilling@juliancenter.org

Scottsburg  Middle School

425 S 3rd St
Scottsburg, IN 47170- 1259
812-752-8926

Supervisor: Ms. Nass

knass@scsd2.k12.in.us

Scottsburg High School

500 S Gardner St.
Scottsburg, IN 47170- 1259
812-752-8927

Supervisor: Ms. Burow

tburow@scsd2.k12.in.us

Grant County Circle Program

101 S. Washington St.
Marion, IN 46952
765-254-8242

Supervisor: Emily Hathway

emhathway@gmail.com

Bridges Alliance of Johnson County

1300 E Adams Drive5
Franklin, IN 46131
317-358-9648

Supervisor: Leslie Daugherty

Ldaugherty4@gmail.com


Scott County AmeriCorps

21st Century Community Learning Center, Scott County School District 1: Michelle Watts is this program’s coordinator and Kelsey Hall is the site supervisor. The Austin Learning Center is located in the old Austin Middle School along with Partnership’s Family/Education Resource Center. This program provides academic enrichment opportunities and homework assistance after school, and in the summer months for pre-school children, elementary, middle, and high school students.

Conquer the CHAOS, Circles, Thriving Connection, Forward Steps, Bricks Alliance, Bridges Alliance of Johnson County & Propel Indy: All of these programs are a type of relationship-based empowerment initiative that addresses poverty, helping adults move from poverty toward self-sufficiency. AmeriCorps members assisting these programs facilitate, or help facilitate, financial literacy educational opportunities for those participating in the empowerment initiatives as “leaders” or “captains.”

In this model, under-resourced individuals are surrounded by 2 or 3 adults from stable financial situations who support, encourage, and befriend individuals from poverty trying to move toward self-sufficiency. As the relationships develop and strengthen between the under-resourced adults and the resourced-adults, the under-resourced individuals improve access to resources, learn positive financial management skills, increase their social capital, and develop plans (SMART goals) to move toward self-sufficiency.   

Scott County Community Clearinghouse:  Beth Barnett is the Director of the Community Clearinghouse and is also the AmeriCorps Supervisor for this site. The Clearinghouse is located across the street from the Life Long Learning Center and is an entity of the Scott County Partnership.

The Clearinghouse exists as both a system and a building, helping those less fortunate in the Scott County community. The system consists of churches, volunteer ministries, other agencies and the Township Trustee working together to create a common system that communicates needs and availability of resources within the community. This also makes it easier for families in crisis to have their needs met without having to make multiple phone calls and visits. A crisis assistance worker coordinates the services among a variety of community groups. Families in chronic need are referred to caseworkers who assist them with overcoming barriers in their lives in order to improve self-sufficiency. 

The Community Clearinghouse is also a building used as a warehouse for food storage and distribution including refrigeration and freezer units.  Waiting and office space is available for volunteers and staff, and to assist families with food, clothing, housing and other crisis needs.

Scottsburg Middle School Reading Club Program: Kristin Nass, Principal of SMS is the program director for this program.  This is a program that works to get all kids up-to-date on homework assignments.  The AC member will assist students with homework and will seek them out to work on homework when necessary.

Scottsburg High School Credit Recovery program: Teresa Burow is the Lead Teacher for the Credit Recovery program. AmeriCorps assists by providing one-on-one help to students working on credit recovery. The AC member also assists by tracking down students to recruit them to work on their credit recovery program.

Chelsea Mills, AmeriCorps Coordinator, can be contacted at  Chelsea.mills@scottcountypartnership.org

“This program is available to all without regard to race, color, national origin, disability, age, sex, political affiliation, or, in most instances, religion.”