AmeriCorps is a network of national service programs that engage members and community volunteers in intensive service to meet critical needs in education, public health, and the environment. Programs rely on a multigenerational corps of AmeriCorps Members who receive a living allowance and commit to one year of service in exchange for an education award and health insurance benefits.
AmeriCorps is part of the Corporation for National and Community Service, which also oversees Senior Corps and Learn and Serve America. Since 1996, the Department of Elder Affairs has partnered with Volunteer Florida and local community-based organizations to administer AmeriCorps programs that provide respite, home modification and repair, chore services and community outreach to elders, caregivers, and families.
The ElderServe Program is a collaboration between the Department of Elder Affairs, AmeriCorps members, and community volunteers to provide respite services to caregivers of elders at risk of institutionalization.
The Legacy Corps Program is a national project of the University of Maryland Center on Aging granted by the Corporation for National and Community Service. As one of eight sites for this national project, the Department of Elder Affairs partners with Easter Seals of Miami-Dade, Inc. to provide respite services to underserved caregivers of elders at risk of institutionalization through a group of 34 AmeriCorps Members and community volunteers.
For more information on AmeriCorps, USA Freedom Corps, and Volunteer Florida, contact the Florida Department of Elder Affairs AmeriCorps Program Director at 850-414-2062.