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AmeriCorps of Bartholomew County

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Bartholomew County Volunteer AmeriCorps 2014/17

We are very excited be preparing to enter into our third and final year of our current grant cycle awarded to us by Serve Indiana, through the Indiana Commission on Community Service and Volunteerism. Our program will consist of 20 part time members who will be trained as Volunteer Resource Managers and will also be able to provide direct services that align with our program’s performance measures and United Way’s focus areas of Health, Education and Financial Stability.

 

The Benefits:

·         Real-life education and service wrapped into one

·         Learn teamwork, communication, responsibility and other essential skills

·         Gain personal satisfaction by accepting a challenge an seeing results

 

If that isn’t enough, the Bartholomew County AmeriCorps program offers:

·         Bi-weekly living allowance

·         Student loan deferment

·         An education award

 

To apply for the 2016/17 program year visit www.americorps.gov or contact one of our AmeriCorps Program Directors:

Alyssa Marti - amarti@uwbarthco.org

Anne Henderson - ahenderson@uwbarthco.org

 

2015-16 AmeriCorps Members

 

Click here to view photos from the Mayors Day of Recognition for National Service.

Brian Cain - Foundation For Youth/Columbus Youth Camp

Brandon Million - Turning Point Domestic Violence Services

Dick Boyce - Columbus Parks and Recreation

Jonathan Hamilton - Foundation For Youth

Joy King - United Way of Bartholomew County

Juliana Bernabe - Foundation For Youth

Rebecca Gatchel - Developmental Services, Inc.

Dexter Fravel – Life Designs

Gayatri Kondapi – United Way Volunteer Action Center

Amy Mock - The Arc of Bartholomew County

Lara Hodson – Heritage Fund

Shama Padalkar - Heritage Fund

Adam Simmons - Developmental Services, Inc.

Janet Oviatt - Just Friends Adult Day Services

Deidre Parker - 2-1-1 of South Central Indiana

Kristiane Foga – Humane Society

Jill Tasker – Columbus Indiana Philharmonic

Barbara Cummings - Developmental Services, Inc.

 

 

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

 

A Story from One of Our AmeriCorps Members

As a first time volunteer resource manager, I am amazed by how volunteering can improve lives. The usual premise is that a volunteer helps someone. Whether it is a teen or adult with a youngster that needs help with homework in the Boys & Girls Club, or if it is a coach helping young girls, 8 to 11 years old, become self confident through running. You never think that the act of volunteering can help the volunteer, but it can.

An agency that provides services for adults and children with mental, physical, and emotional disabilities, contacted me about our volunteer opportunity that involved data entry. He said he had a young man that would like to do Admin work, but needs some volunteer Admin experience before he can go out and apply for actual Admin work. He said the young man has been diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome, which is a form autism. It is characterized by significant difficulties in social interaction and nonverbal communication, along with restricted and repetitive patterns of behavior and interests. So I met with the case worker and the young man to determine if data entry into an excel spreadsheet would be the right fit for him, and if FFY could accommodate his special needs.

So I had him input a handful of simple formatted forms into an uncomplicated spreadsheet. He asked a lot of questions, but once he had the answer, he could carry on. So I then asked the person that requested a volunteer for this project if she could handle a special needs volunteer, and she said absolutely yes. She had an autistic youth in the family. She was very familiar of how information should be presented and explained. She understood he would need consistency, predictability, calm, and an organized work space.

He has been a consistent volunteer doing data entry and filing the past three months. His comfort in volunteering with his FFY supervisor has enabled him to step out of his comfort zone. He taught himself how to take public transportation, the bus, in order to get to FFY on time to volunteer on the days he committed to volunteer. That was a huge step for him. That meant change. Change is very hard for a person with Asperger’s Syndrome because they need consistency and predictability.
So far taking the bus has been very successful for him. He is starting to be self sufficient, and learning how to role with the changes. It is quite inspiring to see this young man make strides in his development and growth. The act of volunteering helped this volunteer.

Written by:

Juliana Bernabe

AmeriCorps member serving at Foundation For Youth

 

 

 

Read AmeriCorps Bartholomew County's Grievance Procedures Here