The Green River Area Development District (GRADD) is seeking 16 new AmeriCorps members to serve in Daviess, Hancock, Henderson, and Webster counties, beginning September 1, 2012. 

GRADD has been awarded a $390,000 grant from the Corporation for National & Community Service (CNCS) to fund 30 full-time AmeriCorps Senior Connections program members. (Fourteen current members will be returning to serve a second year with the program.) 

Members will be placed with local agencies, where they will provide direct services and counseling to seniors to improve their quality of life and enable them to remain independent. Existing service sites include: senior centers, assisted living facilities, career centers, and agencies such as Hospice and Red Cross. 

AmeriCorps Senior Connections program members participate in a minimum of 1,700 hours of community service over the year, similar to full-time employment. Benefits include a living allowance of $12,100, free health insurance, and an education award of $5,550 upon completion. 

Individuals age 55 and older are encouraged to apply. A person of any age, with a high school diploma and clean criminal record, is eligible for the program. 

Those interested in applying for AmeriCorps are encouraged to attend one of the following informational meetings: 

·         Tuesday, July 24th at 1:00 p.m.

GRADD Office (300 GRADD Way, Owensboro) 

·         Wednesday, July 25th at 1:00 p.m.

The Gathering Place (1817 North Elm Street, Henderson) 

Applications will be available at each meeting or may be obtained by calling David Clark, GRADD AmeriCorps program coordinator, at (270) 926-4433.

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