Email received from Americorps Connects program:
UW Oshkosh CCDET (Center for Career Development and Employability Training) operated the AmeriCorps Connects program from 2004-2011. This program was created as a tutoring program, but in recent years, has received fewer requests for AmeriCorps members to tutor and more requests for members to perform general capacity building activities such as volunteer management, school activities, and marketing at nonprofit agencies throughout Northeast Wisconsin. In order to better serve area agencies, a new program with a focus on nonprofit capacity building was created to replace AmeriCorps Connects. The new program, SERVES (Supporting Efforts, Recruiting Volunteers and Enhancing Services), would expand efforts to include sites that did not fit within previous program goals.
Due to national cuts to AmeriCorps funding, UW Oshkosh’s new AmeriCorps program, SERVES, was not funded for the 2011-2012 program year. However, UW Oshkosh CCDET recently submitted 2 proposals requesting funds for two new AmeriCorps programs at UW Oshkosh for the 2012-2013 year. CCDET will receive notification of funding in May or June of 2012.
20 veterans and military family members will serve as AmeriCorps members to leverage an additional 100 veteran and military family volunteers in nonprofit community organizations in the Fox Valley Region of Northeast Wisconsin. The program will provide meaningful service opportunities to support veterans in their transitions from military to civilian life. The CNCS investment of $68,714 will be matched with $37,883 from local sources.
58 AmeriCorps members will leverage 700 volunteers as part of capacity building efforts in nonprofit community organizations in Northeast Wisconsin. As a result of members’ efforts, organizations will be able to more effectively serve their clients. SERVES will improve the lives of disadvantaged community residents as a result of supporting nonprofits’ missions. The CNCS investment of $274,028 will be matched with $94,175 from local sources.