Kentucky Commission on Community Volunteerism and Service (KCCVS)
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Leadership Awards
In honor of MLK Day, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission will recognize adult and youth leaders in the state who embody Dr. King’s life and work. This esteemed award will be presented in Frankfort on Thursday, January 12, 2017. The recipients will be recognized and presented with a plaque to memorialize this honored event.
For more information or to download a nomination form, visit the Governor’s Office of Minority Empowerment website.
Nomination Deadline: Thursday, December 22, 2016.
New Report: Service Unites Americans
Giving back to our community is something we can all agree on – and taking this action is a powerful way to bring together Americans from all walks of life to build stronger, more equitable communities.
Check out the results of Volunteering and Civic Life in America—a report that shows how Americans of all ages are working together to keep our nation strong.
- 62.6 million Americans volunteered 7.8 billion hours last year (that means one in four Americans volunteered through an organization in the last year)
- This service has an estimated economic value of $184 billion (based on Independent Sector’s estimate of the average value of a volunteer hour)
- 138 million Americans engaged in something we call “informal volunteering" such as watching each other’s children, house sitting, or helping seniors with shopping.
Civic engagement is the cornerstone of a strong nation. In the past 14 years, Americans have volunteered a total of 113 billion hours, estimated to be worth $2.3 trillion. Read the press release.
Overall, in Kentucky in 2015:
- 23.5 percent of residents volunteer, ranking Kentucky 36th among the 50 states and the District of Columbia
- 763,706 Kentuckians volunteered
- 20.7 volunteer hours per capita
- 84.34 million hours of service
- $1.7 billion of service contributed
- 45.8 percent of residents donate $25 or more to charity
Check out more Kentucky data
2016 Kentucky National Service Training and Swearing-in Ceremony
More than 400 AmeriCorps members and Senior Corps volunteers from across the state were sworn in by Corporation for National and Community Service CEO Wendy Spencer. Kentucky AmeriCorps members participated in three service projects, with the following results:
- 40,395 nutrient-enriched meals packed with Love the Hungry-Louisville, which were sent to Haiti to help with the aftermath of Hurricane Andrew;
- 600 blessing bags assembled for individuals experiencing homeless (bags included personal hygiene products such as soap, shampoo, toothbrush, etc.; socks; snacks and encouraging notes written by members);
- 1,800 encouraging notes written by members attached to stuffed animals as part of Kosair Charities Bears on Patrol program, which are provided to first responders to give to children during traumatic situations to bring them comfort.
Read the press release and check out photos on Facebook or search for #1of1million on Twitter.
9/11 Day of Service and Remembrance
On #911Day, Kentucky AmeriCorps, Senior Corps and AmeriCorps VISTA members participated in several different events and service projects around the state.
- 14,000+ meals were packaged for veterans in need
- 100+ first responders were visited and thanked for their service
- 300 appreciation kits were made for first responders
- 1,500+ thank you letters were written
- 142+ dozen baked goods distributed
- 6,675 national service members and community volunteers completed more than 7,750 hours of service.
Kentucky AmeriCorps Updates
2016-17 Kentucky AmeriCorps Programs
2017-18 Kentucky AmeriCorps Grant Request for Proposals
AmeriCorps Alums, the only nonprofit network for alumni from all AmeriCorps programs, believes national service is the leadership pipeline for the 21st century.
Learn more about Kentucky AmeriCorps Alums.
If you are interested in being a project sponsor for a NCCC team in Kentucky, please contact Stephanie Gittinger, (601) 630-4068. Learn more about AmeriCorps NCCC.
Senior Corps or AmeriCorps VISTA
If you are interested in learning more about Senior Corps and VISTA projects in Kentucky, contact the CNCS KY Office.
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