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Public Invited to Suggest Community Service Needs at Regional Forums; Input will help state complete AmeriCorps plans

Press Release Date:  Monday, July 27, 2009  
Contact Information:  Media Contact: Anya Armes Weber, (502) 564-6180, ext. 4014; or Vikki Franklin, (502) 564-7042  


FRANKFORT, Ky. (July 27, 2009) – The state is asking for feedback from the public on projects relating to its service programs.

The Kentucky Commission on Community Volunteerism and Service (KCCVS) is seeking statewide input this summer for its State Service Plan and for 2010-11 AmeriCorps grants.

Six regional forums are planned for the public to attend.

A federal mandate requires that KCCVS, part of the Cabinet for Health and Family Services, ask for input on community needs to include in its three-year State Service Plan.

AmeriCorps is a network of national service programs that engages more than 50,000 Americans each year in intensive service to meet critical needs in education, public safety, health and the environment. In Kentucky, AmeriCorps is administered by KCCVS.

KCCVS Executive Director Eileen Cackowski said the regional forums give KCCVS the necessary public contributions to compile the plan.

“We need participation from so many groups -- nonprofit organizations, faith-based organizations, schools, local governments and other state agencies -- to gauge citizens’ needs and complete these state plans,” she said.

Since AmeriCorps’ launch in 1994, more than 4,000 Kentuckians have taken the AmeriCorps pledge to “get things done for America” and have served almost 6.5 million hours in their communities.

Participants in the State Service Plan meetings may also be eligible applicants for AmeriCorps grants, so they will also learn about grant opportunities and the application process for 2010-11 grants at the forums.

The forums are scheduled throughout Kentucky at the following locations. Sessions are 10 a.m.-2 p.m. EST unless noted.

Lexington: Tuesday, Aug. 18; Northside Branch Library, 1733 Russell Cave Road
Somerset: Wednesday, Aug. 19; Pulaski County Public Library; 304 S. Main St.
Louisville: Thursday, Aug. 20; American Red Cross; 510 E. Chestnut St.
Erlanger: Monday, Aug. 24; Kenton County Public Library, 401 Kenton Lands Road
Ashland: Wednesday, Aug. 26; Kentucky Education Development Cooperative, 904 W. Rose Road
Murray:  2 p.m. CDT; Tuesday, Sept. 1, Murray State University, Barkley Room of the Curris Center.

Registration is required. For more information or to register, please contact Melissa Newton by e-mail at melissac.newton@ky.gov  or by phone at (800) 239-7404.

Learn more about AmeriCorps and KCCVS at www.volunteerKY.ky.gov.

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Last Updated 7/27/2009