Sometimes called the “Domestic Peace Corps”, AmeriCorps is a national service program governed by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) and administered in Indiana by Serve Indiana. AmeriCorps is a national network of service programs connecting Americans with intensive service opportunities which take a variety of approaches in order to improve lives and foster civic engagement. Since 1994, AmeriCorps state members have provided necessary assistance to millions of Americans across the country.
Indiana United Ways’ innovative program, United Against Opioid Abuse, pairs AmeriCorps members with local United Ways across Indiana to directly serve their communities by engaging with neighbors and gathering research to determine and address unmet community needs surrounding the opioid crisis. The United Against Opioid Abuse AmeriCorps program utilizes AmeriCorps members to assist United Ways and other community organizations in:
- Conducting a landscape scan to determine how their community is experiencing and responding to the opioid epidemic;
- Developing an asset map to help leaders systematically review the available community resources;
- Engaging the community as part of the solution.
Many of the dedicated AmeriCorps members spend their days gathering research on the opioid issue and mapping assets in their community, attending local coalition and stakeholder meetings, and planning and conducting community conversations about opioid abuse in Indiana.Covid-19 Special Note:
In this unique time of national crisis, AmeriCorps members are more dedicated than ever to serving their communities in the areas of greatest need.