On the Friendship Centers' website is a whole section dedicated to AmeriCorps. They provide some amazing support to the senior community, but there are too many of you who don't know enough about them. So, I asked Cindy Underwood, Program Director, to give everybody a snapshot view of AmeriCorps.
This is all about giving back to the community. Over and over again AmeriCorps has helped enhanced the lives of so many people. In fact, "The Seven Habits of Daily Economic Security" with Larry Lewis was thanks to AmeriCorps. Larry is part of the AmeriCorps team based here in Sarasota.
“To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.”
Well, AmeriCorps, since 1994 has put in over a billion hours in helping thousands of people "breath a little easier!"
AmeriCorps engages more than 80,000 Americans in intensive service each year at nonprofits, schools, public agencies, and community and faith-based groups across the country. Since the program’s founding in 1994, more than 800,000 AmeriCorps members have contributed more than 1 billion hours in service across America while tackling pressing problems and mobilizing millions of volunteers for the organizations they serve.
AmeriCorps programs do more than move communities forward; they serve their members by creating jobs and providing pathways to opportunity for young people entering the workforce. AmeriCorps places thousands of young adults into intensive service positions where they learn valuable work skills, earn money for education, and develop an appreciation for citizenship. Our motto is “Getting things done!”
The southwest Florida Senior Friendship Centers team is called AmeriCorps Serving Suncoast Seniors. The AmeriCorps Serving Suncoast Seniors is the only AmeriCorps program serving seniors in Florida. We serve older adults through Senior Friendship Centers in Sarasota, Desoto, Charlotte, and Lee County.
Our mission is to facilitate activities, economic security, enrichment, education, and nutritional programs for seniors and to recruit volunteers for service projects. Last year, our AmeriCorps members served over 13,000 seniors and we recruited almost 300 volunteers to make a difference in the community!
About Cindy Underwood
Cindy Underwood is the AmeriCorps Program Director at the Friendship Centers’ Sarasota Campus. Her mission is to make community impact and improve the lives of others.