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AmeriCorps is your moment to take the path less traveled, to break the status quo, to stop talking about the problem and be the solution. Join AmeriCorps and you can mentor and tutor kids, respond to a community in need, help families and children with essential needs and build connection with partners in a community. With AmeriCorps there are many ways to get involved in help.



Rosedale Development Association


International Rescue Committee

United Way of Douglas County

Program Focus: Health Futures

Rosedale Development Association utilizes AmeriCorps members to provide community gardening, nutrition classes, youth sports, financial literacy programs and home improvement to the Rosedale neighborhood of Kansas City, KS. These members will serve by increasing access to healthy food and expanded opportunities that will help to reduce childhood obesity. Corps members will also serve by strengthening the community employment readiness skills and enabling seniors to safely remain in their homes.

Rosedale Development Association

Program Contact:

Erin Stryka


Program Focus: Economic Opportunity

The International Rescue Committee Inc's Kansas Office for Refugees utilizes AmeriCorps members to provide job skills training, assist with job placement, and provide financial education to refugee communities across Kansas, including Kansas City, Wichita, Garden City, and Dodge City.  AmeriCorps members will serve by improving job readiness of individuals by assisting them to secure and retain employment, and increasing financial knowledge.

AmeriCorps Members: 7

The International Rescue Committee Inc's Kansas Office for Refugees

Program Contact:

Laura Paschal




Program Focus: Capacity Building

The United Way of Douglas County (UWDC) engages AmeriCorps members in building the capacity of services and targeted programming that address disparities in health, education, income, housing, and food access in nine (9) health and human service nonprofits in Douglas County, KS. AmeriCorps members will serve by increasing the capacity and effectiveness of the partner organizations that they serve and forming new programmatic partnerships. The AmeriCorps members will also assist with leveraging an additional 375 volunteers to provide 22,500 hours in direct client assistance and in developing and strengthening partnerships to increase organizational capacity.

United Way of Douglas County

Program Contact:

Kjrsten “KJ” Abel Ruch

1-785-843-6626 ext 1005

Harvesters Community Food Network Wichita State University: Community Engagement Institute Derby Public Schools

Program Focus: Capacity Building

Harvesters, The Community Food Network engages AmeriCorps members to build the capacity of Harvesters network by engaging volunteers and supporting Harvesters agencies throughout 16 counties in northeast Kansas. Members will serve at Harvesters- Kansas Distribution Center in Topeka and the Just Food Pantry in Lawrence. AmeriCorps members serve by demonstrating an increase in the capacity of Harvester’s network. AmeriCorps members will also serve by supporting an additional 50 volunteers who will be engaged in long-term volunteer projects in these communities.  


Program Contact:

Amy Pinger


Program Focus: Capacity Building

The Wichita State University Community Engagement Institute (CEI) will engage AmeriCorps members to serve students in Sedgwick County and the Wichita Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA). Through their efforts AmeriCorps members will serve by increasing the capacity of organizations by increasing the academic success and workforce development opportunities for students served.

WSU Community Engagement Institute

Program Contact:

Angela Gaughan



Program Focus: Education

USD 260 utilizes AmeriCorps members to tutor students in math, reading and kindergarten readiness in the Derby Public Schools. Members serve their community by increasing student academic achievement and expanding the availability of early childhood education opportunities. In addition, the AmeriCorps members will provide support to 32 volunteers who will be engaged in tutoring students and service learning in the community.

Derby Public Schools

Program Contact:

Abby McCarthy




Kansas Wildlife and Parks Boys and Girls Club of Lawrence Lead for Kansas: Start Where You Live

Program Focus: Environmental Stewardship

The Kansas Department of Wildlife Parks and Tourism (KDWPT) engage AmeriCorps members who will build the capacity of Kansas State Parks and other public managed lands through environmental education programming, advancements to public land and its infrastructure, and improvements to the health of Kansas’ natural resources through treatment of public lands and trails in Kansas. Through service AmeriCorps members will build the capacity of 12 sites with 10 of those sites increasing the effectiveness and efficiency across the state of Kansas.

Kansas Department of Wildlife Parks and Tourism

Program Contact:

Cherie Riffey


Program Focus: Education

The Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence utilize AmeriCorps Members who will work directly with disadvantaged youth to provide academic and social/emotional interventions at locations across the state of Kansas. During this year AmeriCorps members serve by assisting 1,500 youth meet individual achievement goals in math, reading, and/or social/emotional development.

Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence

Program Contact:

Hannah Coash


Program Focus: Capcity Building 

AmeriCorps members who will build organizational capacity, increase meaningful community engagement, and establish recruitment infrastructure for young leaders and civic entrepreneurs in rural, underserved, and geographically diverse communities across Kansas. At the end of the first program year, the AmeriCorps members will be responsible for having provided the stakeholder, best practices, and community engagement analyses needed for under-resourced local government and public institutions to advance key community development initiatives

Lead for Kansas

Program Contact: 

Joseph Shepard