Minnesota AmeriCorps Helps Organizations Affected by COVID-19
You might be most familiar with Minnesota AmeriCorps through the math and reading tutoring programs that they operate out of local schools. This spring they are launching the Emergency Response Initiative to help organizations and nonprofits affected by COVID-19.
“The crisis isn’t over yet. People are tired and are just feeling like they need extra help,” said Lindsay Dolce, chief advancement officer for Minnesota AmeriCorps. “We just think that there’s a great opportunity for folks to connect to their community in a unique way and to give back in a time when community organizations need it more than ever before.”
Minnesota AmeriCorps first launched the Emergency Response Initiative (ERI) last spring to help communities affected by the pandemic. This year, they will be doubling its efforts. More than 700 people are needed to serve in sites all across the state.
Organizations can also apply for assistance. Dolce says that sites are pending in Brooklyn Center, Brooklyn Park, Crystal, Plymouth and New Hope. Organizations that need assistance can apply by March 26.
People who serve as members receive a stipend, educational credits and other benefits. They also get to serve in the communities where they live.
“It’s an opportunity that a lot of people find rewarding,” explained Dolce. “Even if it feels like a strange time, it feels really impactful when these organizations need it most.”
For more information, or to apply, please go to www.serveminnesota.org/emergency-response.