UCAN National Service Programs
UCAN operates national service volunteer programs, including:
Our AmeriCorps Program Our AmeriCorps program engages people 17 years of age and older in immersive service each year to help at numerous locations in Douglas, Josephine, Coos, Curry and Jackson County. Members build the capacity of non-profit agencies, schools, public agencies, and community and faith-based groups. AmeriCorps members help groups expand services, strengthen partnerships and implement innovative programs. Members help communities tackle some of their most pressing problems, such as economic opportunity, food insecurity and education. In exchange for their service, AmeriCorps members earn an education award (equal to the maximum Pell grant) that helps pay for college or pays back federally-backed student loans. AmeriCorps is a pathway to economic opportunity that provides members with valuable skills specific to their service (teaching, coordinating volunteers, water quality monitoring, etc.) as well as general skills of leadership and problem-solving that all employers are looking for. AmeriCorps members gain new and useful skills, advance their education and become more connected to their communities. If you are interested in becoming a member or having members serve at your site, you can find additional information here.
AmeriCorps Seniors is the nation's largest volunteer program for older adults, annually engaging large numbers of Americans ages 55+ in community service that meets pressing local needs. UCAN's AmeriCorps Senior Program operates in both Josephine and Douglas County. Our Program helps local non-profits and public agencies expand their impact by engaging experienced and committed volunteers in service. Volunteers help communities address some of their most challenging issues. Volunteers choose how, where and how often they want to serve, with commitments ranging from a few hours to 40 hours per week. Volunteers do not receive monetary incentives, but sponsoring organizations may reimburse them for some costs incurred during service, such as meals and transportation.