Learn how you can serve your community as a DeltaCorps member

November 23, 2016

 

I am pleased to publically unveil our exciting new video showcasing what DeltaCorps is about, and why we are recruiting organizations and members to serve in their Mississippi River Delta communities.

Serving the Delta region has been my job and my passion for many years now, and DeltaCorps is something that I am excited DRA can be a part of. The mission of DeltaCorps is to engage residents in service to improve economic opportunity by helping to create jobs, build communities, and improve the lives of the 10 million people who reside in the eight-state Delta region. We know there are committed people and organizations on the ground working to serve the people of our region, which is why DeltaCorps members will serve with nonprofit organizations that have already distinguished themselves as powerful catalysts for change. DeltaCorps members will serve to develop economic opportunity through workforce development, health and wellness, emergency preparedness, environmental stewardship, education, and engagement of veterans and military families.

I firmly believe that this program has the chance to change lives and engage all people through not only serving their country and their community, but by building relationships and empowering them with the resources to succeed in their own development. DeltaCorps will be an impactful investment in Delta communities and their ability to add capacity to become more competitive for both community and economic development.


Sincerely,

Chris Masingill
 


Watch our new video to learn more about what DeltaCorps can do to help your community.

DeltaCorps, a program of AmeriCorps and the Delta Regional Authority, helps address the economic and social needs of local communities in the eight states of the Mississippi River Delta region.

DeltaCorps launched its program with five service partners and 40 DeltaCorps members chosen from our initial round of applicants. The newly selected service partners from the second round of applications are listed below, bringing the total to 10 service partners and 52 DeltaCorps members. The third and final application round will open December 1st and run through the end of the year.

If you are interested in finding out how your organization can become a DeltaCorps service partner, attend one of our informative webinars and learn how to apply at dra.gov/deltacorps.


Inaugural DeltaCorps Service Partners:

  • The College Initiative (Tennessee and Arkansas)
    Five DeltaCorps members will provide low-income high school students in Tennessee and Arkansas with financial literacy services to ensure future college success and fiscal independence.
     
  • Hispanic Community Services, Inc. (Arkansas)
    Two DeltaCorps members will serve the Hispanic populations of Jonesboro and Pocahontas by providing translation services for healthcare access, employment opportunities, college preparation, and scholarship applications.
     
  • Pfeifer Kiwanis Camp (Arkansas)
    Three DeltaCorps members will lead economically disadvantaged, at-risk students in environmental stewardship activities.
     
  • Project Homecoming (Louisiana)
    Five DeltaCorps members will assist homeowners displaced by poverty or natural disasters in Orleans Parish through workforce development in the field of residential construction.
     
  • SBP (formerly known as St. Bernard Project) (Louisiana)
    25 DeltaCorps members will assist flood-impacted residents throughout the Baton Rouge Metropolitan Area and long-term recovery operations in New Orleans. DeltaCorps members manage 2,000 volunteers and transition nearly 300 displaced residents into safe, sanitary housing by the end of the year.


Second Wave of DeltaCorps Service Partners:

  • Artesian School (Memphis, TN)
    Two DeltaCorps members will mentor 8th grade through high school students with the goal of increasing student attendance and homework completion rates in the Frayser-Raleigh community of Memphis, Tennessee.
     
  • Bastion Community of Resilience (New Orleans, LA)
    One DeltaCorps member will facilitate active neighboring within the intentionally designed neighborhood for post-9/11 veterans and military families to produce healthy outcomes by connecting veterans to needed supports and services, hosting workshops, and leading classes.
     
  • Preservation Alliance of New Orleans/Rebuilding Together (New Orleans, LA)
    Four DeltaCorps members will complete service activities to help low income homeowners, the elderly, the disabled, military veterans, and single head of households live safely and securely in their homes.  
     
  • Second Harvest (New Orleans, LA)
    Three DeltaCorps service members will enhance existing programming by targeting the root causes of hunger – income, education, and access to healthy foods -- in Orleans, Jefferson, St. Bernard, and Plaquemines Parishes. Second Harvest serves 23 total parishes in South Louisiana.
     
  • Southeast and West Central AHEC (Alabama)
    Two DeltaCorps members will support a career exploration education program that targets economically and educationally disadvantaged students in grades 9- 12 in Choctaw, Dallas, Sumter, and Wilcox counties. Members will prepare students for success in college and educate them about the various high-demand health careers available in their communities.


ABOUT DELTACORPS
DeltaCorps, a program of AmeriCorps and the Delta Regional Authority, deploys AmeriCorps members to organizations in the Mississippi River Delta region to help them improve economic opportunity in their communities. DeltaCorps members will serve with nonprofit organizations that have distinguished themselves as powerful catalysts for change in the Delta region. The program will utilize a diverse portfolio of models that develop stronger local economies through workforce training, health and wellness, emergency preparedness, and additional focus areas.

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Media Contact: John Collins
​press@dra.gov

DeltaCorps Contact: Angela Pinckard-Hale
apinckard-hale@dra.gov