AmeriCorps Texas Responds: Advise TX College Advising Corps keeps students on track during pandemic
22 APR 2020

“We are constantly reassuring students that everything is going to be okay, but also being super honest that we don't know where things are going. It’s best to keep them task-oriented.” Calep Smith AmeriCorps adviser at Madison High School Advise TX College Advising Corps at The University of Texas at Austin When school closures were announced last month in response to COVID-19, the Advise TX College Advising Corps at The University of Texas at Austin sprang into action to ensure they could continue providing support to high school students...

AmeriCorps Texas Responds: Legacy Healthcare Corps serves at the forefront of Houston’s pandemic response
22 APR 2020

“It is not just one family who is experiencing this—there are more stories like that here. Now that a lot of people are losing their jobs, the uncertainty is growing. I hope that all of us AmeriCorps members become a beam of light in these trying and desperate times.” Sara Shams AmeriCorps Community Health Advocate Legacy Community Health When COVID-19 emerged in the Houston and Beaumont area, Legacy Community Health was at the forefront of the local public health response and was one of the first organizations in the city to provide widely availabl...

AmeriCorps Texas Responds: United Way of El Paso County’s Parents as Teachers program offers support to the whole family
15 APR 2020

“I personally never thought I was considered an essential employee until this all unfolded, and I was told my service was needed now more than ever.” Sarah Flores Parents as Teachers AmeriCorps member United Way of El Paso County Parenting can be a challenge even in the best of times. To support struggling families, United Way of El Paso County (UWEPC) offers Parents as Teachers, a home visitation program that fosters positive interactions between parents and their young children, with an ultimate goal of promoting kindergarten readiness and long-term edu...

Alternative Service & Training Activities for AmeriCorps Texas Members
17 MAR 2020

In response to the coronavirus, OneStar has compiled a living list of brainstormed alternative service and training activity ideas for AmeriCorps Texas members who have experienced disruptions in their normal service activities due to service site closures. The following list is intended to serve as an idea generator of allowable service and training activities to enable members to continue to accrue hours and provide service. We plan to continue to add ideas to this repository in the coming days and weeks. AmeriCorps members should check with their supervisors or p...

Coronavirus: Guidance & Resources for AmeriCorps Texas Programs
09 MAR 2020

Last updated May 21, 2020 OneStar is closely monitoring the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and the potential risk factors and implications on AmeriCorps Texas programming. To support our grantees, we have compiled the following guidance and resources, which also contains useful reference material for all Texas nonprofits. We recommend that AmeriCorps Texas programs take the following steps to prepare and protect their members and the communities they serve. Guidance for AmeriCorps Texas Programs Review COVID-19 FAQs issued by C...