Parasol AmeriCorps Program
The Parasol Tahoe Community Foundation AmeriCorps Program, now in its 15th year, has become essential in helping agencies enhance services and meet the needs of our rural community. AmeriCorps members come to Lake Tahoe from all parts of the country, bringing with them their knowledge, talents and passion for building a better world. They dedicate a year of their lives to increasing local non-profit capacity by improving existing programs and creating new ones, developing relationships through effective outreach and recruiting new community volunteers. The positive results of this program not only benefit our community, but also the AmeriCorps members themselves. The AmeriCorps Program has proven to have a positive impact on member’s education, employment opportunities, life skills and civic engagement. A high percentage of Parasol’s AmeriCorps members remain in Tahoe after their service, adding their enthusiasm and intelligence to our vibrant community.
Parasol Host Sites
AmeriCorps members serve in a variety of capacities with a focus on education, public safety, health, and the environment.
AmeriCorps members are currently at work in our community….
- Mentoring children in after-school programs to promote grade-level literacy and homework completion
- Creating programs for Teens to encourage greater volunteerism and participation in our community, as well as, encouraging teens to focus on careers and entry into college
- Providing environmental education for residents on Leave No Trace, Bear Awareness, Tahoe ecology, conservation, and recycling
- Providing support groups to child victims and witnesses of domestic assault, and peer counseling to Safe House Residents
- Leading outreach efforts to increase awareness for domestic violence
- Developing exercise and nutrition programs for school children to combat childhood obesity
- Creating programs to engage children in the outdoors with Youth Backcountry Camps and Camp Explore
- Facilitating Senior Programs to make sure our seniors stay healthy, happy, and active in our community.
- Providing early childhood programs and parental education classes to give kids a head start
- And more!
Here are just a few of the many accomplishments of last year’s AmeriCorps Team:
- Recruited and managed 1583 community volunteers who served 27436 hours
- Hosted over 247 environmental education presentations for over 19961 residents
- Cleaned over improved 11 miles of trail, and engaged 688 adults and 499 youth in outdoor education
- Provided disaster and CPR/First Aid training to 246 individuals, and trained 350 children on “Masters of Disaster”
- Collected 92 tons of materials for recycling and competed 27 Lake Tahoe water quality tests
- Coordinated the Lake Tahoe Bird Festival with over 750 residents attending
- Engaged 24 teens in youth leadership programs where they served 1274 volunteer hours
- 71 kids from low income families attended Camp Explore which was planned and implemented by AmeriCorps
- Collected and distributed 84140 pounds of food to 5,390 unduplicated individuals, including 198 homebound residents
- 65 homebound seniors participated in transportation programs, and 8302 duplicated seniors participated in programs to increase health and wellness
- 28 teens were involved in empowerment and prevention programs, completing 10 violence prevention awareness presentation in their schools
- Facilitated support groups for 82 child victims and witnesses of domestic assault, and provided case management to 145 families
- Presented over 60 healthy nutrition programs, reaching 478 students
- Presented on domestic violence for 4330 community residents
- Recruited 9 new ESL families to infant and toddler programing, and provided 79 hours of parenting classes
- Engaged students in science education, reaching 4829 student interactions and providing 8 new community collaborations.
- AmeriCorps members themselves served 29384 volunteer hours
Parasol AmeriCorps Host Sites for 2014-2015 Grant Year
- Girls on the Run- Sierras
- Incline Elementary School
- IVGID Youth, Teen, and Family
- IVIGD Waste Not
- Project MANA
- SOS Outreach
- Tahoe Environmental Research Center
- Tahoe Institute for Natural Science
- Tahoe’s Connection For Families