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NC VetsCorps

Overview: 

NC VetsCorps serves military families and veterans. NC VetsCorps places AmeriCorps members with community-based organizations to demonstrate new strategies for connecting economically vulnerable veterans and military families with legal, food, medical, utility, education, employment, and housing resources.

MDC created NC VetsCorps to help organizations already participating in MDC’s The Benefit Bank of North Carolina initiative support veterans and military families. MDC secured federal grants and matching grants, and deployed AmeriCorps members to build the capacities of front-line, community-based organizations to serve veterans and military families

Supported by a grant from the North Carolina Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service in the Office of Governor Pat McCrory and matching funds from corporations and foundations, MDC manages the service of AmeriCorps members at community-based organizations that provide critical resources and services to veterans and military families. In order to effectively reach the most clients, AmeriCorps members have been placed in regions with large populations of veterans and military families.

NC VetsCorps Expands in 2015-2016Members of NC VetsCorps support their communities by working with local organizations that need help expanding or supporting their programs for the military community. Members focus specifically on homelessness and housing, economic opportunity, and legal services.

The NC VetsCorps service model recognizes that, for high-need members of the military community, legal services are often necessary to sustain work with human-service providers. Through member collaboration, NC VetsCorps provides intersecting support. 

Goals: 
  • 4,300: number of clients NC VetsCorps will serve between January 2014 and August 2016.
  • 1,050: number of volunteers that members will recruit between January 2014 and August 2016.
  • Community Coaching: help more communities replicate the NC VetsCorps legal services/human services model through various institutions.
  • Report on the NC VetsCorps Service Model: preparing to disseminate best practices and recommendations for communities and funders.
Progress: 

The below chart depicts the total number of clients served in the first two years of the NC VetsCorps program. 

 

NC VetsCorps: Program Outcomes at End of Year 2

 

In addition, corporate sponsorships and foundation grants provided matching funds, including generous contributions from Wells Fargo, Child Trust Foundation, Triangle Community Foundation, the Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro, and Talent Curve.

Go Deeper:

For more information on MDC and NC VetsCorps, contact: Ann Gerhardt.