The AmeriCorps Somerset County Program was awarded a continuation grant from the Maine Commission for Community Service and the program began its second year of implementation in September.

Two new AmeriCorps members, Lourine Weller, of Skowhegan, and Amy Lessard, of Fairfield, recently enrolled in the program and Cheryl Curtis, of Madison, and Liza Russell, of Cornville, are entering their second year with the program. All four are long-time Maine residents who are passionate about serving their communities and in supporting the health and well-being of area seniors.

These AmeriCorps members will serve with Somerset Public Health to connect older adults to area health and social resources including primary care, food support and opportunities to volunteer.

The program is currently seeking area residents interested in making their communities a healthier and safer place for their senior neighbors. The program offers full- and part-time positions and a variety of opportunities ideal for those interested in community-based public health including active retirees, recent college graduates and parents of college students looking for ways to help pay for their children’s educations.

Benefits include a living stipend for full- and half-time members and all positions are eligible for an education award upon successful completion of service. Members who are aged 55-plus at the time of service can gift their education award to a child or grandchild to help pay for college expenses. All members receive training and professional development.

For more information, visit or email [email protected].

This program is managed by MCD Public Health in collaboration with local partners including Somerset Public Health and the Senior Strong Committee. The program is sponsored by the Maine Commission for Community Service and is funded by the Corporation for National and Community Service. The program is available to all, without regard to race, color, national origin, disability, age, sex, political affiliation or religion.

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