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AmeriCorps Somerset County



The mission of the AmeriCorps Somerset County Program was to improve the health and well-being of low income seniors and adults in central and northern Maine. We empowered community members to use available health and social resources, set realistic goals, and problem solve barriers to accessing services. Our priority was to connect older adults to primary care services, food support, and opportunities to volunteer and socialize. AmeriCorps members in our program trained as Community Health Workers who provide one-on-one support to individuals and families. Members were also trained to facilitate evidence-based group health classes such as Living Well for Better Health and the National Diabetes Prevention Program.


AmeriCorps engages more than 75,000 members in intensive service annually to serve through nonprofit, faith-based, and community organizations at 21,000 locations across the country. These members help communities tackle pressing problems while mobilizing millions of volunteers for the organizations they serve. Since 1994, more than 980,000 Americans have provided more than 1.3 billion hours of service to their communities and country through AmeriCorps.


AmeriCorps is a program of the Corporation for National and Community Service, a federal agency that engages millions of Americans in service through its AmeriCorps, Senior Corps, Social Innovation Fund, and Volunteer Generation Fund programs and leads the President's national call to service initiative, United We Serve. For more information, visit NationalService.gov.


This program is available to all, without regard to race, color, national origin, disability, age, sex, political affiliation, or, in most instances, religion.


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Region Served: Somerset County


Focus Areas: community health workers, self-management of chronic disease, improving access to primary care and food support for older adults, volunteerism


Funders: Maine Commission for Community Service the Corporation for National and Community Service.


Contact: Danielle Louder, Co-Director – dlouder@mcdph.org, 207-622-7566 x225 or Elizabeth Foley, MBA, Co-Director – efoley@mcdph.org, 207-622-7566 x297