The South Cumberland Plateau AmeriCorps Project is a direct service initiative with some capacity-building opportunities that engage our community through hunger relief, financial literacy, opioid prevention and recovery, tutoring, and education. SCP AmeriCorps encourages collaboration with community partners, organizations, and individuals to understand local rural communities' prevalent social, structural, and systemic issues. Direct service volunteer opportunities invite students and local and national civic-minded volunteers to actively engage in promoting social change through community-based initiatives in rural Appalachia. Service members receive a living stipend during their service and are eligible for the Segal Education Award at the end of their volunteer term.

 
About AmeriCorps

AmeriCorps, the federal agency for volunteerism and national service, provides opportunities for Americans to serve their country domestically, address the nation’s most pressing challenges, improve lives and communities, and strengthen civic engagement. Each year, the agency invests more than $800 million in grants for local nonprofit, community, tribal, and state organizations; places more than 250,000 AmeriCorps members and AmeriCorps Seniors volunteers in intensive service roles; and empowers millions more to serve as long-term, short-term, or one-time volunteers.

 Apply for positions on the AmeriCorps Website.

Contact: AmeriCorps Program Director, Ashley Cheaves at scpamericorps@sewanee.edu.

 

Current Postings:

Current Postings

There’s never been a better time to serve. Join our team of SCP AmeriCorps on the beautiful South Cumberland Plateau! AmeriCorps members, serve their country domestically, address the nation’s most pressing challenges, improve lives and communities, and strengthen civic engagement.

Program Partners

BetterFi, Coalmont,TN

BetterFi’s financial assistance program seeks to provide a pathway for individuals to escape dependence on predatory, high-interest loans and credit. The program primarily serves the geographic South Cumberland Plateau area and areas nearby, and the target clients are those who are financially vulnerable, have low asset liquidity, rely on alternative financial products and services (underbanked), or otherwise are seeking to improve their financial knowledge, financial stability, or credit.

Growing Roots-Tracy City,TN

The mission of Growing Roots is to increase #foodaccess and #communitywellness on Tennessee’s South Cumberland Plateau.

This is accomplished through activities and programming for residents of Franklin, Grundy, and Marion counties in Middle Tennessee, including holistic community wellness workshops and classes, small-scale garden programming, direct food distribution, youth gardening support, and garden-based community infrastructure.

Growing Roots is motivated by a justice-oriented approach to land use, food sovereignty on the grassroots level, and collaborative community efforts to improve the quality of life for all who call this mountain home.

 

Southeast Tennessee Young Farmers

 

The Southeast Tennessee Young Farmers Coalition Chapter (SETNYF) was founded in 2019 at the geographical confluence of Tennessee, Alabama, and Georgia to promote interest and support denizens transitioning into agriculture, and to protect and enhance the local farming community and the landscape. SETNYF facilitates and advocates communication and cooperation among local farmers and between local entities, and champions the generation and dissemination of sustainable agriculture/food system-related education and information. Check out our chapter’s initiatives here.

Beersheba Springs Medical Clinic

The Beersheba Springs Medical Clinic (BSMC) was established in 2010 for and by the Beersheba Springs community. Its mission is to promote, protect, and improve the health of persons (especially the medically indigent) living in, working in, or visiting Beersheba Springs and the surrounding area. To advance this mission, the clinic provides comprehensive evaluation and management of acute illness and chronic disease, e.g., diabetes, heart disease, hypertension, and depression. Services are free; we have no government funding and we do not take insurance. Donations are encouraged and are necessary to the facility’s sustainability.

Tracy City Free Clinic - South Cumberland Learning and Development Center

Mission: To provide free healthcare in a county where 15% of the populace is uninsured. 

 

More partner sites to come in the future. Contact scpamericorps@sewanee.edu to find out more about how your organization can become a partner site.