For more than 75 years, Easter Seals Southeast WI has been offering help and hope to children and adults living with disabilities, and to the families who love them. Through therapy, training, education and support services, Easter Seals creates life-changing solutions so that people with disabilities can live, learn, work and play.
Easter Seals Southeast Wisconsin has partnered with AmeriCorps and the University of Maryland to create the Legacy Corps program. The Legacy provides FREE services that provides a break to the caregivers of military families and veterans of all ages. The goal of the program is to relieve some of the stress related to caring for a family that may be experiencing deployment, reintegration, or caring for an injured Veteran. The hope is to allow that caregiver an opportunity to leave the household, relieve some of the stress they’re experiencing, and build a stronger family bond. The Legacy Corps program accomplishes this by providing a well-trained, qualified AmeriCorps member to serve the family for 8-10 hours per week for one year for FREE. AmeriCorps members will be trained to provide respite services such as:
· Light cooking & cleaning
· Assistance with other household chores
· Storytelling/Journaling to improve or maintain cognitive functioning
· Assistance with running errands
· Transportation to appointments
· Information dissemination/resources for military families & veterans
· And much more, depending on what the family needs!
At the same time we are recruiting for AmeriCorps members must commit to 450 hours over one year of service (7-10 hrs/wk). They will receive up-to-date training on First Aid, CPR, and Non-violent Crisis Intervention, as well as training on how to address the various challenges and barriers our veterans face on a day-to-day basis. After receiving 20 hours of pre-service training, the members will be matched with a veteran or military family that is nearest to them and that requires the type of support the member is comfortable providing. Along with the extensive training the member receives, they will also get a monthly living allowance of $190, and will be eligible for an educational award of $1,468 after completion of the program.
Know a local veteran or military family that needs support? Or do you know someone looking to help a neighbor? Learn more about this special service at: www.eastersealswise.com