FEAT on Facebook Live

The Team UP Southwest Colorado Family Engagement Action Team (affectionately known as FEAT), in Dolores County, has had great success over the past year hosting Facebook Live events on a wide range of topics that are beneficial to families. Some of the topics covered have been:

Each event is hosted by Kay Daves, long-time Dove Creek resident and active community member, and features a community member expert on the topic at hand.

The most recent event was “How to Manage Stress Without Losing Your Mind,” with Annie Stiasny, Dove Creek School Counselor. While this was recorded pre-COVID-19, the tips and information are very pertinent to the current time.

Check this video out, or any of the other past topics at: https://www.facebook.com/TeamUPSWCO/videos/

Contact:
​Jessica Randell
Team UP Coordinator
919.414.4860
jessicar@unitedway-swco.org

Team UP is a Collective Impact Initiative in Montezuma and Dolores Counties, bringing together a wide range of individuals and organizations, all working towards a common goal – improving outcomes for kids from cradle to career. Since this is a broad goal, Team UP Action Teams focus on more specific topics, such as Family Engagement, Child Maltreatment Prevention, Behavioral Health, Food Security, Youth Mental Health, the importance of Early Childhood development, and Early Childhood Education Expansion. United Way of Southwest Colorado serves as the backbone organization for Team UP.

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AmeriCorps: Turning Service into Education

Did you know that, in addition to receiving a living allowance throughout their Term of Service, AmeriCorps members also receive a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award upon successful completion of their term? The Segal Ed Award amount is tied to the U.S. Department of Education’s Pell Grant, so the exact amount changes but last year it was just over $6,000 for full-time members. That’s $6,000 that members get to put towards past and/or future educational expenses!

    • Members have up to seven years from the end of their service to use their Segal Ed Award.
    • Members aged 55+ may transfer their award to a child or grandchild.
    • Members may use their funds to repay student loans or pay current expenses at eligible higher-ed institutions or training programs.
    • Many institutions offer a match award to AmeriCorps members.
    • During their Term of Service, members are eligible to have the repayment of their qualified students loans postponed while serving (loan forbearance).
At Team UP AmeriCorps, we understand that education can look different for everyone, so we encourage our members to get creative using their funds. While our members still have four months left of their Term of Service, they’re already starting to brainstorm how to use their Segal Ed Award.
Leah, our Food Security Champion in Cortez, plans to use the funds to support her goal of traveling to Spain to get her Master’s Degree in a Global Innovative Management Program. Leah plans to use her degree to continue in Food Security by working on agriculture and food security projects in Spanish-speaking communities.
Jamie, our Early Learning Champion in Cortez, has been going to school to earn her degree in Early Childhood Education while serving as an AmeriCorps member. (She’s been one busy gal, and we can’t thank her enough!) She plans to use her funds to pay off school loans so she can join the Early Childhood Education workforce after her term.
Lexi, our Food Security Champion in Pagosa Springs, is thinking about using her funds get her Wilderness EMT certification so she can combine her love of the wilderness with her commitment to helping people.
There are so many ways that AmeriCorps members choose to use their Segal Education Award. Just as the service that AmeriCorps members perform during their Term of Service affects our community for years to come, we also believe that the benefits AmeriCorps members receive (both tangible and intangible) also affect their lives for many more years!


If you are interested in learning more about how to become an AmeriCorps member with Team UP AmeriCorps, please contact Team UP AmeriCorps Program Director Al Huckins @ alh@unitedway-swco.org.
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CAN YOU HELP? A full-time AC member costs about $32,000 per year.
United Way secures grants and contributions to cover approximately $18,000. We ask host sites to raise/obtain the other $14,000 (which is a bargain for a full-time person with benefits). Donors can contribute to further reduce the cost for a non-profit to obtain this wonderful support. Recommended contribution to offset the AC cost = $500 or more. DONATE

Team UP’s Food Security Action Team

Food Efforts Update

In response to Covid-19, Team UP’s Food Security Action Team has joined forces with The Montezuma Food Coalition to address the community’s food needs through multi-agency collaboration. The Coalition has expanded its network and breadth of work to include Montezuma and Dolores Counties and Tribal and Indigenous Communities in The Four Corners region. Through weekly team meetings, and bi-weekly regional calls, emergent needs are discussed, resources combined, and food distributed. The Coalition strives to be attentive to the current and ever-changing needs of our community during this crisis and to provide support to individuals and organizations as efficiently as possible. If you would like to support these efforts, please feel free to join one of our calls, which are open to the public.

Contact:
​Jessica Randell
Team UP Coordinator
919.414.4860
jessicar@unitedway-swco.org

Team UP is a Collective Impact Initiative in Montezuma and Dolores Counties, bringing together a wide range of individuals and organizations, all working towards a common goal – improving outcomes for kids from cradle to career. Since this is a broad goal, Team UP Action Teams focus on more specific topics, such as Family Engagement, Child Maltreatment Prevention, Behavioral Health, Food Security, Youth Mental Health, the importance of Early Childhood development, and Early Childhood Education Expansion. United Way of Southwest Colorado serves as the backbone organization for Team UP.

Help us continue our work. DONATE

Team UP AmeriCorps

What is AmeriCorps?

AmeriCorps is a network of national service programs committed to addressing critical community needs. Approximately 75,000 people across the country commit to AmeriCorps each year. When someone decides to commit their time to the greater good by becoming an AmeriCorps member, they take the following oath:

I will bring Americans together to strengthen our communities.
Faced with apathy, I will take action.
Faced with conflict, I will seek common ground.
Faced with adversity, I will persevere.
I will carry this commitment with me this year and beyond.
I am an AmeriCorps member, and I will get things done.

AmeriCorps Member Update

United Way of SWCO currently hosts eight AmeriCorps members, all of whom took this oath on their very first day of service. The current pandemic has brought challenges and adversity to every community, and our members have served as beacons of light in these difficult times as they have continued to persevere. They have found ways to adapt their service to respond to needs arising from COVID-19. One member, serving in Food Security in Pagosa Springs, sent take-home garden kits to her students to share with their families during the stay-at-home order. Many AmeriCorps members in Cortez have come together to collect and distribute food and resources to community members in need. Through all of this, members are also adapting their original programming to be done virtually in order to continue to be able to support their clients while maintaining distance. As we all continue to adapt our lives to the changing times, our AmeriCorps members continue to serve as an example to our community.

Learn more about UWSWC’s current Team UP AmeriCorps members here. These members will continue to serve their communities through the end of August, and a new cohort of members will take their oath and start their year of service in September 2020. If you are interested in serving with Team UP AmeriCorps, contact Team UP AmeriCorps Program Director Al Huckins @ alh@unitedway-swco.org.

CAN YOU HELP? A full-time AC member costs about $32,000 per year.
United Way secures grants and contributions to cover approximately $18,000. We ask host sites to raise/obtain the other $14,000 (which is a bargain for a full-time person with benefits). Donors can contribute to further reduce the cost for a non-profit to obtain this wonderful support. Recommended contribution to offset the AC cost = $500 or more. DONATE