Dr. Diya Abdo (Center for New North Carolinians) received new funding from the North Carolina Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service for the project “AmeriCorps ACCESS Project.” Khouan Rodriguez and Cynthia Mejia are co-principal investigators on the project.
The purpose of this project is to help immigrants and refugees gain access to human services, build bridges with mainstream society, and assist these populations with acculturation leading to self-sufficiency. Services to be provided include: 1. Employment Readiness and Placement, Disaster Preparedness, Education Support Services, Volunteer Recruitment and Management, and related services to immigrants and refugees resulting in greater self-sufficiency; 2. Provide leadership development training to AmeriCorps staff; and 3. Provide professional development training to community and faith-based partner organizations.