Safe Routes to Health AmeriCorps Program Information

Safe Routes to Health at the Michigan Fitness Foundation (SR2H) focuses on addressing unmet health needs in underserved, low-income communities. It was developed by assessing both barriers to healthy living and opportunities to overcome those barriers. Using a multigenerational approach to reach across an entire community, SR2H engages AmeriCorps Members to connect citizens to health, wellness, and physical activity programs by implementing program components and recruiting local community volunteers to create sustainable change.

This Host Site Application is intended for local organizations interested in hosting SR2H AmeriCorps members.

BENEFITS OF HOSTING

SR2H Host Sites will have the benefit of trained, dedicated AmeriCorps members serving at their organization, increasing visibility and capacity to affect local, sustainable change. Host Sites will expand their network of partnerships to build healthier communities and improve conditions where people live, learn, work, and play. Additionally, they will contribute to offering the AmeriCorps members the opportunity to gain valuable experience while empowering area residents to lead longer, healthier, and more fulfilling lives.

WHO CAN APPLY

We welcome applications from nonprofit organizations with mission aligned objectives existing within 30 miles of our target communities. Applicants should be able to host half-time members; designate a host site supervisor; abide by the rules, regulations, and responsibilities outlined in this application document; and commit to a $2,000 cash match for the program year.

Target communities:

    • Detroit
    • Kalamazoo
    • Muskegon
    • Sault Ste Marie
    • Wyoming
APPLICATION

Download the Host Site Application

Once completed submit the application to the Project Manager at smackenzie@michiganfitness.org

PROGRAM OVERVIEW

SR2H AmeriCorps Members (Members) will fill gaps and enhance assets in underserved, low-income communities to help residents gain access to supportive environments for healthy eating and physical activity. In addition, Members will leverage 200 volunteers statewide to carry out SR2H programming and affect sustainable change.

SR2H engages 20 half-time AmeriCorps members for a 900 hour term of service October 2020 – September 2021 at host sites statewide in Michigan. Members will serve at their host site for a minimum of 20 – 25 hours per week.

SR2H offers five programmatic components that comprehensively feature multigenerational health, wellness, and physical activity behaviors and opportunities. Program components complement and build off of each other to address individual and environmental factors that influence health with the goal of increasing the skills, knowledge, and awareness of how to eat healthy and be active. The components are as follows:

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ORGANIZATIONAL STRUCTURE OF PROGRAM

AmeriCorps is a national service program administered on a federal level through the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS). Established in 1993, the Corporation engages millions of Americans in service. CNCS plays a critical role in strengthening America’s nonprofit sector and addressing our nation’s challenges. The Michigan Community Service Commission (MCSC) is the state administrative agent for Michigan’s AmeriCorps. MCSC funds and supports programs including SR2H that encourage all Michigan residents to volunteer and serve their communities. The Michigan Fitness Foundation (MFF) manages the SR2H program in 5 communities and is dedicated to inspiring active lifestyles and healthy food choices through education, environmental change, community events, and policy leadership.