Bates County Extension Receives Grant

The Bates County Extension Office is excited to announce that it has received an AmeriCorps Seniors RSVP (Retired and Senior Volunteer Program) grant of $75,000 from the AmeriCorps federal agency to support 75 RSVP volunteers serving in Bates County. The grant will expand MU Extension’s presence in Bates County.

With this new funding, Bates County MU Extension Office will leverage the skills and experience of seniors in Bates County to partner with community groups and organizations, focusing on Youth, Health, Education, and Agriculture projects in Bates County.

These AmeriCorps Seniors’ volunteers will have the opportunity to participate in many different projects throughout the year. A few projects include:

• Community Gardens: RSVP volunteers will help implement community gardens and help distribute produce to food pantries.

• Summer Readiness Backpacks: RSVP volunteers will collaborate with teachers to assemble and provide Summer Readiness Backpacks that will include STEM activities and supplies. These will be dispersed to students to help with gains in school readiness.

• 4-H & STEM Activities: RSVP volunteers will engage youth in 4-H club activities, Science Olympiad, and other extra-curricular activities that contribute to improved educational outcomes. Activities may include leadership practice, public speaking practice, hands-on STEM activities, youth-led community service projects, and other topic-based projects that engage youth.

Bates County MU Extension Office has safety measures in place to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Safety for our volunteers and staff is our top priority. If you are interested in volunteering, please call the Bates County Extension Office at 660-679-4167 or email Sara Bridgewater at sbridgewater@missouri.edu for more information.

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