About Us

What is AmeriCorps?

Bill Clinton signed the national and Community Service Trust Act of 1993 to expand opportunities for Americans to serve their communities.  Thus AmeriCorps was born. AmeriCorps, a program of the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), is a network of local, state, and national service programs that connects more than 70,000 Americans each year in intensive service to meet our country's critical needs in education, public safety, health, and the environment

What is HOPECorps?

HOPECorps (Heroin Opioid Prevention & Education Corps) is a scatter-site AmeriCorps program administered by Salisbury University (SU). HOPECorps will serve the eight Eastern Shore Counties of Maryland (Caroline, Dorchester, Kent, Queen Anne's, Somerset, Talbot, Wicomico, and Worcester).

Our mission is to strengthen the capacity of community organizations working to tackle the heroin and opioid epidemic in Maryland. Our AmeriCorps members will act as support persons helping to promote, grow, and develop programs to support their placement site.

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What are the goals of HOPECorps?

HOPECorps sites work toward one or more of the program's objectives, all of which pertain to supporting efforts to fight the heroine and opioid crisis.

The goal of HOPECorps is for AmeriCorps members to provide health education programming to 1000 community members. In addition, the AmeriCorps members will leverage an additional 50 volunteers that will be engaged in expanding naloxone trainings and awareness of services for individuals and families

What do HOPECorps - AmeriCorps members do?

ACM service will focus on providing opioid education programs which will include naloxone distribution, recruiting community members to attend those programs, and delivering additional information about support related to opioid use/abuse. Primarily, ACMs will provide support for community and government agencies in three domains: training, education, and capacity building. ACMs will support naloxone training and distribution efforts; ACMs will support efforts to inform citizens about opioid treatment options; ACMs will support efforts to recruit volunteers to assist in expanding naloxone trainings and awareness of services for individuals and families struggling with the heroin and opioid epidemic.