The Appalachia CARES program is a grant funded AmeriCorps program through the Corporation for National and Community Service. The grant is awarded by Volunteer Tennessee located in Nashville, TN. The program is locally sponsored by the Clinch-Powell Resource Conservation & Development Council.
The Appalachia CARES program is a school and community-based service-learning program which promotes COMMUNITY, ACTION, RESPONSIBILITY, EDUCATION, and SERVICE as program cornerstones.
Appalachia CARES engages its members in direct service with youth and community volunteers in primarily rural areas in middle and east Tennessee counties in partnership with community-based organizations and local schools. The overall goal of the program is to impact participants through service-learning. Through the service-learning process, participants become civically engaged, inspired, and motivated realizing they can use their own skills, knowledge, and education to make a positive contribution to their communities regardless of their talents or deficits.
The Appalachia CARES program utilizes a team-based approach to implement service-learning and to expand the organizational capacity of the participating community-based organizations.