Notes From the Director's Desk: February Edition

Americorps Seniors

AmeriCorps Seniors 
Feb. 16, 2023

Notes From the Director's Desk:
February Edition

 MLK Feature Story

AmeriCorps Seniors volunteers in the RSVP program collected personal care items for their local Salvation Army during the MLK Day of Service. Read More.

Message From the Director

Dear colleagues, 

Thank you for your contributions to our MLK Day of Service on Monday, Jan. 16. I am grateful for the work you did honoring the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and spotlighting AmeriCorps Seniors’ projects in your community.  

This month, we celebrate Valentine’s Day. This is a time that warms hearts and reminds me of how grateful I am for my relationship with all of you. It is these connections we share that have the greatest impact on our communities. I ask that you share my love and thanks with your volunteers who demonstrate their love every day through service. 

Also, I would be remiss if I didn’t mention that it is Black History Month. President Biden, in his proclamation, declares this as a time when we “celebrate the legacy of Black Americans whose power to lead, to overcome, and to expand the meaning and practice of American democracy has helped our nation become a more fair and just society.”  

To that end, we acknowledge the long history of contributions made by Black Americans through their service, which is a vital part of our American history. This calls for us to continue working to ensure that our programs are open to and create equity for all our volunteers.

We all have something to give, and our communities have never needed it more. In the month of hearts, I challenge you to keep your hearts open and to protect the hearts of our current and future volunteers.   


Atalaya Sergi, Director 
AmeriCorps Seniors

AmeriCorps Seniors Celebrate MLK Day


AmeriCorps Seniors volunteers in the Foster Grandparent program host a Valentine’s Day  card project for local veterans at an MLK Day of Service event in York, Pa.

Savanah FY 23 MLK

AmeriCorps Seniors volunteers in Savannah, Ga., revitalize a garden space with the US Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack. Read more.  


Atalaya Sergi, AmeriCorps Seniors director, and other agency leaders served alongside volunteers to assemble hygiene/encouragement packs at a United Way veteran event in Annapolis, Md.

New Promotional Materials

AmeriCorps Seniors has new branded photos and inspiring videos to aid your volunteer recruitment efforts. Please share these materials with your network.  

Training Corner 

Grantee Essentials Training and Technical Assistance 

Join AmeriCorps Seniors each month to dive into specific technical assistance topics to help you build your skills while managing your AmeriCorps Seniors grant. Check out these upcoming topics. 

Branding and Communication Tools (Canva); Celebrating AmeriCorps Seniors Volunteers and the Program’s Impact 
Tuesday, Feb. 21, 1 p.m. ET

Logic Models and Program Evaluation
Tuesday, March 21, 1 p.m. ET


Missed our last Grantee Essentials TTA call? Check out the Grantee Essentials TTA and Tuesday Talks learning path in Litmos. This learning path includes webinar recordings, presentations, and other materials.

New Tool in Litmos

The AmeriCorps Seniors Project Road Map supports organizations serving as sponsors of AmeriCorps Seniors Foster Grandparent, Senior Companion, Senior Demonstration, and RSVP program grants. It provides a framework of major milestones in project development and critical resources for both new and existing projects. This tool is designed to be used in conjunction with support from your portfolio manager.


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AmeriCorps Research Study

AmeriCorps launched a three-year mixed-methods evaluation to examine how COVID-19 has affected AmeriCorps Seniors programming. With your help, this study will develop actionable insights to guide programming by identifying promising practices and evidence-based interventions.

Elder Justice Corner

A Message on Medical Identity Theft

Medical identity theft is when someone steals or uses your personal information, such as your name, Social Security number, or Medicare number, to submit fraudulent claims to Medicare and other health insurers without your authorization. They may use your information to get medical care, prescription drugs, or have surgery performed. 

Medical identity theft can disrupt your medical care, cause  a loss of benefits, and may even cost you your life.  You should keep your medical documents and insurance information in a safe place to protect your personal information.  

Do not give your medical information to someone who calls, emails, or texts you unexpectedly.  

If you suspect medical identity theft you should: 

1. file a report at Identity

2. file a police report with your local law enforcement agency,   

3. request copies of your medical records and report errors, and  

Upcoming Funding Opportunities

2023 Community Collaboration Challenge

Apply for $5,000 in funding through the National Partnership for Student Success to host a local one-to-two-day event bringing together school leaders, local non-profits, government agencies and programs like AmeriCorps Seniors to discuss how to bring more evidence-based, people-powered supports to young people in schools and in out-of-school time settings. In addition to funding, grantees will also have access to technical assistance from the National Partnership for Student Success Hub in the form of tools, guidance, access to networks, support identifying local high-quality student support providers, and connections to other communities.                                               

Applications are due Friday, March 3
Questions? Contact Terra Wallin at


National Council on Aging Initiative 

Join the fight against COVID-19 and influenza by applying for grants to support seniors' centers, community centers/organizations, faith-based organizations, and governmental agencies to bring awareness about vaccinations to peers aged 65 and older. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis through Wednesday, March 1, or until funds are exhausted.  


Fiscal Year 2023 Application

Note: The AmeriCorps Seniors quarter 4 continuation and renewal notification emails had an error in the subject line. Notification emails were sent to all quarter 4 grant recipients, not quarter 3. If you have a quarter 4 grant, please refer to the timeline below. 

For AmeriCorps Seniors Foster Grandparent, RSVP, and Senior Companion program grantees that have a start date of Saturday, July 1 (Quarter 4 grants):   

Applications are due Thursday, March 9.  

If you have an off-cycle award start date and/or have a Senior Demonstration program grant, your portfolio manager will share application due dates once finalized.       

Note: On-time grant application submissions will be expected in fiscal year 2023. Late applications that do not follow the notice of funding guidelines will not be accepted.   

System Updates

Pathfinder Update 

The pathfinder was updated on Thursday, Feb. 2 with counties separated and clickable contact emails for potential AmeriCorps Seniors volunteers to find opportunities easier. 

Check to see if your contact information in pathfinder needs to be updated.                   

For technical assistance, refer to "Appendix A. 22: Review and Update Project Information" in your program handbook located on the Foster Grandparent, RSVP, Senior Companion, and Senior Demonstration Program grantee pages.  

2023 AmeriCorps Seniors Income Guidelines 

The 2023 AmeriCorps Seniors Income Guidelines  are posted to the Foster Grandparent and Senior Companion grantee pages.                                                         

Reporting Deadlines

Quarter 3 (Saturday, April 1 Start Date) 

  • Performance Progress Reports Annual Due: Sunday, April 30   
  • Federal Financial Report (Budget Year 1 or Year 2) Due: Sunday, April 30   
  • Federal Financial Report Final (Budget Year 3) Due: Sunday, July 30   

Quarter 4 (Saturday, July 1 Start Date)  

  • Performance Progress Reports Annual Due: Sunday, July 30   
  • Federal Financial Report (Budget Year 1 or Year 2) Due: Sunday, July 30   

Progress report resources are available on program pages under "Grantee Resources," filter for “submit a progress report.” 

Review program handbooks and Litmos for additional guidance. 

Litmos Training: AmeriCorps National Performance Measures Core Curriculum