AmeriCorps Seniors Workforce Development Program

AmeriCorps Seniors Program in Sangamon

The HAP Foundation has received a federal grant from AmeriCorps Seniors to develop a Seniors Workforce Program in Illinois.  

In January 2024, we launched a pilot program to recruit individuals in Peoria County. We are now developing the program in Sangamon county with expansion to Knox, Macon, and Rock Island counties over the next two years. 

AmeriCorps Seniors (Ages 55+) Workforce Program 

The Seniors Workforce Program at The HAP Foundation will provide adults 55+ with the opportunity to develop skills to be a Community Health Worker. If you are a trusted member of your community, demonstrate empathy and compassion for others, enjoy connecting community resources with people, and promote a healthy lifestyle, this could be a great career for you! 

What is AmeriCorps? 

AmeriCorps is the federal agency for national service and volunteerism that provides opportunities for Americans of all backgrounds to serve their country, address the nation’s most pressing challenges, and improve lives and communities.  

What will the program provide? 

The program will train people who are 55+ to re-enter the workforce as Community Health Workers (CHW). A CHW serves as a link between healthcare and social service organizations to remove barriers and improve health outcomes.  

What will I do? 

Weekly, participants will attend 4-5 hours of in-person classroom training and volunteer at a healthcare or community-based organization for 5-6 hours.  

Volunteer work at the organization will include working on a project identified by the organization. Projects will vary based on the organization, and every effort will be made to match the participant with a project that interests them.  

Projects may include:  

  • Developing and delivering a presentation to educate community members about a health issue 
  • Motivating and encouraging people to obtain general primary health care and other services and support self-management of disease prevention and management of health conditions.  
  • Providing necessary information at local agencies and community events to help people understand and prevent diseases or manage health conditions, chronic disease, and serious illness.  
  • Making health care referrals and providing follow-up.  
  • Participating in care coordination and/or case management.  
  • Conducting health awareness campaigns and disease prevention education  

Each project is designed to reach 30 members in your community.  

Who is eligible to apply? 

To be eligible for this AmeriCorps Seniors program in Sangamon, you must be: 

  • 55 or older at the time you begin the program. 
  • A U.S. citizen or permanent resident; and live in or close to Sangamon county
  • Able to provide proof of health insurance. 
  • Able to provide proof of auto insurance if the on-the-job training assignment requires driving, however, having a car and driving is not a requirement to participate in the program. 
  • At this time training is only available in English


  • Individuals must commit to 10 hours a week. 
  • Attend a 4-hour training, weekly for 11 weeks: beginning on Thursday, July 18th – Thursday October 3rd 
  • 9:00 am – 12:00 pm 
  • Held at Illinois Primary Health Care Association – 500 West Monroe, Suite 1E, Springfield
  • Work up to 6 hours each week at a local organization. Days and times to be determined. This can last for up to 5 months.

What are the benefits of participating in the AmeriCorps Seniors Workforce program? 

Participants will: 

  • Receive at least 40 hours of training in areas that are recognized nationally as core competencies to be a Community Health Worker. 
  • Receive job training at a healthcare or community-based organization. 
  • Receive a monthly stipend of up to $200.
  • Financial assistance may be available for eligible CHWs through the Illinois Public Health Association’s (IPHA) Community Health Worker training program, funded under HRSA Grant 22-124.  
  • After completion of the project and training, you will receive a certificate confirming completion of basic CHW core competencies. 
  • Receive support in finding employment upon training and project completion. 

How can I learn more? 

For more information, contact Rachael Telleen at: (312) 741-1290

How do I apply? 

At this time we are only accepting applications for individuals living in or close to Sangamon County. 

Please click here to complete your application.

Applications for Sangamon are due no later than June 21, 2024.  

Applicants who submit a complete application and meet eligibility criteria will be contacted to schedule an interview either in-person or via Zoom.  

Contact Information 

Rachael Telleen 

Executive Director of Workforce Development and Education 

The HAP Foundation


Non-Discrimination Statement  

The HAP Foundation, the AmeriCorps Seniors Workforce Demonstration Program, and its host sites do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, status as an individual with a disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, or other protected classes under the law (including Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972). 

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