KU Transition to Postsecondary Education Awarded Grant from National Community Care Corps

The University of Kansas Transition to Postsecondary Education (KU TPE) announces that it was selected by the Community Care Corps to receive funds for volunteers assisting local family caregivers, older adults, and adults with disabilities in Lawrence, Kansas. The amount of the grant totals nearly $125,000 for the period of October 1, 2023, through March 31, 2025.

KU TPE is among the awardees of Community Care Corps. This unprecedented program is a momentous leap forward in facilitating older adults, adults with disabilities, and family caregivers with much-needed nonmedical assistance. KU TPE‘s model will benefit countless local individuals and families, generating a lasting impact on those served, as well as the volunteers serving our community.

"We’re honored to receive this support from Community Care Corps,” said Dana Lattin, TPE director. “Meeting new friends and creating social and professional networks can be a challenge at a large university. To help students succeed, we're developing a model for peers—known as peer navigators—to not just be a friend, but help students make more friends and experience social life at KU."

“We are pleased to make this award to KU TPE. Their excellent volunteer model was chosen over other outstanding programs across the country. The strong response to the Community Care Corps request for proposals is a window into the overwhelming need for nonmedical assistance in every community,” said Paul Weiss, President of The Oasis Institute which administers Community Care Corps.

Community Care Corps grants are being awarded to local organizations across the country to establish, enhance, and grow innovative volunteer models. Community Care Corps is awarding $4 million to 30 innovative local programs nationwide, including KU TPE. The program was extremely competitive. In all, 158 organizations requested funding for their programs. The organizations selected serve a mix of diverse communities from across the country.

Tens of millions of Americans are in critical need of nonmedical assistance to continue living in their homes. Many also need companionship to avert the devastating effects of isolation. Volunteer support is vital for individuals to maintain the ability to live independently and stay connected within their communities.

Community Care Corps, through a cooperative agreement with the federal Administration for Community Living (ACL), is led by three national non-profit organizations: The Oasis Institute, Caregiver Action Network, and USAging. For more information about Community Care Corps and a list of the 2023 grantees, please visit www.communitycarecorps.org.

This project #90CCDG0001 is supported by the Administration for Community Living (ACL), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of a financial assistance award totaling $15,356,972 with 80 percent funded by ACL/HHS and $3,839,243 or 20 percent funded by non-government source(s). The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by ACL/HHS, or the U.S. Government.