Caregivers of veterans report more than twice the emotional stress of caregivers of adults nationally, almost three times the level of physical strain, and almost four times the level of financial hardship. Friends in Action can help.
Friends in Action launched Idaho's first Legacy Corps program in 2012. Legacy Corps is a national volunteer-powered caregiver support program that provides assistance to veterans needing help in their home and a veteran's family caregiver. Legacy Corps volunteers provide caregiver respite, caregiver education, linkages to other community support resources, and other services that help veterans' families.
Services provided by Legacy Corps Volunteers:
• 3-5 hours of caregiver respite per week
• Transportation to medical appointments / grocery shopping for care receiver
• Information sharing about community and veteran resources to help family caregivers
• Peer-to peer support networks
Who is eligbile to receive Legacy Corps services:
• A family member who cares for any age veteran. Caregivers must live with the veteran and be the person primarily responsible for the veteran's care.
• Veterans or military family members who care for an adult at home. This family member must be the person primarily responsible for the person's care.
To learn about receiving Legacy Corps services, please call the FIA office: 208-333-1363 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Opportunity to SPONSOR Legacy Corps families:
Show your gratitude to Veterans in our community! Support the Legacy Corps Program. Friends in Action seeks business partners and individuals who want to be recognized as champions of veteran and military families who care for a loved one at home. Learn more by clicking here, or calling the FIA office at 208-333-1363.
Legacy Corps Volunteers commit to serving one full year providing consistent caregiver support to families in the Treasure Valley. In exchange for their commitment to serve, Legacy Corps Volunteers receive up to 90 hours of training; a monthly stipend; and an education award at the end of their year of service. Friends in Action will recruit and train 20 Legacy Corps volunteers this year, and every year we will expand so that hundreds of family caregivers of veterans receive support across our great state! For information about becoming a Legacy Corps volunteer, click here.
Legacy Corps was founded at the University of Maryland and is a national AmeriCorps program. Legacy Corps programs currently operate in 15 sites across ten states. FIA is very proud to offer this program in Idaho!