College grads sought for AmeriCorps program

College grads sought
for AmeriCorps program

The New Jersey Community Development Corp. is currently recruiting recent college graduates to serve people in need as part of the AmeriCorps National Service Program, also known as the "domestic Peace Corps."

Individuals who are selected for the program will be expected to work 40 hours per week with at-risk children and teenagers, and with homeless and impoverished families. Work assignments are throughout northern New Jersey. In exchange for a year of service, AmeriCorps members receive a living stipend, full health benefits, and an educational award of $4,725 to pay off student loans or to go on to graduate school.

AmeriCorps prepares young men and women for careers in public service and in social services through rigorous community service assignments and an array of educational activities designed to develop leadership skills.

The next class of the Community Leaders Program will begin in September and will run through mid-August 2004. Individuals interested in applying should send a résumé and cover letter to: AmeriCorps, P.O. Box 1811, Fort Lee 07024. For more information, call the NJCDC at (973) 225-0555 and ask for Julie MacLeod.

Program for families coping with cancer

The Cancer Institute of New Jersey (CINJ), with support from area hospitals and a grant from Ortho Biotech, will offer a free, monthly comprehensive community-based educational and support program for family members caring for patients with cancer at home.

The program will meet every Tuesday of the month, beginning Aug. 26, 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Cancer Institute of New Jersey, 195 Little Albany St., New Brunswick, first floor, in the multi-purpose room. Valet parking will be available; attendees should bring their card to the meeting to be stamped.

The program, taught by licensed medical professionals, will teach caregivers how to cope with the emotional strain of caring for a loved one with cancer, where to seek outside help, and ways to perform everyday care-giving with greater ease. Dinner will be served. The program is free and open to the public. To register, call (732) 235-6792.