The Massachusetts Service Alliance (MSA) is excited to share that a bill to establish the Massachusetts Coronavirus Recovery Corps (S.251 / H.501), sponsored by Senator Eric Lesser (D- Springfield) and Representative Jon Santiago (D- Boston), is moving through the legislative process. The MA Coronavirus Recovery Corps, an expansion of Commonwealth Corps , would help speed COVID-19 recovery in the Commonwealth by deploying service members to the areas and communities most affected by the pandemic and its economic toll.
With this bill gaining momentum, MSA would like to hear from agencies and nonprofits across our state that may be interested in hosting Corps members through this new Recovery Corps program. Corps members would support organizations addressing challenges posed by COVID-19, including access to health services, disaster preparedness, response and recovery, and workforce development. Partner agencies will be able to apply to host one to four Corps members to provide direct service to their communities and/or help build capacity in these identified areas. MSA covers the cost of member benefits, including a living stipend and completion award.
If your agency is interested in hosting Corps members, please let us know through this brief interest form . By completing this form, your organization can help MSA gauge interest and then communicate this enthusiasm with decision-makers in the State Legislature.
We would appreciate if organizations can complete this form by Friday, May 14th, 5pm EST; however, we will continue to welcome responses after that deadline as well. This form is not a formal commitment to hosting members, nor is responding to this form required to host members under this program if it is approved by the Legislature.
MSA will follow up with interested organizations as the bill moves through the legislative process. In the meantime, please reach out with questions to Beth McGuinness, Deputy Director at MSA, at [email protected] or Stacey Sirois, Commonwealth Corps Program Manager, at [email protected] .
Thank you for your partnership!
The Massachusetts Service Alliance