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AARP Foundation Experience Corps Evansville

AARP Experience Corps Evansville, Ind., has been hosted by Carver Community Organization since 2008. AARP Experience Corps volunteer members 50 and older volunteer in schools, working with students in grades K-3 who are struggling with reading and literacy performance skills. Our focus is on assisting them to become proficient readers by the end of third grade. The AARP Experience Corps volunteer members work with students one-on-one or in small groups as directed by the teachers. The goal of the program is to improve children’s literacy skills, strengthen our communities and help develop cultures of inspiration in our schools. Our dedicated volunteer members impact society every day with the academic help/guidance given to students and their partnership with classroom teachers to make schools better places to learn.

Carver Community Organization has been in existence for over 65 years. It provides services from infants to seniors. It is the beacon of the community with the programs it provides, which include AARP Experience Corps Evansville, child care, after/out of school care, and senior services, including adult day services. Together, these programs touch the lives of many children, adolescents, seniors and their families through a variety of educational, recreational, social and health programs. Carver’s mission is to offer unique services within a safe environment that teaches respect for self, others and the community.

Program Launch: 2008

  • Key Supporters
  • Carver Community Organization
  • Welborn Baptist Foundation
  • United Way of Southern Indiana
  • Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation

Program Impact (2017-2018 school year)

  • Students served: 912
  • Volunteers: 47
  • Hours of tutoring: 5,631
  • Classrooms served: 51
  • 47 percent of students who were below grade level at the beginning of the year improved their reading and literacy performance by half a grade level or more
  • 98 percent of volunteer tutors reported that they were satisfied with the academic progress they made with students


Program Manager

Lonita Bennett
(812) 402-3170