More than $9.1 million will support 1,585 AmeriCorps programs and members in Maryland and in Maryland-based organizations
AmeriCorps members are anticipated to earn more than $6.4 million for their work meeting compelling human needs in Maryland
WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Barbara A. Mikulski (D-Md.) today announced $15,617,355 in federal funding awarded by the Corporation for National & Community Service (CNCS) to support 11 AmeriCorps programs and 1,585 AmeriCorps members in Maryland. Of the more than $15 million, $9,187,012 will support AmeriCorps programs and members who will mentor at-risk youth, expand health services, literacy tutoring, preserve parks, provide support services to veterans and refugees, and more. The other $6,430,343 are education awards earned by individual AmeriCorps members who complete at least 1,700 hours of service.
“AmeriCorps is the embodiment of the spirit of volunteerism and service to our country. AmeriCorps volunteers tackle the toughest problems in our communities – tutoring teens, starting neighborhood crime watches, and helping communities clean up and rebuild after natural disasters. They are unflagging, unflinching and determined to make a difference,” said Senator Mikulski, Vice Chairwoman of the Senate Appropriations Committee which funds CNCS. “They know that in these tough times, volunteers are needed more than ever. I’m so proud to announce these awards, and I will continue to fight to make sure that opportunities will be available at AmeriCorps for those answering the call of service.”
Senator Mikulski was one of the original founders of AmeriCorps. Senator Mikulski also led Senate efforts to expand and strengthen AmeriCorps and other national service programs through the Senator Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act, signed into law in 2009. As Vice Chairwoman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Senator Mikulski has fought to increase funding for CNCS, most recently by $40 million in the fiscal year 2016 Omnibus.
The grants focus AmeriCorps resources on six key areas: strengthening education, fostering economic opportunity, preparing for and responding to disasters, improving health, meeting environmental and energy efficiency needs, and assisting veterans and military families.
AmeriCorps, which is administered by the Corporation for National and Community Service programs engage approximately 85,000 individuals each year in intensive, results-driven service at more than 21,000 locations across the country. In addition to the grant funding awarded, individual AmeriCorps members who complete at least 1,700 hours of service will earn a $5,775 Segal AmeriCorps Education Award to help pay for college or pay back student loans. Since 1994, more than 980,000 AmeriCorps members have given more than one billion service hours in their communities. Interested individuals can learn about available opportunity and apply online by visiting AmeriCorps.gov.
The following Maryland organizations have received funding awards:
- $325,463 for the Maryland Department of Natural Resources Maryland Conservation Corps, based in Annapolis, which will support 35 Maryland Conservation Corps members who are engaged in environmental restoration and park improvement projects, environmental programming and disaster preparedness outreach. AmeriCorps members are anticipated to earn $202,125 in education awards.
- $540,000 for Reading Partners Maryland, based in Baltimore, which will support 45 AmeriCorps members who will manage volunteer recruitment for one-on-one literacy tutoring programs for low-income students at 20 Title I elementary schools in Baltimore. AmeriCorps members are anticipated to earn $259,875 in education awards.
- $433,681 for Civic Works Service Corps, based in Baltimore, which will support 110 AmeriCorps members improving public lands and complete energy efficiency retrofits. AmeriCorps members are anticipated to earn $251,927 in education awards.
- $4,788,863 for Notre Dame Mission Volunteers Program, Inc., based in Baltimore, which will support 495 AmeriCorps members tutoring disadvantaged children. AmeriCorps members are anticipated to earn $2,858,625 in education awards.
- $193,358 for Teach for America – Maryland, based in Baltimore, which will support 242 AmeriCorps members teaching in 115 Maryland schools serving low-income students. AmeriCorps members are anticipated to earn $1,397,550 in education awards.
- $30,382 for The Choice Programs, University of Maryland Baltimore County EAP, based in Baltimore, which will support 51 AmeriCorps members providing case management services to youths and their families from at-risk environments in the Baltimore-Washington Metro area. AmeriCorps members are anticipated to earn $294,525 in education awards.
- $364,415 for Volunteer Maryland, based in Baltimore, which will support 32 AmeriCorps members developing and improving volunteer programs. AmeriCorps members are anticipated to earn $184,800 in education awards.
- 13 half-time AmeriCorps and Refugee Corps members are anticipated to earn $37,538 in education awards for their work at the Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service recruiting and training new community volunteers to support cultural orientation services.
- 542 quarter-time AmeriCorps members are anticipated to earn $827,878 in education awards for their work at the University of Maryland Legacy Corps for Veterans and Military Families providing caregiver support services to veterans and military families
- 10 AmeriCorps members are anticipated to earn $57,750 in education awards for their work at the World Relief Refugee AmeriCorps Program assisting with integration and community engagement of refugees through financial literacy and health, as well as mental health, casework.
- 10 full-time AmeriCorps members are anticipated to earn $57,750 for their work at HIAS, Inc. facilitating access to services and resources for vulnerable refugees across the country.
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