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Kansas Volunteer Commission announces $1.3 million in AmeriCorps funding

Posted: Aug 24, 2017
Author: Ann Bush

Funding will support 183 AmeriCorps members who help meet local needs

TOPEKA – Kansas received more than $1.3 million in AmeriCorps funding from the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), the Kansas Volunteer Commission (KVC) announced Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2017.

The total amount Kansas received from CNCS, which is the federal agency for volunteering and service programs, is $1,351,244, KVC executive director Jessica Noble said.

These grants will support 183 AmeriCorps members who will serve with the eight AmeriCorps programs across Kansas.

In addition to the grant funding, CNCS will make available $568,793 in education scholarships for the AmeriCorps members to help pay for college and vocational training or pay back student loans. After completing 1,700 hours of service, AmeriCorps members each can earn an education award of up to $5,815.

AmeriCorps members will tackle critical challenges in Kansas by providing education experiences for children and adults; helping individuals find affordable housing and stable employment; providing nutrition education and access to food; and improving public lands at state parks and local communities.

“National service is a strong force of community and social change in Kansas,” Noble said. “The Kansas Volunteer Commission is proud of the impact AmeriCorps programs and their members make in our local communities.”

Below is a listing of the 2017 Kansas AmeriCorps programs: 

•    Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence, Lawrence 
AmeriCorps members develop and implement academic enrichment activities during and after school that complement school curricula. (Fifty-two members)

•    Harvesters – The Community Food Network, Topeka and Kansas City
AmeriCorps members educate and engage volunteers on the issue of hunger and empower families with additional food resources such as Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) applications. (Five members)

•    Kansas City, Kansas, Public Schools, Kansas City
AmeriCorps members provide academic enrichment, youth development, and recreational activities before school, after school and during the summer. (Twenty-three members)

•    Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism, State of Kansas
AmeriCorps members help with environmental and outdoor recreational activities; develop and present public programs related to outdoor opportunities, safety and education; and help with disaster recovery. (Seventy-one members)

•    Rosedale Development Association, Kansas City
AmeriCorps members help build a healthier community by providing community and schoolyard gardening programs, nutrition classes, literacy and youth sports programs, health-focused community events and minor home repair services for seniors. (Twelve members)

•    United Way of Douglas County, Lawrence
AmeriCorps members help residents improve health, increase financial stability, and find safe, affordable housing.  (Twenty members)
Below is a listing of the 2017 Kansas AmeriCorps planning programs: 

•    Topeka Habitat for Humanity, Topeka

•    Wichita State University – Community Engagement Initiative, Wichita 

Organizations are currently recruiting for AmeriCorps members to begin service this fall. AmeriCorps members typically receive a modest living stipend and a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award, or scholarship, upon completion of their service. The award can be used to pay for future education costs or to pay back student loans. Those interested in serving can learn more by visiting americorps.gov/join.

Since the program’s inception in 1994, more than 1 million men and women have served in AmeriCorps, providing more than 1.4 billion hours of service. These members have earned more than $3.3 billion in education scholarships, more than $1 billion of which has been used to pay back student loan debt. 
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The mission of the Kansas Volunteer Commission (KVC) is to empower all Kansans to meet community needs through service. The Commission's primary role is to provide resources and leadership to support local initiatives that tackle community needs. As the state service commission, the KVC directs effective national service programs, supports statewide mentoring efforts, and leads volunteer engagement training opportunities. For more information, visit www.kanserve.org.

AmeriCorps is administered by the Corporation for National and Community Service, a federal agency that engages millions of Americans in service through AmeriCorps, Senior Corps, and the Volunteer Generation Fund, and leads volunteer initiatives for the nation. For more information, visit www.NationalService.gov.
 

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