Grants will support 226 AmeriCorps members who help meet local needs
Kansas received more than $1.6 million in funding to help 226 AmeriCorps members meet local needs across the state, the Kansas Volunteer Commission announced Tuesday, Aug. 7.
The funding – which totals $1,607,087 – comes from the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), the federal agency responsible for AmeriCorps and other national service programs.
The Kansas Volunteer Commission is a governor-appointed state service commission that provides resources and leadership to support local initiatives that tackle community needs, said Jessica Noble, executive director of the organization.
These grants will support 226 AmeriCorps members who will serve with eight AmeriCorps programs across Kansas. AmeriCorps members will tackle some of the toughest problems in Kansas, including education, disaster services, health, environmental stewardship and economic opportunity, according to Noble.
The grants will support organizations operating in Kansas only. Those programs, and the grant amount they received, are:
Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence
Harvesters – The Community Food Network,
Topeka and Kansas City, Kansas
Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism, State of Kansas
Rosedale Development Association, Kansas City
United Way of Douglas County, Lawrence
Derby Unified School
Pratt USD 382
Kansas City, Kansas,
Public Schools USD 500
AmeriCorps’ unique model means that the grants announced will leverage an additional $1,113,482 from the private sector, foundations and other sources – further increasing the return on the federal investment, Noble said.
“National service is a strong force of community and social change in Kansas. The Kansas Volunteer Commission is proud of the impact AmeriCorps programs and their members make in our local communities,” she said.
CNCS also will provide Segal AmeriCorps Education Awards for the AmeriCorps members funded by these grants. After completing a full term of service, AmeriCorps members receive an education award of about $6,000 that they can use to pay for college and vocational training or to pay back student loans.
Since 1994, AmeriCorps members have provided more than 1.4 billion hours of service. These members have earned more than $3.6 billion in education scholarships, more than $1 billion of which has been used to pay back student debt.
Those interested in joining AmeriCorps can learn more at AmeriCorps.gov/Join.
The mission of the Kansas Volunteer Commission 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, provides volunteer management training opportunities and supports the work of Mentor Kansas. For more information, visit www.kanserve.org.
The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) is the federal agency for volunteering, service and civic engagement. The agency engages millions of Americans in citizen service through its AmeriCorps and Senior Corps programs and leads the nation's volunteering and service efforts. For more information, visit www.nationalservice.gov.
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