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Kansas Volunteer Commission announces $1.8 million in AmeriCorps funding

Posted: Jul 15, 2021
Author: Ann Bush

Grants will support 243 AmeriCorps members who help meet local needs

Kansas received more than $1.8 million in funding to help 243 AmeriCorps members meet local needs across the state, the Kansas Volunteer Commission announced Thursday, July 15.

The funding – which totals $1,886,765 – comes from AmeriCorps, the federal agency for national service and community volunteerism.

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 243 AmeriCorps members who will serve with nine AmeriCorps programs and one AmeriCorps planning grant across Kansas. AmeriCorps members will tackle some of the toughest problems in Kansas, including education, healthy futures, environmental stewardship and economic opportunity, Noble said.

The grants will support organizations operating in Kansas only. Those programs, and the grant amount they received, are:

AMERICORPS KANSAS PROGRAMS

SERVICE AREA

TOTAL

Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence

Hutchinson, Lawrence, Manhattan and Topeka

$725,462

Derby Unified School District 260

Derby

$195,172

Harvesters – The Community Food Network

16 counties in Northeast Kansas

$130,400

Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism

Statewide

$278,999

International Rescue Committee Inc. - Kansas Office for Refugees

Dodge City, Garden City, Kansas City and Wichita

$114,100

Lead for America

Statewide

$81,499

Rosedale Development Association

Kansas City

$57,603

United Way of Douglas County

Douglas County

$163,000

Wichita State University -Community Engagement Institute

Sedgwick County

$90,861

 

AMERICORPS PLANNING GRANTS

SERVICE AREA

TOTAL

Kansas City Teacher Residency

Johnson and Wyandotte counties

$49,669

 

“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.”

AmeriCorps will also provide Segal AmeriCorps Education Awards for AmeriCorps members funded by these grants. After completing a full term of service, AmeriCorps members receive an education award of about $6,300 that they can use to pay for college and vocational training or to pay back student loans.

Since 1994, more than 9,200 Kansas residents have served about 12 million hours through AmeriCorps, earning Segal AmeriCorps Education Awards totaling more than $27.6 million.

Those interested in joining AmeriCorps can learn more at JoinAmeriCorps.gov.

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The Kansas Volunteer Commission is a program of the Kansas State Department of Education (KSDE). 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 Commission directs effective national service programs, provides volunteer management training opportunities and supports the work of Mentor Kansas. For more information, visit www.kanserve.org.

AmeriCorps is the federal agency for volunteering, service and civic engagement. The agency engages millions of Americans in citizen service through its AmeriCorps and AmeriCorps Seniors programs and leads the nation's volunteering and service efforts. For more information, visit www.AmeriCorps.gov.

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