FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The Georgia Commission for Service and Volunteerism announces 2017 AmeriCorps grants

Funding will support more than 400 AmeriCorps members across the state

 

Atlanta, GA (August 4, 2017) – The Georgia Commission for Service and Volunteerism (GCSV), a state service commission housed within the Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA), announced today that Georgia has received more than $3.2 million in AmeriCorps funding from the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), the federal agency for volunteering and service programs.

 

“It’s so important to recognize and promote the role of volunteerism,” said DCA Commissioner Camila Knowles.  “Georgia’s communities rely on a broad range of assets to stay healthy, support job growth, and compete in the global economy, and a spirit of service is an invaluable resource.  I’m proud of the way GCSV encourages local youth to get involved and serve their communities.”

 

Due to strong demand for AmeriCorps resources, this year’s grant cycle was highly competitive.  The federal investment for Georgia includes 15 AmeriCorps grants to nonprofits, schools and local governments which will support more than 400 AmeriCorps members.  The 2017 competition prioritized investments in education, services for the disabled, and environmental stewardship.

 

Below is a listing of Georgia’s 2017 AmeriCorps grants:

 

City of Roswell

$74,146

Clayton State University AmeriCorps Program

$143,263

CISGA AmeriCorps Reading Tutorial Program (Communities in Schools)

$177,617

Covenant House Georgia AmeriCorps

$136,482

Georgia State Parks and Historic Sites AmeriCorps Program

$207,266

ESP AmeriCorps (Extra Special People)

$68,482

Georgia State University Technology, Engineering, Environment, Math & Science (TEEMS)

$175,909

Hands on Atlanta AmeriCorps

$378,749

Jekyll Island Authority – AmeriCorps Georgia Sea Turtle Center

$322,794

Leap Year AmeriCorps Program

$74,175

AmeriCorps Project RISE

$313,765

University of Georgia 4-H AmeriCorps Project

$484,050

AmeriCorps Project Health Access – United Way of Metro Atlanta

$262,921

Youth Villages AmeriCorps Program

$312,327

Teach for America

$63,500

 

“This year, AmeriCorps members will tackle some of the toughest problems facing our communities,” said Linda Thompson, Executive Director of GCSV.  “Whether it’s tutoring students who may be at risk of failing, helping veterans receive services they need, creating a safe and productive environment for homeless youth, teaching citizens about environmental stewardship, or providing services for the disabled, these grants will enable AmeriCorps members to help meet local needs while developing the civic and leadership skills that are important to growing communities.”

 

Nationally, AmeriCorps engages more than 80,000 members each year to serve in intensive service through nonprofit, faith-based, and community organizations.  These members help communities address issues locally, and recruit millions of volunteers for the organizations they serve.  Georgia organizations are starting to recruit 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 www.americorps.gov/join.

 

CONTACT:          

MaryBrown Sandys, Director of Marketing & Communications

Georgia Department of Community Affairs

(o) 404-679-0661

MaryBrown.Sandys@dca.ga.gov

 

Linda Thompson, GCSV Director

Georgia Department of Community Affairs

(o) 404-679-1584

Linda.Thompson@dca.ga.gov

 

 

About the Georgia Commission for Service and Volunteerism
The Georgia Commission for Service and Volunteerism is part of the Georgia Department of Community Affairs. Its mission is to promote service and volunteerism in Georgia through AmeriCorps national service grants, community volunteer recognition, and support of local volunteer organizations and efforts.  For more information, visit www.americorpsga.org.    

About the Georgia Department of Community Affairs

The Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA) partners with communities to create a climate of success for Georgia’s families and businesses through community and economic development, local government assistance, and safe and affordable housing. Using state and federal resources, DCA helps communities spur private job creation, implement planning, develop downtowns, generate affordable housing solutions, and promote volunteerism. DCA also helps qualified low- and moderate- income Georgians buy homes, rent housing, and prevent foreclosure and homelessness. For more information, visit www.dca.ga.gov.

 

 

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