Sens. Tom Carper and Chris Coons and Rep. Lisa Blunt-Rochester announced Delaware has received $1.4 million in AmeriCorps funding from the Corporation for National and Community Service, the federal agency for volunteering and service programs.
"AmeriCorps volunteers make a difference in our communities and help change lives for the better," Carper said. "I'm proud to join our Congressional delegation to congratulate the Delaware organizations that received AmeriCorps funding and to thank the scores of AmeriCorps volunteers in all three counties who dedicate their lives to serving others. Today is a day to be thankful because this relatively small federal investment will help many Delaware families and children in a big way. I would be remiss, however, if I did not mention that President Trump's budget proposal calls for the elimination of AmeriCorps. I will continue to urge Republicans and Democrats in Congress to stand up for our values and to protect AmeriCorps from these harmful and misguided cuts."
“This is outstanding news for Delaware and for the organizations involved,” Coons said. “I’ve seen firsthand AmeriCorps' positive impact in Delaware and across the country and in addition to addressing critical community needs during their time of service, AmeriCorps members are undoubtedly left with a strong connection to their community after participating in the program and often pursue public service careers later in life.”
"In Delaware, we see the broad impact that engaged volunteers have on our state every single day," Blunt-Rochester said. "This funding provided by the Corporation for National and Community service for AmeriCorps will help to ensure that we are matching the right resources to the most impactful programs. The organizations receiving these resources deserve recognition for their outstanding initiatives and I am confident that AmeriCorps volunteers will continue to make Delaware proud.”
The federal investment includes five grants totaling $800,537, which will support 142 AmeriCorps members. AmeriCorps members will tackle some of the tougher problems in Delaware, teaching students in rural and urban schools, supporting environmental stewardship efforts, leading summer reading programs and supporting workplace development and housing services.
CNCS will provide up to $588,915 in education scholarships for the AmeriCorps members funded by these grants to help pay for college, vocational training, or pay back student loans. The federal investment is projected to generate an additional $2.3 million in local support to increase community impact and return on federal investment.
The federal investment also includes $644,966 for the Delaware Governor's Commission on Community & Volunteer Service. Later this summer, this state service commission will make additional grants to support AmeriCorps programs in the state.
This year’s AmeriCorps grant cycle was competitive, with a continuing level of strong demand by nonfaith and faith-based organizations seeking AmeriCorps resources. The 2017 competition prioritized investments in economic opportunity, education, governor and mayor initiatives, veterans and military families, disaster services and initiatives to build safer communities.
Organizations to receive AmeriCorps competitive grants in Delaware are Ministry of Caring, Delaware Habitat AmeriCorps, AmeriCorps State Parks Partners, Teach for America
For information, visit nationalservice.gov.