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Lt. Gov. Garcia announces more than $1 million in AmeriCorps grants

Lt. Gov. Joseph A. Garcia announced today that four organizations in Colorado have received AmeriCorps grants from the Corporation for National and Community Service.

The grants will support more than 359 AmeriCorps members across the state who will engage in numerous activities including tutoring, energy and water conservation, preserving and protecting Colorado’s natural resources, and providing learning opportunities for preschoolers and their families.

Serve Colorado - Governor’s Commission on Community Service, will distribute more than $1,030,361 million in funding to the following organizations:
 

  • Colorado Parent and Child Foundation $260,000 38 AmeriCorps Members

Contact: Melissa Kelly; 303-860-6000

  • Year One Inc., dba Mile High Youth Corps $736,280 158 AmeriCorps Members

Contact: Kelly Causey; 303-433-1206, option 2, x225

  • Colorado Youth Corps Association $31,585 151 AmeriCorps Members

Contact: Jennifer Freeman; 303-863-0602

  • United Methodist Church of Center $2,496 12 AmeriCorps Members

Contact: Yvonne Morfitt; 719-256-4662
 

In July, Serve Colorado will announce additional AmeriCorps grants supported by $2,437,386 in AmeriCorps formula funding.

“Citizen service is an essential part of the solution to many of the social challenges facing our communities,” said Lt. Gov. Garcia. “These AmeriCorps members will meet pressing local needs and strengthen our communities as they develop civic and leadership skills that can last a lifetime.”

The current year’s AmeriCorps grant cycle was highly competitive, due to the strong and growing demand by organizations seeking AmeriCorps resources. Organizations requested nearly twice the number of grant dollars and AmeriCorps positions than could be funded. “I congratulate this year’s grantees for rising to the top in a highly competitive year,” said John Gomperts, Director of AmeriCorps. “These organizations will increase their reach and impact on meeting local needs through the infusion of dedicated AmeriCorps members.”

On a national level, AmeriCorps engages 80,000 Americans of all ages and backgrounds in service to meet critical needs. Its members serve through more than 14,000 nonprofit and faith-based organizations in rural and urban communities throughout the nation. Among other accomplishments, AmeriCorps members last year mobilized 2.6 million community volunteers, and tutored, mentored or served more than 2.5 million disadvantaged youth.

Since 1994, more than 700,000 Americans have provided more than 860 million hours of service to their communities and country through AmeriCorps. More than 23,000 Colorado residents have served more than 17 million hours and have qualified for Segal AmeriCorps Education Awards totaling more than $40,100,000. Currently, more than 14,000 citizens of all ages and backgrounds serve in CNCS programs such as Senior Corps, AmeriCorps or Learn and Serve America in Colorado.

AmeriCorps is a national service program administered by the Corporation for National and Community Service that engages Americans of all ages and backgrounds in service to meet critical needs. Members tutor and mentor youth, expand health services, build affordable housing, run after-school programs, support veterans, help communities respond to disasters, and recruit and train volunteers. Interested individuals can learn about available opportunities and apply online by visiting AmeriCorps.gov.

Serve Colorado strives to build a culture of citizenship, service, and responsibility in Colorado. Serve Colorado operates under the leadership of a board of sixteen Commissioners to distribute and administer Colorado’s allocation of AmeriCorps*State funding from the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS). For more information on AmeriCorps and other programs and other programs, contact Serve Colorado at 303-866-6426 or visit colorado.gov/gccs.