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Governor’s Office on Service and Volunteerism Announces $4.6 Million in AmeriCorps Grants

ANNAPOLIS, MD – The Governor’s Office on Service and Volunteerism today announced that 21 Maryland organizations will receive more than $4.6 million in AmeriCorps grants from the Corporation for National and Community Service for initiatives taking place from August 15, 2018 to August 14, 2019. The grants will provide funding for living stipends for AmeriCorps members – individuals who will commit up to one year of service to support the mission of local organizations and improve Maryland communities.

“Service is a fundamental trait of all Marylanders, and the AmeriCorps program provides a unique opportunity for our citizens to dedicate time and talents to serving our communities,” said Van Brooks, Director of the Office on Service and Volunteerism. “Through funds provided by the Corporation for National and Community Service and generous donors, AmeriCorps members address issues of utmost importance to our state – changing Maryland for the better.”

AmeriCorps members engage in a variety of activities, such as tutoring kindergarten to third-grade students in essential reading skills; conducting mediation between incarcerated individuals and their family; installing building materials for new affordable housing developments; restoring wildlife habitats and trails in state parks; providing naloxone trainings and raising awareness of opiate addiction; and recruiting volunteers to increase the capacity of nonprofit organizations.

“The AmeriCorps program gives individuals the opportunity to serve our communities, while also receiving a stipend to offset the cost of living,” said Brooks. “Nonprofits and local agencies also benefit by having a corps of individuals dedicated to improving our communities.”

In addition to the $4.6 million in grant awards provided by the Office on Service and Volunteerism to the grantee organizations, grantees will also raise $7.5 million in non-federal matching funds generated from other sources. This funding will support various aspects of their program.

Upon completion of their service commitments, over $3.5 million in Segal AmeriCorps Education Awards will be given to AmeriCorps members serving in Maryland. These awards will be used to pay educational costs at eligible post-secondary educational institutions, as well as to repay qualified student loans.

For a detailed list of grantees and awards, visit http://gosv.maryland.gov/our-americorps-state-grantees.

2018-2019 Maryland AmeriCorps State Grantees

Grant Award
A STAR! In Western Maryland – Frostburg State University $392,273
AIM for Excellence – Civic Works, Inc. $319,926
The Community Art Collaborative – Maryland Institute College of Art $160,420
Community Mediation Corps – Community Mediation Maryland, Inc. $276,602
Conquering Opiate Abuse Together (COAT) – Frostburg State University $37,203
Experience Corps Baltimore – AARP Foundation $124,927
HabiCorps – Habitat for Humanity of the Chesapeake $149,320
Heroin and Opioid Prevention and Education (HOPE) Corps – Salisbury State University $53,226
Maryland Conservation Corps – Department of Natural Resources $325,463
Maryland Reading Corps – The Literacy Lab $279,999
New Americans Initiative for Maryland – CASA de Maryland $169,393
Playworks Maryland – Playworks Education Energized $152,031
Project CHANGE – George B. Thomas Sr. Learning Academy, Inc. $223,980
Promise Heights – University of Maryland, Baltimore $144,186
Reading Partners Maryland $299,836
Road Map AmeriCorps – Latin American Youth Center $134,129
Service Corps – Civic Works, Inc. $433,681
ShoreCorps – Salisbury State University $184,907
Teach for America Maryland $178,753
Thread, Inc. $208,691
Volunteer Maryland $364,312
Total $4,613,258

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