Maryland, Baltimore Ranked in Top 10 AmeriStates, AmeriCities by Corporation for National and Community Service
ANNAPOLIS, MD – The Governor’s Office on Service and Volunteerism today joined the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) in announcing Maryland as a top 10 AmeriState and Baltimore a top 10 AmeriCity. The announcement was made following the release of an annual report by the Corporation for National and Community Service which ranks communities based on the number of AmeriCorps members per capita.
“Our administration is proud of this outstanding achievement for Baltimore City and Maryland,” said Governor Larry Hogan. “AmeriCorps members devote their time, energy, and expertise to serving our communities and addressing the important issues that affect our state, and today’s announcement further illustrates the commitment of our citizens to changing Maryland for the better and making a difference in the world.”
There are approximately 75,000 AmeriCorps members serving in nearly 22,000 AmeriCorps programs throughout the country. AmeriCorps members commit up to one year of service to support the mission of local organizations and engage in a variety of activities addressing one or more of five focus areas; disaster services, economic opportunity, education, environmental stewardship, and healthy futures. Upon completion of their service commitment, AmeriCorps members are eligible to apply for a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award which can be used to pay educational costs at eligible post-secondary educational institutions, as well as to repay qualified student loans.
“AmeriCorps members have long been an important part of the volunteer community in Maryland, serving in various capacities throughout the state,” said Van Brooks, Director of the Governor’s Office on Service and Volunteerism. “AmeriCorps members, ‘Get Things Done’ – leaving an incredible impact on the organizations and communities they serve.”
For the upcoming 2018 – 2019 service year, the Governor’s Office on Service and Volunteerism has awarded $4.6 million in Competitive and Formula AmeriCorps grants to fund 21 AmeriCorps programs hosting nearly 1,000 AmeriCorps members throughout the state.
For a full list of awardees and information on the programs visit: http://gosv.maryland.gov/our-americorps-state-grantees/.
For more information on the announcement visit: https://www.nationalservice.gov/programs/americorps/ameristates-and-americities