Idaho Receives More than $1.1 Million for AmeriCorps Programs

NEWS RELEASE

For Immediate Release: Aug. 7, 2018
Information Contact:  Renee Bade, (208) 332-3578 ext. 4061

Serve Idaho, the Governor’s Commission on Service and Volunteerism has received a $1,164,578 grant from the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) to fund Idaho AmeriCorps programs in 2018-2019. The grants will support the service of 155 AmeriCorps members statewide. AmeriCorps members give a year of intensive service on a full-time or part-time basis.

Grants have been awarded to:

Idaho State University – Idaho Healthcare for Children and Families AmeriCorps Program
$386,755 to fund 66 AmeriCorps members as health advocates for the children and families in Head Start. Members conduct basic health screenings for the children, help families navigate the health care system and provide them with valuable community resources.

Student Conservation Association – Student Conservation Association Idaho AmeriCorps Program
$178,640 to fund 28 AmeriCorps members working full time from May through October in a residential AmeriCorps program in the Salmon-Challis National Forest. Through hands-on conservation service projects and professional training, AmeriCorps members enhance their field skills and career opportunities while impacting rural Idaho communities through educational outreach and volunteer engagement.

Palouse Clearwater Environmental Institute – Palouse-Clearwater Environmental AmeriCorps Program
$208,985 to fund 14 AmeriCorps members placed with agencies to address environmental conservation, sustainable living and rural community needs throughout Idaho.

Lewis-Clark State College – Lewis-Clark Service Corps
$304,451 to fund 32 AmeriCorps members who will serve as tutors and mentors to kindergarten through 12th grade students in northern Idaho schools.

Boise State University Service-Learning
$50,747 to fund 15 AmeriCorps members who will provide literacy tutoring in the Boise School District and throughout the Treasure Valley.

University of Idaho Extension – 4-H Youth Development Program
$35,000 in planning grant funds provided to build a statewide AmeriCorps program focused on building afterschool programming throughout Idaho. 

AmeriCorps members receive a modest living stipend and education award that can be used to pay for college or to pay back qualified student loans. Members tutor and mentor children, support veterans and military families, provide health services, restore the environment, respond to disasters, increase economic opportunity and recruit and manage volunteers. This year, the CNCS will commit more than $5.5 million to support Idaho communities through national service initiatives. This federal investment leverages more than $3.3 million in other resources to strengthen community impact, build local support and increase taxpayer return.

Serve Idaho is a division of the Idaho Department of Labor. The commission administers Idaho’s AmeriCorps programs, Idaho’s Promise, the Idaho’s Brightest Star Awards and hosts the annual Serve Idaho Conference on Service and Volunteerism. Serve Idaho encourages voluntary public service and volunteerism throughout the state and is funded in part by the Corporation for National and Community Service and the Idaho Department of Labor.

More information about Serve Idaho and AmeriCorps service opportunities is at serveidaho.gov.

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