Idaho Receives More than $1.2 Million in Funding for AmeriCorps Programs

NEWS RELEASE

For Immediate Release: Aug. 6, 2019
Information Contact: Renee Bade, (208) 332-3578 ext. 4061 or renee.bade@labor.idaho.gov

Serve Idaho, the Governor’s Commission on Service and Volunteerism has received a $1,227,364 grant from the Corporation for National and Community Service to fund AmeriCorps programs in 2019-2020. The grants will support the service of 177 AmeriCorps members statewide.

Grants have been awarded to:

  • Idaho State University: Idaho Healthcare for Children and Families AmeriCorps Program, $467,928 to fund 76 AmeriCorps members who will address health needs of Idaho’s low-income children and families in rural underserved areas of Idaho by providing health screenings and education.
  • 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 and impact rural Idaho communities with educational outreach and volunteer engagement.
  • Palouse Clearwater Environmental Institute: Palouse-Clearwater Environmental AmeriCorps Program, $273,375 to fund 18 AmeriCorps members who will be placed on projects providing environmental education to Idahoans, conducting environmental restoration on Idaho lands.
  • Boise State University Service-Learning: $58,611 to fund 17 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 $298,810 to fund 38 AmeriCorps members who will work with 4-H extension offices in 38 counties to improve academic engagement or social emotional-skills in youth from 5-18 years old.

AmeriCorps members give a year of intensive service, on a full-time or part-time basis. They receive a modest living stipend and education award that can be used to pay for college or to pay back qualified student loans.  In 2018, the Corporation for National and Community Service committed more than $5.5 million to support Idaho communities through national service initiatives. This federal investment leveraged more than $3.3 million in other resources to strengthen community impact, build local support and increase return on taxpayer dollars.

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 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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