Friday, June 19, 2015

DENVER – Friday, June 19, 2015 – Lt. Gov. Joe Garcia announced today 15 organizations in Colorado will receive $4.8 million through AmeriCorps grants from the Corporation for National and Community Service.

The 18 grants awarded to 15 Colorado organizations will support more than 1,100 AmeriCorps members across the state who will engage in numerous activities including energy and water conservation, increasing literacy rates in children and providing learning opportunities for preschoolers and their families. 

“AmeriCorps members have served Colorado's children, families and communities very well over the years, improving the education and quality of life for thousands of or most vulnerable residents.” said Garcia  “We are grateful to the Corporation for National and Community Service for these grants that will place AmeriCorps members in even more organizations and communities to make Colorado a better and stronger state.”

Serve Colorado - Governor’s Commission on Community Service will distribute $4,875,645 million in funding to the following grantees:



Colorado Parent and Child Foundation

$284,902

49 AmeriCorps Members

Denver Public Schools Math Fellows Program

$182,122

40 AmeriCorps Members

Denver Public Schools Urban Education Corps

$279,200

349 AmeriCorps Members

Colorado Reading Corps- Mile High United Way

$693,440

55 AmeriCorps Members

Colorado Youth Corps Association

$1,394,489

346 AmeriCorps Members

Boomers Leading Change in Health

$157,669

24 AmeriCorps Members

United Way of Larimer County, Reading Corps

$343,240

25 AmeriCorps Members

Colorado Youth for a Change

$273,326

20 AmeriCorps Members

La Puente Home, Inc.

$257,264

30 AmeriCorps Members

Partners in Routt County

$143,782

11 AmeriCorps Members

Colorado State University Extension Program

$210,338

25 AmeriCorps Members

Southern Ute Community Action Program

$192,220

18 AmeriCorps Members

Mountain Valley School District

$163,553

12 AmeriCorps Members

Denver Public Schools

$40,000

100 AmeriCorps Members

 

     PLANNING GRANTS


Colorado Mentoring Partnership

$55,552

Career Building Academy

$71,557

Metro Denver Homeless Initiative

$74,792

Colorado Reading Corps Expansion

$58,199

On a national level, AmeriCorps engages 75,000 Americans of all ages and backgrounds in service to meet critical needs. Its members serve through more than 15,000 nonprofit and faith-based organizations in rural and urban communities throughout the nation.  Among other accomplishments, AmeriCorps members last year mobilized 4 million community volunteers, and tutored, mentored or served more than 5.2 million disadvantaged youth.

Since 1994, more than 900,000 Americans have provided more than 1 billion hours of service to their communities and country through AmeriCorps.  More than 25,000 Colorado residents have served more than 23 million hours and have qualified for Segal AmeriCorps Education Awards totaling more than $53,990,000.  Currently, more than 12,000 citizens of all ages and backgrounds serve in CNCS programs such as Senior Corps, AmeriCorps or the Social Innovation Fund 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.  

About Serve Colorado

Serve Colorado, the Governor’s Commission on Community Service, strives to build a culture of civic engagement across Colorado by working in partnership with a vast array of community based organizations. As the state agency of the national AmeriCorps program, Serve Colorado provides staffing and funding for 15 community based programs including environmental stewardship, academic tutoring, youth mentoring, economic opportunity, and other initiatives designed to help communities thrive. Additionally, Serve Colorado directly oversees the Colorado Reads and One Book 4 Colorado literacy initiatives, and promotes volunteerism through four Days of Service held annually. Learn more at www.servecolorado.org.

AmeriCorps is administered by the Corporation for National and Community Service, a federal agency that engages more than five million Americans in service through AmeriCorps, Senior Corps, the Social Innovation Fund, and the Volunteer Generation Fund, and leads the President's national call to service initiative, United We Serve. For more information, visit www.NationalService.gov.

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