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AmeriCorps meeting needs through 11 state programs - 225 AmeriCorps members engaged in broad array of service projects

Press Release Date:  Friday, June 22, 2007  
Contact Information:  Lisa Wallace, (502) 564-6786, ext. 4013  


FRANKFORT, Ky. (June 22, 2007) – More than $2.7 million in grants from the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) will fund 11 state AmeriCorps programs throughout Kentucky for the 2007-08 program year, beginning in September.

The grants were awarded to the Kentucky Commission on Community Volunteerism and Service in the Cabinet for Health and Family Services, which administers the state AmeriCorps program. Kentucky’s CNCS grants to AmeriCorps programs are matched on the local level at a rate of 33-55 percent, with local match rates increasing each year programs receive funding. All but three AmeriCorps state programs funded for the 2007-08 term are continuation programs.

Among the 11 state AmeriCorps programs, 225 AmeriCorps members will be assigned to service projects ranging from tutoring children, counseling the homeless and helping aging Kentuckians remain independent, to building capacity for agencies serving low-income clients and recruiting volunteers to respond in times of disaster.

New and returning AmeriCorps members serving in 2007-08 state programs will be inducted at a ceremony Oct. 5 on the steps of the State Capitol. The ceremony begins at 3:30 p.m. and is open to the public.

AmeriCorps members will be eligible for $1 million in education vouchers after completing their terms of service. Since 1994, Kentucky AmeriCorps members have qualified for more than $14 million in education vouchers for college or technical school tuition or to pay off student loans.

For more information about AmeriCorps in Kentucky, please contact KCCVS by calling toll-free 1-800-239-7404 or visit the Web site at www.volunteerKY.ky.gov.

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Editor’s note: For more information on local programs, please contact Lisa Wallace at (502) 564-6786, ext. 4013.

2007-08 Kentucky AmeriCorps Programs

Every 1 Reads – Louisville/Jefferson County
Sponsor: Jefferson County Public Schools
Number of members: 10 full-time

FRYSC Corps – Southeastern Kentucky
Sponsor:
Northern Kentucky Cooperative for Educational Services
Number of members: 25 full-time

Getting Things Done for Kentucky’s Homeless – Statewide
Sponsor:
Homeless and Housing Coalition of Kentucky
Number of members: 28 full-time

Homeland Security Corps – Green River Area (Daviess, Hancock, Henderson, McLean, Ohio, Union, Webster counties)
Sponsor:
Green River Area Development District
Number of members: 10 full-time

Louisville Metro AmeriCorps Program – Louisville/Jefferson County
Sponsor:
Louisville Metro Community Action Partnership
Number of members: 10 full-time, 20 half-time

MSU Corps (new program) – Northeastern Kentucky
Sponsor:
Morehead State University
Number of members: 19 full-time

Prevent. Prepare. Respond (new program) – Louisville/Jefferson County
Sponsor
: American Red Cross, Louisville Chapter
Number of members: 10 full-time

Senior Connections – Green River Area (Daviess, Hancock, Henderson, McLean, Ohio, Union, Webster counties)
Sponsor:
Green River Area Development District
Number of members: 20 full-time

SERV Corps – Eastern Kentucky
Sponsor:
Eastern Kentucky University
Number of members: 30 full-time

SUCCESS Corps (new program) – Eastern Kentucky
Sponsor:
Northern Kentucky Cooperative for Educational Services
Number of members: 20 full-time

The Learning Corps – Western Kentucky
Sponsor:
Barren County School District
Number of members: 23 full-time

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Last Updated 6/22/2007