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Proposals sought for new AmeriCorps programs

Press Release Date:  Tuesday, July 10, 2007  
Contact Information:  Lisa Wallace, (502) 564-6786, ext. 4013  


FRANKFORT, Ky. (July 10, 2007) -- The Kentucky Commission on Community Volunteerism and Service in the Cabinet for Health and Family Services has issued a call for proposals for new AmeriCorps programs. Funding is available for programs of 10 or more members to address a range of unmet community needs.

AmeriCorps, often called the domestic Peace Corps, is a national service program providing opportunities for members to engage in community service.

Kentucky currently hosts 11 active AmeriCorps programs that provide a variety of services, from tutoring at-risk students, helping the homeless and meeting needs of aging residents so they can remain independent as long as possible, to training residents in disaster and emergency preparedness and helping youth develop leadership skills.

Upon completing 1,700 hours of service, full-time AmeriCorps members are eligible for educational awards worth $4,725 that can be used for tuition or to pay off student loans. Members also receive a modest living allowance and health insurance. Child care may be provided for those eligible.

Groups eligible for AmeriCorps program grants include non-profit organizations with 501(C)3 tax status, schools, local governments and state agencies interested in mobilizing more volunteers, ensuring a brighter future for America’s youth, engage students in their communities and harnessing the experience of baby boomers.

For more information, visit the KCCVS AmeriCorps grants Web site at http://chfs.ky.gov/dhss/kccvs/americorps/grantinfo.htm.

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Last Updated 7/10/2007