Mass. Service Alliance to Award $10M for AmeriCorps Programs
July 26, 2013 The Massachusetts Service Alliance, a nonprofit that serves as the state commission on community service and volunteerism, announced that nearly $10 million will be awarded to 19 AmeriCorps programs across the state for the 2013-2014 program year.
Twelve hundred AmeriCorps members will be engaged in service in many ways, including providing support to children from preschool through high school graduation, addressing environmental and land conservation needs, recruiting volunteers and strengthening the capacity of the nonprofit sector, and upgrading affordable housing for low-income families and for homeless and disabled veterans.
We are very proud and pleased that, in this highly competitive environment, we are able to support so many incredible AmeriCorps programs in Massachusetts, said Emily Haber, CEO of the Massachusetts Service Alliance
(MSA). Through this yearlong commitment to service, these AmeriCorps members will meet pressing local needs and strengthen our communities as they develop civic and leadership skills that will last a lifetime.
MSA also announced that one of its Springfield College AmeriCorps programs has been awarded additional support under the highly competitive School Turnaround AmeriCorps Initiative. This will allow Springfield College to expand the services they provide in nine of the 11 turnaround schools in the City of Springfield to improve student attendance, academic achievement, social-emotional health, and academic engagement.
The announcement of the School Turnaround Initiative came two days after President Obama created a new federal task force with representatives from cabinet agencies to identify additional ways that the public and private sectors can partner together to support national service as a strategy for tackling national priorities.
The current years AmeriCorps grant cycle was highly competitive, MSA said, due to the strong and growing demand by organizations seeking AmeriCorps resources. MSA-supported AmeriCorps programs received a total of 6,625 applications for 1,350 available slots last year.
According to the Corporation for National and Community Service, the federal agency that oversees AmeriCorps and other National Service Program for the country, only one out of three proposals were selected for funding. Demand is also strong from individuals wanting to serve.
Following are the 2013-2014 MSA-supported AmeriCorps grantees:
- Barnstable County AmeriCorps Cape Cod
- City of Boston Boston Promise Corps (including Boston Teacher Residency and Dudley Promise Corps)
- City Year Boston
- Citizen Schools
- Franklin County DIAL/SELF
- Just A Start Corporation - YouthBuild
- Mass Mentoring Partnership
- Massachusetts Office for Refugees and Immigrants
- Mount Grace Land Conservation Trust
- Northeastern University Massachusetts Promise Fellowship Program
- Phoenix Academy Charter School
- Springfield College
- Social Capital Inc.
- South Coastal Counties Legal Services
- Student Conservation Association
- United Teen Equality Center
- United Way of Massachusetts Bay
In Massachusetts, AmeriCorps last year served more than 6,500 children through education and/or youth development programming and 50 units of housing were built or rehabilitated for low-income individuals and families.