State announces 800 AmeriCorps service projects

The AmeriCorps program, which helps many organizationscorp-for-national-and- across Missouri, is getting a new round of volunteers.

Gov. Jay Nixon today announced that more than $4 million will be available to 21 Missouri organizations this year through the Corporation for National and Community Service. That will fund 802 AmeriCorps members who will dedicate a year of their lives to tutoring and mentoring youth, assisting veterans and military families, facilitating health education programs, preserving the state’s natural resources through environmental stewardship projects, helping communities respond to and recover from disasters, and other service projects.

“Volunteering our time and talents builds character while meeting critical challenges in our communities,” said Gov. Nixon.  “These AmeriCorps Members will help strengthen communities as they develop civic and leadership skills to last a lifetime.  I congratulate these outstanding organizations and thank all those who serve their communities through AmeriCorps.”

Among the Kansas City area agencies included: Harvesters, the Community Food Network; Jumpstart for Young Children; Metropolitan Lutheran Ministries; Teach for America; the Literacy Lab; and the YMCA of Greater Kansas City.

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