Landrieu Announces More Than $3M in AmeriCorps Grants for La.

June 1, 2010

Funds will benefit four La. service organizations.

WASHINGTON — U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu, D-La., today announced $3 million in AmeriCorps grants for four Louisiana service organizations. Operation REACH, Inc., City Year, Inc., Louisiana Delta Service Corps and the St. Bernard Project all were approved for an AmeriCrops grant by the Corporation for National and Community Service. The grants will support a total of 342 AmeriCorps members in Louisiana.

“As a region that has endured numerous major hurricanes and now the Gulf Oil spill, we truly value the importance of community service as it is a vital part of our recovery efforts,” said Sen. Landrieu. “Many of the organizations receiving AmeriCorps grants are dedicated to disaster recovery, whether it be physically rebuilding the houses that still lay in ruins or helping to strengthen our educational system by offering after-school programming.”

The grants, the first made under the bipartisan Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act passed last year, focus AmeriCorps resources on five key areas: strengthening education, improving health, meeting environmental and energy efficiency needs, assisting veterans and military families, and fostering economic opportunity. Sen. Landrieu was a leading advocate of this legislation that Congress passed in 2009.

In addition to grant dollars, the Corporation is setting aside funding to pay for Segal AmeriCorps Education Awards for individuals who will serve in positions funded by these grants. After completing a full term of service, AmeriCorps members receive an education award of $5,350 that they can use to pay for college or to pay off student loans.

AmeriCorps is a national service program that engages Americans of all ages and backgrounds in service to meet critical needs. AmeriCorps engages more than 85,000 people each year in intensive, results-driven service through more than 3,000 nonprofits across the country. Since 1994, more than 634,000 Americans have provided more than 775 million hours of service to their communities and country through AmeriCorps.

The following service organizations in Louisiana received AmeriCorps grants:

•$900,000 for City Year, Inc. to provide targeted tutoring and after school programs for Baton Rouge and New Orleans.
•$585,004 for Louisiana Delta Service Corps to focus on the needs of the poor and the first response for disaster recovery.
•$830,088 for St. Bernard Project to help rebuild homes, specifically in the Lower 9th, Gentilly and Mid City.
•$430,171 for Operation REACH, Inc. to provide out of school activities for at-risk youth in greater New Orleans.
•$389,731 for Operation REACH, Inc. members serving in the Gulfsouth Youth Action Corps to provide regions affected by Hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Wilma with programs to help with educational, recreational, mental, and social challenges.

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