Sens. Tom Carper and Chris Coons and Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester announced June 29 that Delaware received $1.7 million, a $300,000 increase from last year, in AmeriCorps funding from the Corporation for National and Community Service, the federal agency for volunteering and service programs.

“For decades, AmeriCorps volunteers have dedicated their lives to serving others, of making a difference in our communities and helping change lives for the better,” said Carper. “I’m proud that these programs will have the resources necessary to continue to help Delawareans — particularly children — in all three counties in the First State, and I am especially grateful to the scores of AmeriCorps volunteers who are dedicated to serving the greater good and improving lives here in Delaware and across the country.”

“Having founded a number of AmeriCorps programs, I’ve witnessed the incredible impact AmeriCorps' positive power in Delaware and across the country," said Coons. "Key Delaware agencies, such as Habitat for Humanity, Ministry of Caring, Summer Learning Collaborative and Teach for America, help Delaware’s families on a micro-level. From fighting the ‘summer slide’ in education, to providing assistance to the food-insecure, to building simple, decent, affordable homes, the AmeriCorps members will get it done. The increased funding from the Corporation for National and Community Service will allow our state to broaden community impact through service.”

“As Delaware’s former Deputy Secretary for Health and Social Services, I’ve seen firsthand the broad impact AmeriCorps and its dedicated volunteers have on the First State every single day,” said Blunt Rochester. "The increased funding provided by the Corporation for National and Community service for AmeriCorps will help to ensure that we are matching the right resources to the most impactful programs. The organizations receiving these resources deserve recognition for their outstanding initiatives, and I look forward to the great work that AmeriCorps members will continue to deliver in Delaware.”

The federal investment includes four grants of $583,000 which will support 125 AmeriCorps members. After successfully completing their service, these AmeriCorps members are expected to earn $495,949 in Segal AmeriCorps Education Awards, a post-service benefit that can be used to cover the costs of post-secondary education or help pay back qualified student loans.

The federal investment announced today also includes $688,419 for the Delaware Governor's Commission on Community & Volunteer Service. Later this summer, this state service commission will make additional grants to support AmeriCorps programs in the state.

This year’s AmeriCorps grant cycle was highly competitive, with a continuing level of strong demand by non-faith- and faith-based organizations seeking AmeriCorps resources. The 2018 competition prioritized investments in economic opportunity, education, governor and mayor initiatives, veterans and military families, disaster services and initiatives to build safer communities.

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