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Portland Non-Profit Receives $1.5 Million AmeriCorps Grant

January 18th, 2006

Community Response Corps currently supports youth based community service and service learning activities in Southern Maine, but under grant guidelines will expand statewide and provide additional services aimed toward preventative health care, home energy conservation and affordable housing. The program works in conjunction with AmeriCorps ? a national community service initiative placing members in communities in need. The monies awarded to TRC will support 43 full time AmeriCorps members throughout the state.

?TRC is a proven partner in delivering essential services to several communities and we are very excited to be able to provide them with the opportunity to expand to the entire state of Maine on these successful strategies,? said Commission Chair, Paula Gagnon.

The grant announced today was part of the AmeriCorps state competition, in which organizations are nominated by the Maine Commission for Community Service for federal funding. The process is very competitive as Maine receives limited funding for its AmeriCorps programs.

?We are delighted in the confidence the Maine Commission for Community Service has in TRC by awarding this grant to us. It represents a dramatic shift in the way AmeriCorps is administered in Maine, and we are up to the challenge to make sure as many Maine communities as possible have the opportunity to participate in and benefit from this great volunteer initiative,? said Tom Nickerson, TRC?s Executive Director.

Nickerson went on to say that the program is recruiting host sites for AmeriCorps members in northern, western and eastern Maine and encouraged all interested parties to contact the Training Resource Center at (207) 775-5891, ext. 428.

The grantor, Maine Commission for Community Service, is a 26 member board appointed by the Governor to foster community service and volunteerism in Maine. It serves as the state liaison for the Corporation for National and Community Service, administering AmeriCorps grants and overseeing AmeriCorps, Senior Corps and Learn and Serve programs in Maine.

For more information on the Maine Commission for Community Service, visit www.maineservicecommission.gov or contact 207.287.8933 or service.commission@maine.gov.

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Photo Caption: Steve Niles, Program Director of Community Response Corps is congratulated by MCCS Chair, Paula Gagnon.