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Maine AmeriCorps Grants Announced

June 1st, 2006

Training Resource Center of Portland will receive a $256,000 National Direct grant to help fund the Emergency Response Corps, a tri-state AmeriCorps program aimed at emergency response and disaster preparedness. Twenty AmeriCorps Members located throughout Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont will assist rural communities with recruiting EMT and firefighter volunteers and will work to inform the public about emergency preparedness and response.

?The Training Resource Center could not be more pleased with this announcement. This grant will allow us to double the size of the current Emergency Response Corps, allowing us to extend this successful AmeriCorps program beyond Maine?s borders,? said Tom Nickerson, Executive Director of the Training Resource Center, ?We expect that the $256,000 in CNS grant funding will leverage approximately $160,000 in local match funding.?

Maine Conservation Corps supported by the Maine Department of Labor will also receive an AmeriCorps Competitive grant for $315,000 to fund 30 AmeriCorps Members in Maine. Members will provide environmental education in and out of schools, assist with resource protection activities, community outreach, and volunteer recruitment. The Maine Conservation Corps has been supporting AmeriCorps members since 1983.

?With this funding, we will be able to recruit, train and place AmeriCorps members with organizations that address issues relating to the environment such as conservation education, improving public property and promoting and leading volunteer opportunities. It is a very exciting opportunity for us and we look forward to continuing our work,? remarked Linda Shapleigh, Director of the Maine Conservation Corps.

"This year?s grant applications were extremely competitive. Having competed against hundreds of applicants nationwide, TRC and the Maine Conservation Corps should be very proud of bringing this funding to the people of Maine,? commented Maryalice Crofton, Executive Director of the Maine Commission for Community Service.

AmeriCorps is a network of national service programs that engages more than 50,000 Americans each year in intensive service to meet critical needs in education, public safety, health, and the environment. AmeriCorps members who complete a year of service are granted educational awards that can be applied towards future college tuition or current student loans. This year Maine?s AmeriCorps programs will leverage over $378,000 in college schoalrships for its members.

The programs listed above are currently recruiting members. If you or someone you know is interested in becoming an AmeriCorps Member or for additional information on AmeriCorps Programs, visit

The Maine Commission for Community Service is a 26 member Governor appointed board that is charged with fostering community service and volunteer initiatives in Maine. It is the primary state liaison for the Federal Corporation for National Community Service and administers AmeriCorps, Learn and Serve and Senior Corps programs throughout the state. To learn more about the Maine Commission for Community Service, visit or contact 287-8933 or

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Photo Caption Above: Members of the Maine Conservation Corps Crew Team Restore Sargent Mtn. Trail at Acadia National Park.