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Maine Commission for Community Service Announces AmeriCorps Grant of $331,557

June 1st, 2009

Augusta- The Maine Commission for Community Service announced today that the Maine Conservation Corps, which operates across the state of Maine, will receive $331,557 in AmeriCorps grants from the Corporation for National and Community Service.  The grants will support a total of 68 AmeriCorps members who will meet vital needs across the state including volunteer generation, trail building, and environmental education.

“AmeriCorps members are getting things done and strengthening communities across Maine,” said Maryalice Crofton, Executive Director for the Maine Commission for Community Service. “In this time of economic hardship, service and volunteering is more important than ever.  These AmeriCorps members and the volunteers they mobilize will provide a vital boost to nonprofits that are meeting the critical needs of our state.”

The Maine Conservation Corps was selected in a highly competitive national process after being recommended by the Maine Commission for Community Service, which plays a key role in promoting volunteering and administering AmeriCorps programs in Maine.  Later this summer, the Maine Commission for Community Service will announce additional AmeriCorps formula grants to other organizations in Maine .

On a national level, AmeriCorps will support nearly 75,000 positions through regular 2009 funding, plus an additional 13,000 positions funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.  AmeriCorps engages people in intensive, results-driven service through more than 4,100 nonprofits across the country.  Since 1994, more than 574,000 men and women have provided more than 718 million hours of service to their communities and country through AmeriCorps. More than 3,500 Maine residents have given 5,416,769 hours of service since the programs inception in 1994. 

AmeriCorps is recruiting now. Applicants can choose from a wide variety of positions across the nation.  Benefits can include a living allowance, health care, training and career skills, and a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award worth up to $4,725 to pay for college or to pay off student loans.  Interested individuals can learn about available opportunities and apply online by visiting www.AmeriCorps.gov.

The Maine Commission for Community Service builds capacity and sustainability in Maine's volunteer sector by funding service programs, developing managers of volunteers, raising awareness of the scope and impact of the sector, and encouraging an ethic of service.  To learn more about the Maine Commission for Community Service visit our web-site at www.maineservicecommission.gov.