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Maine Commission for Community Service Awards 500K to Five Organizations

July 7th, 2009

 

Augusta – The Maine Commission for Community Service announced results of its 2009 grants competition, with $500,000 being awarded to five organizations funding 44 new AmeriCorps members that will be placed across the state to address compelling community needs.

Among the grantees is Goodwill Industries of Northern New England which places AmeriCorps Members at local non-profits to help improve the capacity of these organizations to engage volunteers. In 2008 Goodwill Members recruited more than 10,000 community volunteers. Goodwill will receive $252,000.

Goodwill Industries of Northern New England was also funded for a planning grant of $30,000. This funding will allow Goodwill to research, refine, and design a program that will combine AmeriCorps assets and students who will weatherize area homes and build ramps for people with disabilities.

The Island institute, which received $126,000, to help youth and young adults acquire skills essential to secure employment, teach energy conservation, and work on issue around the availability of affordable housing.

Maine Transition Network was awarded $92,000 to ensure a brighter future for America’s youth by implementing a leadership and mentoring program for youth with disabilities that builds strong self determination and fosters increased post-secondary workforce and educational attainment.

More than 9,200 people participate in national service each year in Maine through 29 national service programs and projects across the State. These programs are currently seeking new members; visit www.AmeriCorps.gov or www.VolunteerMaine.org for more information. The Maine Commission for Community Service has been the states funder for AmeriCorps programs for more than 15 years.

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.