ATLANTA, May 9, 2014 – Points of Light received three grants from the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) this week that will provide a total of $1.57 million to support 130 AmeriCorps members who are working to address challenges facing veterans, returning service members and their families and facing families and communities unprepared for disasters.
The Veteran Leader Corps received a $992,014 grant to support 80 AmeriCorps members, half of whom are veterans themselves, who will provide direct employment services and support to veterans in 20 cities, while engaging veterans in volunteer service in their communities.
VetSuccess on Campus received a $266,000 grant to support 25 AmeriCorps members who will help support veterans continuing their educations. The AmeriCorps members, the majority of whom are veterans themselves, will work with Veterans Administration counselors placed on campuses nationwide to strengthen, expand and promote services and resources available to support veterans in their educational pursuits.
The Community Emergency Preparedness Corps received a $315,487 grant to support 25 AmeriCorps members who will work to increase individual and family preparedness as well as strengthen a community’s ability to better prepare for, respond to, and recover from a disaster.
“AmeriCorps members are improving the lives of millions of citizens and having a positive and lasting impact on the toughest challenges facing our communities,” said Wendy Spencer, CEO of CNCS. “While they serve others, AmeriCorps members also expand opportunity for themselves -- gaining skills and experience to jumpstart their careers. As we mark the 20th anniversary of AmeriCorps, we congratulate Points of Light for its strong applications and thank all AmeriCorps members for their dedication to service.”
The current year’s AmeriCorps grant cycle was highly competitive, due to the strong and growing demand by organizations seeking AmeriCorps resources. The 2014 competition prioritized investments in economic opportunity, education, veterans and military families, disaster services, and continued a new initiative for governors and mayors.
In addition to the grant funding, CNCS will make available $733,850 in Segal AmeriCorps Education Awards for the AmeriCorps members funded by Points of Light’s three grants. After completing a full term of service, AmeriCorps members receive an award of up to $5,645 each that they can use to pay for college or to pay off student loans.
AmeriCorps engages more than 75,000 members in intensive service annually to serve through nonprofit, faith-based, and community organizations at 25,000 locations across the country. These members help communities tackle pressing problems while mobilizing millions of volunteers for the organizations they serve.
2014 marks the 20th anniversary of the AmeriCorps program. Since 1994, more than 830,000 Americans have provided more than 1 billion hours of service addressing critical challenges from poverty and hunger to disasters and the dropout crisis.
About Points of Light
Points of Light - the largest organization in the world dedicated to volunteer service - mobilizes millions of people to take action that is changing the world. Through affiliates in 250 cities and partnerships with thousands of nonprofits and corporations, Points of Light engages more than 4 million volunteers in 30 million hours of service each year. We bring the power of people to bear where it matters most. For more information, go to pointsoflight.org.
AmeriCorps is administered by the Corporation for National and Community Service, a federal agency that engages more than five million Americans in service through AmeriCorps, Senior Corps, the Social Innovation Fund, and the Volunteer Generation Fund, and leads the President's national call to service initiative, United We Serve. For more information, visit www.NationalService.gov.