Congress created the AmeriCorps national service program in 1994 in order to tackle some of our society's toughest problems. Since then, Vermont has produced 2,778 AmeriCorps members who have served nearly 3.8 million hours strengthening our communities. In honor and recognition of the selfless dedication of AmeriCorps members across the country, May 13-20, 2007 will mark the inaugural National AmeriCorps Week.AmeriCorps is comprised of a network of more than 2000 local, state, and national service programs, involved with everything from tutoring and mentoring disadvantaged youth to building affordable housing. Since Congress created AmeriCorps, 500,000 members have served 630 million hours in communities across the country. These hard-working and commendable individuals help strengthen our educational system, protect the environment, respond to disasters, contribute to our public safety, and improve the lives of our most vulnerable citizens. National AmeriCorps Week is an opportunity to recognize and applaud the service of AmeriCorps members, as well as thank them for their tremendous impact on communities across the country. It is also a time to encourage other Americans to follow the lead of these model citizens and become involved in the service projects of AmeriCorps. AmeriCorps provides an indispensable opportunity to give back to the community and make a lasting impact on the lives of many. If you would like to get involved with this important service program, please visit: www.americorps.gov.The Vermont Commission for National and Community Service has just been awarded $735,484 for 73 positions under three separate AmeriCorps programs. One supports services to the state's growing elderly population. Another develops college programs that assign volunteers to mentor children living in housing communities. The third program engages young people in after-school activities and encourages community service. In addition, Middlebury College was awarded $33,378 for a program that is part of a network of 65 New England colleges that mobilizes students in Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine. The grant announcements were timed to coincide with AmericaCorps Week.----------------------------------------
AmeriCorps in Vermont:
AmeriCorps Serving the State of Vermont since 1994:
- Nearly 3,000 residents of Vermont have served in AmeriCorps.? These members continue to help to improve the lives of the states most vulnerable, protect the environment, contribute to public safety, respond to disaster, and strengthen the educational system.
- These members serving in AmeriCorps have earned over $8 million in Segal AmeriCorps Education Award scholarships to use for college or to pay off student loans.? Nationwide, over $1.2 billion has been earned.
- Over 3.7 million hours of service have been performed by the residents of Vermont to assist community nonprofits groups.? Using Independent Sector's estimate of the dollar value of a volunteer's time, those hours equate to nearly 70 million dollars in value.
- While serving, AmeriCorps members have recruited and supervised additional volunteers in the community.? Nationwide, over 1.4 million community volunteers were recruited in 2006.
- After their terms of service in AmeriCorps, members remain engaged in Vermont communities as volunteers, teachers, public servants, and nonprofit leaders.
Current Examples of Vermont AmeriCorps Grantees:
- Middlebury College - Campus Compact of Northern New England
- Central Vermont Council on Aging
- Washington County Youth Service Bureau - Youth Development Corps