Local AmeriCorps announces grant for new year

2013-06-28T16:24:00Z 2013-06-29T10:27:05Z Local AmeriCorps announces grant for new yearRob Earnshaw Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
June 28, 2013 4:24 pm  • 

VALPARAISO │The Porter County AmeriCorps program announced Friday it has received funding for the 2013-14 year.

The Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives through the Corporation for National Community Service has awarded AmeriCorps $374,000, which will allow the agency to engage with 56 AmeriCorps members. Ten members will be full time, 34 half time at 900 hours and 12 at 300 hours.

The grant was matched locally at $232,500 by the sites who receive AmeriCorps members and by the United Way of Porter County.

“We can continue all these wonderful projects that are happening throughout the region,” United Way President Sharon Kish said. “We are now recruiting for next year.”

AmeriCorps members receive a living stipend and educational award.

Outcomes of the 2012-13 Porter County AmeriCorps program were released Friday as well. United Way Community Liaison Deb Townsend said 34 AmeriCorps members received disaster training in response to local, state and national disasters.

AmeriCorps members were placed in local high schools as career advisers and working closely with the Center for Workforce Innovations, which sub-contracts with AmeriCorps serving nearly 5,000 students.

Career advisers conduct interest inventories and guide students in making career choices, conduct reality stores and involve the business community in schools.

Capacity builders, AmeriCorps members who train, manage, recognize and recruit volunteers, create and maintain social media and implement new programs, recruited more than 1,100 volunteers who have donated more than 9,000 hours of service.

Townsend said the value of a volunteer hour was $21.36 with the total volunteer hour dollar value at just more than $192,350.

AmeriCorps members also trained 60 individuals in a financial stability curriculum resulting in another 126 individuals receiving the curriculum.

Through the AmeriCorps Tutoring program, 822 students completed 25 sessions or 10 hours or more.

The Porter County AmeriCorps program serves Lake, Porter, LaPorte, Starke and Marshall counties.

For more information, visit www.unitedwaypc.org/americorps.

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