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Sarbanes Announces More Than $400,000 in AmeriCorps Funding for Programs in Maryland
Federal funding will bolster community service programs directed at environmental preservation and elementary student reading improvement
WASHINGTON – U.S. Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today announced the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) has awarded more than $400,000 in AmeriCorps grants to community service organizations in Maryland.
“Working together to serve our communities is embedded in the character of the American people,” said Congressman Sarbanes. “This AmeriCorps funding will help Marylanders get involved in improving the world around them, while building important relationships with their friends and neighbors.”
The Maryland Conservation Corps, an award-winning AmeriCorps program that engages young adults in extensive natural resource management and park conservation projects, has been awarded $310,298 to remove invasive species, restore wildlife habitat, plant native species, build or restore trails, and conduct other activities to improve at-risk ecosystems in seven state parks across Maryland. AmeriCorps members of this program will also recruit and lead volunteers, including Conservation Job Corps youth during the summer, to improve park land and provide outdoor experience.
Reading Partners Maryland, a nonprofit literacy organization that recruits and trains community volunteers to provide one-on-one reading tutoring to students in under-resourced schools, has been awarded $126,350 to provide services to children at six Title I elementary schools in Baltimore.
AmeriCorps, which is administered by the CNCS, is a national service program that engages Americans of all ages and backgrounds in service to meet critical needs. Its members serve through thousands of organizations like Maryland Conservation Corps and Reading Partners Maryland in rural and urban communities throughout the nation. Since 1994, more than 775,000 Americans have provided more than 1 billion hours of service to their communities through AmeriCorps.
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