Governor Sandoval announces $2.2 million in AmeriCorps funding for Nevada


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Mari N. St. Martin
Communications Director
(775) 684-5670
CARSON CITY, NV - August 11, 2016

Governor Brian Sandoval is pleased to announce in partnership with Nevada Volunteers, the Governor’s Commission on Service, that Nevada has received $2.2 million in funding from the Corporation for National and Community Service. This funding will support 321 AmeriCorps members serving across the state.

“The spirit of service and the willingness to help our fellow Nevadans are values that are rooted in communities across our state,” said Governor Sandoval. “I am grateful that Nevada will once again receive significant service resources aimed at supporting our veterans, senior citizens and many of our most vulnerable students. I would like to thank Nevada Volunteers and the Governor’s Commission on Service for their dedication in pursuing these critical funds.”

Seven operational AmeriCorps programs are funded through Nevada’s Volunteers by the Corporation for National and Community Service, Nevada Volunteers’ partner in national service. Programs start enrolling members September 1, 2016.

  • 34 AmeriCorps members serving through Nevada Outdoor School will offer environmental education, after-school programs, support to seniors, and volunteer services throughout rural Nevada.
  • 175 AmeriCorps members with the Great Basin Institute's Nevada Conservation Corps will help meet Nevada’s environmental and restoration needs on public lands. 
  • 22 AmeriCorps members serving through Urban Roots will support healthy futures and economic opportunity for youth through garden and nutrition education. 
  • 20 members serving through the Nevada Department of Veterans Services will assist veterans in identifying resources, services, benefits, and opportunities available to them. 
  • 35 AmeriCorps members serving through the Nye Community Coalition will serve individuals in economically struggling communities across the state to improve access to healthcare in these areas and support education. 
  • 13 AmeriCorps members serving through the Truckee Meadows Parks Foundation will engage students at Title 1 schools in the Reno/Sparks area in science education experiences in local parks. 
  • 22 AmeriCorps members serving through the City of Las Vegas will support disengaged youth in My Brothers Keepers schools targeting school readiness and improved literacy outcomes.

In addition to the grant funding awarded to organizations, AmeriCorps members who complete at least 1,700 hours of service will earn a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award valued at $5,775. There awards may be used to pay for college or vocational training or to pay back student loans. Nevada’s 2016-17 AmeriCorps members are projected to earn $1,026,275 in education awards to support their pursuit of higher education.

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