For Immediate Release:
September 8, 2016
Office of the Governor: Brian Coy, (804) 225-4260, Brian.Coy@governor.virginia.gov
| Virginia Department of Social Services: Amanda Healy, Amanda.firstname.lastname@example.org
Governor McAuliffe Announces $13 Million in National Service Program Funding
RICHMOND – Governor Terry McAuliffe today announced nearly $13 million in FY-17 funding for Virginia through the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) to support more than 5,700 people of all ages and backgrounds as they help to meet local needs, strengthen communities, and increase civic engagement through national service in Virginia.
National service members serve through AmeriCorps, VISTA, Foster Grandparents, RSVP and Senior Companion programs at more than 660 locations throughout the Commonwealth. Members serve in many of Virginia’s most impoverished communities providing vital support to schools, homeless shelters, youth centers, veteran service facilities, and other nonprofit organizations at a time of growing demand for services.
“Virginia’s national service members reflect the Commonwealth’s dedication to service and volunteerism that strengthen our communities,” said Governor McAuliffe. “These grants will provide critical resources for our communities in need and give individuals better tools to engage in civic service across the state. As we work to create jobs and build a new Virginia economy, fostering a spirit of service and volunteerism is equally important to a future where every Virginia family can live, work and thrive here in our Commonwealth.”
As part of this public-private partnership approach, CNCS requires grantees to leverage additional resources to strengthen community impact and increase the return on the federal investment. For the coming year, the local cash and in-kind match will provide an additional $7 million to support national service in Virginia. In addition, AmeriCorps members who complete a full year of service can earn a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award of up to $5,775.
“The award encourages experiential learning opportunities, and helps promote national service as a cultural expectation, common opportunity, and civic rite of passage for every young Virginian,” said First Lady Dorothy McAuliffe.
Recently the Virginia Service Commission, located at the Virginia Department of Social Services’ Office on Volunteerism and Community Services announced the following portfolio of Virginia AmeriCorps programs for 2016/17:
- Alternatives, Inc. – PASS and PASSL: Hampton
- Appalachian Community Action Agency - Volunteer Generation Project: Gate City
- Arlington Works!: Arlington
- Aspire! Afterschool Learning - Learning Links: Arlington
- Beans and Rice, Inc. - U Serv: Pulaski
- CARITAS AmeriCorps: Richmond
- CASA de Maryland: Arlington and Fairfax
- Carroll County Public Schools - LIFT UP AmeriCorps: Woodlawn
- City of Richmond – Action for Community Enhancement Services: Richmond
- Community Residences, Inc. - Volunteer Generation Project: Chantilly
- Council of Community Services - Volunteer Generation Project: Roanoke
- DCR - Virginia Service and Conservation Corps: Statewide
- Institute for Advanced Learning & Research - Dan River Year AmeriCorps: Danville
- New River Community Action AmeriCorps: Radford
- Occupational Enterprises Inc. - AmeriCorps Community Care: Lebanon
- Rappahannock Goodwill Industries - Goodskills Literacy Corps: Fredericksburg
- The Advancement Foundation - TAF AmeriCorps: Vinton
- The Literacy Lab - Virginia Reading Corps: Alexandria and Central Virginia
- United Way of Southwest Virginia, Inc. - Volunteer Generation Project: Abingdon
- UVA - Virginia College Advising Corps: Statewide
- VCU AmeriCorps and America Reads: Richmond
- Virginia Veterans Corps: Hampton
- VT Engage AmeriCorps Network: Blacksburg
For more information on national service in Virginia, contact Amanda Healy at the Virginia Department of Social Services.