Two metro-east AmeriCorps programs will receive part of a $7.5 million federal grant from the Corporation for National and Community Service.
The grant will benefit 900 AmeriCorps volunteers in 29 AmeriCorps programs in Illinois, according to Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn.
The Lessie Bates Davis Neighborhood House AmeriCorps in East St. Louis and the Southwestern Illinois College Belleville AmeriCorps are recipients of a portion of the grant.
"Twenty years ago today, President Clinton signed the National and Community Service Trust Act," said Brandon Bodor, Executive Director of Serve Illinois." Since then more than 30,000 Illinoisans have taken up the charge to 'get things done' for their communities. Service is in our fabric as a state, and this AmeriCorps grant will help grow our commitment to selflessness and service in Illinois."
This federal grant will be used for services, including tutoring and mentoring at-risk youth, preparing communities to respond effectively to emergencies, and building connections between immigrants and their non-immigrant neighbors. The Serve Illinois Commission, a part of the Illinois Department of Human Services and the Office of the Governor, administers the AmeriCorps programs in Illinois.
"Our AmeriCorps volunteers in Illinois are on the front lines of service, and they have been for the past two decades," Bodor added. "These members are the bedrock of our volunteer infrastructure in the state. Illinois AmeriCorps members have served more than 37 million hours, which equates to about $858 million in impact."