Congresswoman Matsui Announces Over $4 Million in AmeriCorps Funding for Sacramento

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Washington, DC, June 17, 2016 | comments
Congresswoman Matsui Announces Over $4 Million in AmeriCorps Funding for Sacramento
Congresswoman Matsui today announced thatSacramento has received more than $4.2 million in AmeriCorps funding from the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), the federal agencyresponsible for volunteering and service programs.
“These grants have the possibility to change people’s lives,” said Congresswoman Matsui. “From preventing child abuse to providing nutrition education to students, this funding is going to have a direct, positive impact on our region. Service is such a core part of our identity in Sacramento, and I commend all of our community heroes serving through AmeriCorps  programs.  I look forward to working with these organizations and their AmeriCorps members as they work towards positive change in our community.”
“For more than 20 years, AmeriCorps members have had a positive and lasting impact on the toughest challenges facing our nation,” said Wendy Spencer, CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service. “Building on California’s strong tradition of neighbor helping neighbor, AmeriCorps members will improve lives and strengthen communities across California. While they serve others, AmeriCorps members will also expand opportunity for themselves - gaining skills and experience to jumpstart their careers. I salute every AmeriCorps member for his or her dedication and determination to ‘get things done’ and respond to the needs in their communities.”
The federal investment includes seven grants totaling $4.2 million, which will support 367 AmeriCorps members. AmeriCorps members will tackle some of the toughest problems in Sacramento including tutoring and mentoring at-risk students, preventing child abuse, helping local governments address the drought and climate change, providing nutrition and financial literacy education, and more.
CNCS will also provide up to $1.9 million in education scholarships for the AmeriCorps members funded by these grants to help pay for college, vocational training, or pay back student loans. The federal investment is projected to generate an additional $6 million in local support to increase community impact and return on federal investment.
The federal investment in California also includes $12.7 million for CaliforniaVolunteers, the Governor-appointed state service commission. Later this summer, CaliforniaVolunteers will make additional grants to support AmeriCorps programs in the state.
The current year’s AmeriCorps grant cycle was highly competitive, due to the strong demand by organizations seeking AmeriCorps resources. The 2016 competition prioritized investments in economic opportunity, education, veterans and military families, disaster services, and continued a new initiative for governors and mayors.
Below is a listing of 2016 AmeriCorps competitive grants in Sacramento:
·         The Youth Investment Center will receive $366,637 to support40 AmeriCorps members who will serve as mentors and provide academic assistance, life skills, and financial literacy to foster youth in the 8 California counties.
·         City Year Sacramentowill receive $849,948 to support 66 full-time AmeriCorps members to provide academic and school engagement services in 7 Sacramento priority public schools.
·         The Child Abuse Prevention Council will receive a grant of $1,206,437 to expand its Birth and Beyond program to support 105 AmeriCorps members who will provide evidence-based parenting education to parents at risk for child abuse in 9 high risk communities in Sacramento County.
·         The Local Government Commission will receive 2 AmeriCorps grants: 
  • The first grant of $274,600 will support the Water Action Corps, a new program that will place 20 AmeriCorps members to serve with local leaders responding to local water management concerns working to achieve the goals of the California Water Action Plan across all 10 hydrologic regions of California.
  • The second grant of $638,267 for the CivicSpark program will support 48 AmeriCorps members who will help local governments increase their capacity to plan for and respond to climate change.
·         The Food Literacy Center’s grant of $273,314 will support 30 AmeriCorps members who deliver food literacy programs to elementary school children in after-school programs in Sacramento-area low-income schools.
·         Prevent Child Abuse Californiawill receive $603,310 to engage 58 AmeriCorps members in providing crisis intervention and parenting education services to veteran and non-veteran parents at-risk for child abuse and neglect in 14 California counties.
AmeriCorps engages more than 75,000 members in intensive service annually to serve through nonprofit, faith-based, and community organizations at 21,000 locations across the country. These members help communities tackle pressing problems while mobilizing millions of volunteers for the organizations they serve.
Over the past two decades, more than 980,000 Americans have served in AmeriCorps providing more than 1.3 billion hours of service, and earning more than $3.1 billion in education scholarships. Later this year, the one millionth AmeriCorps member will take the AmeriCorps pledge, committing to ‘get things done’ for America.
AmeriCorps is administered by the Corporation for National and Community Service, a federal agency that engages millions of Americans in service through AmeriCorps, Senior Corps, the Social Innovation Fund, and the Volunteer Generation Fund, and leads the President's national call to service initiative, United We Serve. For more information, visit
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