AmeriCorps Get $2.6 Million for Iowa Projects

By James Lynch, Reporter

AmeriCorps volunteers help pack down sand in HESCO barriers on Friday, May 31, 2013 along the Cedar River in Vinton to protect the fire station from rising floodwater. (Kelsey Kremer/The Gazette)

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LINN COUNTY, Iowa - Ten AmeriCorps programs across Iowa have been awarded more than $2.6 million from the Corporation for National and Community Service.

Sen. Tom Harkin, a longtime supporter of AmeriCorps, called the work done by AmeriCorps members “essential in helping build strong communities.”

Included in the grants were:

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Mississippi Valley: $129,949 to recruit and support volunteers to mentor disadvantaged youth at risk of leaving school without a diploma in Eastern Iowa.

Community Corrections Improvement Association: $460,169 to recruit volunteers to provide mentoring and out-of-school time programming as a prevention strategy for youth who are at-risk of involvement or already involved in the juvenile justice system in Linn, Johnson, and Tama counties.

City of Dubuque: $210,581 to provide academic mentoring and summer learning opportunities to improve math and reading proficiency.

Habitat for Humanity of Iowa, Inc.: $260,847 to recruit and manage volunteers to make homeownership a reality by building safe and affordable homes in 25 counties across the state of Iowa.

Iowa Department of Natural Resources: $532,155 to improve public lands and trails through habitat restoration, trail work, and disaster response.

Iowa Legal Aid: $132,600 for members of the Iowa Legal Aid (ILA) AmeriCorps to serve in non-attorney positions to assist with outreach, education, and representation of low-income clients in civil legal matters.

United Way of East Central Iowa: $133,338 to provide early literacy activities and out-of-school time tutoring to children and parents, and provide outreach services for children and families with disabilities in Eastern Iowa.

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