Grant: $549,584 - Corporation for National and Community Service - Jun. 1, 2009
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Award Description: Under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Recovery Act), AmeriCorps State programs will engage approximately 192 additional individuals in service to their communities. while meeting critical community needs resulting from, or exacerbated by, the current economic crisis. The ARRA funds received are available to existing AmeriCorps*State programs only. The funds will be utilized to expand existing programs within priority funding areas, as a match waiver or cash assistance to support the existing AmeriCorps program. The AmeriCorps members funded through the Recovery Act will engage in a range of eligible activities in service to individuals and communities affected by the economic crisis. The service of the AmeriCorps members will include providing job counseling and skills training to the unemployed, constructing or rehabilitating housing, assisting non profits facing increased need and decreased resources, recruiting volunteers, making housing resource referrals for and providing legal services to those experiencing eviction or foreclosure, connecting children and families to health care, and allowing after-school centers that have lost funding to stay open. The grant fund includes funding to support a minimum living stipend for full time members of $11,400 for a year of service. The members will be automatically enrolled in the Corporation for National and Community Service Trust and will earn an educational benefit of $4,725 for full time members and proportionately lesser amounts for lesser terms of service. Childcare costs will be paid for members.
Project Description: The activities proposed includes program expansions that will create the following service opportunities for AmeriCorps members: Maryland Conservation Corps and Civic Justice Corps crews work with local contractors and other small businesses to complete construction and renovation projects in state parks. Four of the 'Recovery Crews' will be based out of Gunpowder Falls and Patapsco Valley State Parks offering service and employment opportunity to 300 Baltimore City youth through the CJC expansion. The addition will create service opportunities for 48 new full-Time corps members, and 100 additional CJC youth. ASTAR! in Western Maryland will place 119 individuals throughout the four western most counties in Maryland; Allegany, Frederick, Garrett and Washington to expand the CJCorps initiative. Youth will be provided assistance to reconnect with their communities and get back on the right track with a curriculum for success and career track. This expansion will allow youth to receive educational benefits, GED training and testing, health and wellness assistance, job coaching and employment readiness during their rehabilitation. At Civic Works, members throughout Baltimore will make home energy visits to 600 houses in low-to-moderate income communities. They will provide homeowners with information on ways to reduce home energy use and install Compact Fluorescent Lights (CFL), energy-efficient fixtures, hot water heater wraps, and carbon monoxide/smoke detectors. Members will also participate in the REACH! Partnership and will spend the summer serving in the school's mandatory summer program and then transition into the afterschool program at the start of the school year. The recovery dollars assist in continuing services and places 38 individuals. Volunteer Maryland will also support 6 full-timemembers to serve at 6 nonprofit agencies in 6 MD communities and mobilize at least 700 community volunteers to serve 1,120 hours and benefit more than 700 citizens.
Jobs Summary: Community Mediation: Executive Director and AmeriCorps Coordinator (2 jobs retained) Academy for Success: Grant Administrator, Program Director, Administrative Assistant (3 jobs retained) Community Arts Corps: Program Management: Coordinator, Program Management: Assistant (2 jobs retained) (Total jobs reported: 2)
Project Status: Less Than 50% Completed
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|Executive Office of The State of Maryland||$77,928||BALTIMORE||MD|
|Maryland Department of Natural Resources||$299,431||ANNAPOLIS||MD|
|Frostburg State University||$59,156||FROSTBURG||MD|
|Academy of Success||$113,069||BALTIMORE||MD|