Governor Tom Wolf announced more than $17.5 million – the highest in Commonwealth history – to support the community service work of 26 AmeriCorps programs. PennSERVE, housed within the Department of Labor and Industry, is the Pennsylvania granting partner of AmeriCorps, the premier federal agency for national service and volunteerism.
“AmeriCorps programs serve real needs throughout Pennsylvania and its members are some of the best of our young people, offering their compassion, talents and hard work to better our communities,” the governor said. said Wolf. “I am proud of the work PennSERVE has done to prioritize initiatives focused on education, health, economic opportunity, and access to technology.”
As a state service commission, PennSERVE develops and implements state-specific national service programs in keeping with the Wolf Administration’s commitment to connecting individuals and organizations through service and volunteerism. to address the nation’s most pressing challenges. This year’s list of grant recipients includes five new AmeriCorps programs and one new planning grant.
“Through the talent and skills of its members, AmeriCorps programs make real differences in the lives of their neighbors through programs that address real challenges. They educate community members in digital literacy, clean up local parks, assist with COVID-19 response efforts, and coordinate after-school and summer activities for underserved and low-income student populations – to name a few examples. . AmeriCorps members truly bring out the best in Pennsylvania, volunteering their time, talents and energy to ensure help is available when and where it is needed,” said Jennifer Berrier, Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry (L&I).
Full-time members of AmeriCorps receive a modest living allowance, health care, and other benefits. At the end of each term of service, members earn a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award to repay qualifying student loans and to pay current educational expenses at eligible colleges and training programs.
“Through this funding, PennSERVE will leverage the critical skills and experience of AmeriCorps members to strengthen Pennsylvania communities,” said Maureen Eccleston, executive director of PennSERVE. “These AmeriCorps members are learning valuable job skills while providing tutoring and mentoring, providing job skills and financial literacy training, improving public lands and waterways, and supporting veterans and veterans. military families. We are excited to make these opportunities available to build the skills of the AmeriCorps member workforce while contributing to our common good.