Levin Announces AmeriCorps Grants for Eight Michigan Programs

Thursday, May 31, 2012

WASHINGTON – Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich., welcomed the announcement Thursday of eight grants to Michigan organizations, totaling more than $3 million, that will enable AmeriCorps volunteers to help mentor disadvantaged students, boost foreclosure prevention efforts, and improve disaster preparedness, among other programs.

The grants are from AmeriCorps, the federal volunteer service program, and were awarded through a competition to programs across the country. The Michigan grants are funded through the Michigan Community Service Commission.

“These grants will put the skills of AmeriCorps volunteers to work improving the lives of Michiganians,” Levin said. “The impact will be felt immediately, and it will last well into the future in the lives of better-prepared students, increased economic opportunity and safer communities across the state.”

Michigan programs receiving the grants are:

  • The Marquette-Alger Educational Service Agency in Marquette will receive $149,857 in funding for 12 AmeriCorps volunteers to provide tutoring and reading instruction for students in grades K-10 in Marquette and Alger counties.
  • The Michigan Community Development Association in Lansing will receive $272,100 in funding for 20 AmeriCorps volunteers to support local nonprofit agencies in home foreclosure prevention efforts.
  • The Michigan Nonprofit Association in Lansing will receive $48,000 in funding for AmeriCorps college student volunteers serve as student teachers to improve opportunities for disadvantaged students.
  • The BHK Child Development Board in Houghton will receive $586,500 in funding for 46 AmeriCorps volunteers to provide academic support to disadvantaged students and their families throughout the Upper Peninsula.
  • The American Red Cross of Greater Grand Rapids will receive $451,750 in funding for 34 AmeriCorps volunteers to help provide disaster training and education to the public and help train Red Cross volunteers.
  • Huron Pines in Grayling will receive $159,602 in funding for 16 AmeriCorps volunteers to aid conservation and environmental education efforts in Northern Lower Michigan.
  • Teach for America-Detroit will receive $460,000 to help provide 230 AmeriCorps volunteers as teachers in low-income public and charter-school classrooms.
  • City Year-Detroit will receive $888,069 to provide funding for 71 AmeriCorps volunteers to serve as small-group and one-on-one tutors to Detroit students in grades 3-9.

Annual AmeriCorps grants are designed to advance the priorities of the 2009 Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act and the strategic plan of the Corporation for National and Community Service, which administers AmeriCorps. For this year, the grant awards focused on efforts to improve education, serve veterans and military families, and improve disaster services. More information on AmeriCorps and the grant program is available on the AmeriCorps website.