WASHINGTON, DC - Congressman Steny H. Hoyer (MD-05), Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin, and Congressmen Dutch Ruppersberger, John P. Sarbanes, Andy Harris, M.D., Kweisi Mfume, Anthony G. Brown, Jamie B. Raskin, and David Trone announced that Maryland received an award of $17,133,477 in state and national AmeriCorps funding. The award comes from the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), the federal agency responsible for AmeriCorps, and will place more than 1,200 AmeriCorps volunteers into 10 organizations across Maryland.
“For more than 25 years, AmeriCorps volunteers have been doing crucial work in Maryland and around the country. They volunteer to help the homeless, aid those struggling with addiction, teach in our public schools, and more – all with the tireless work ethic that comes with their commitment to national service. And now, as we battle the COVID-19 pandemic, these funds will ensure they can continue their efforts on behalf of Marylanders. We look forward to supporting this vital program for years to come,” said the Delegation.
The award includes:
- $7,458,217 in direct funding to successful grantees.
- $6,955,366 in Segal AmeriCorps Education Awards for AmeriCorps participants to pay for postsecondary education or to pay off student loans.
- $2,719,894 for the Maryland Governor’s Office on Service & Volunteerism, to distribute to various Maryland organizations for additional AmeriCorps volunteers.
Every year, 75,000 AmeriCorps members serve more than 21,000 schools, nonprofits, and community and faith-based organizations across the country. Since the program’s inception in 1994, more than 1.1 million AmeriCorps members have served the nation, providing more than 1.6 billion hours of service and earning nearly $4 billion in education awards to pay for college or pay back student loans.