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Local AmeriCorps programs receiving extra money through federal funding

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - Several nonprofits in the central Illinois area are receiving funding through federal grants.

The Serve Illinois Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service (Serve Illinois) announced on Tuesday about $20 million in Corporation for National and Community Service federal grants to place 1,830 AmeriCorps members in 46 programs to serve Illinois communities. It's an increase of $2.5 million over the last year and allows members to serve in seven additional programs.

The funding includes $7.4 million in education awards that AmeriCorps members can use to pay for college after their term of service.

"This is the largest AmeriCorps investment Illinois has seen in the history of the program," says Serve Illinois Executive Director Scott McFarland. "Last year, AmeriCorps Illinois served nearly 400,000 Illinoisans, including more than 209,000 disadvantaged youth and nearly 40,000 veterans, active military, and military family members."

The federal grants will be used for services in Illinois, including tutoring and mentoring at-risk youth, preparing communities to respond effectively to emergencies, feeding those in need, providing legal support services and more.

"These AmeriCorps Members represent the best of our state and nation," said Scott McFarland. "We believe that service is the solution, and when you see the AmeriCorps "A," you know things are getting done."

The following programs that have service members in central Illinois include:

  • American Red Cross- $372,482
  • City of Peoria- $138,285
  • Illinois Bar Foundation- $278,316
  • Illinois Public Health Association- $298,638
  • WIU - Peace Corps Fellows- $142,506

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