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Our 2017-2018 AmeriCorps State Grantees

Each year, the Corporation for National and Community Service sets aside federal funding to support AmeriCorps members at nonprofits and local government agencies across the country. Organizations in Maryland that are interested in hosting AmeriCorps State members may apply through the Governor’s Office on Service and Volunteerism twice annually.

The Governor’s Office on Service and Volunteerism announced that  Maryland organizations have received $million in AmeriCorps grants from the Corporation for National and Community Service for the August 15, 2017-August 14, 2018 grant year.

Grants were awarded to:

A STAR! In Western Maryland – Frostburg State University
Received: $392,959
Member Slots: 156
Location: Allegany, Washington, Garrett, and Frederick Counties

AmeriCorps members will engage students in education, increase resources to those in need and manage volunteers in Western Maryland. AmeriCorps members will be responsible for increasing academic engagement, provide interpreting/translation services, healthcare resources, and food and shelter services.

Baltimore City Recreation and Parks
Received: $17,000
Location: Baltimore City

Please note that Baltimore City Recreation and Parks received a Maryland AmeriCorps Planning Grant, which is to support the development of new AmeriCorps programs.

The Community Art Collaborative – Maryland Institute College of Art
Received: $148,598
Member Slots: 12
Location: Baltimore City

AmeriCorps members will be artists and community organizers who will administer kindergarten through twelfth-grade after-school arts-based programs and lead community strengthening projects in under-resourced communities throughout Baltimore.

Community Bridges
Received: $17,000
Location: Montgomery County

Please note that Community Bridges received a Maryland AmeriCorps Planning Grant, which is to support the development of new AmeriCorps programs.

Community Mediation Corps – Community Mediation Maryland
Received: $276,602
Member Slots: 21
Location: State-wide

AmeriCorps members will conduct case management, mediation, and conflict management training, and increase access throughout Maryland. AmeriCorps members will be responsible for higher attendance rates, lower disciplinary referrals, affordable housing made available to low-income individuals, and increased mediation services to veterans and military family members.

Conquering Opiate Abuse Together (COAT) – Frostburg State University
Received: $37,203
Member Slots: 9
Location: Allegany, Washington, Garrett, and Frederick Counties

AmeriCorps members will provide education to community members on resources and programs available to them in the four westernmost counties in Maryland. AmeriCorps members will be responsible for engaging community members in open community forums, one-on-one meetings, hotlines, and other outreach activities to distribute resource materials.

Experience Corps – AARP
Received: $123,936
Member Slots: 41
Location: Baltimore City

AmeriCorps members will tutor kindergarten to third-grade students in eight Baltimore City Title I schools, where more than 80 percent of students are living in poverty and eligible to receive free lunch. AmeriCorps members will be responsible for improving student achievement in literacy as demonstrated by a standardized test data provided by the local school system.

HabiCorps – Habitat for Humanity of the Chesapeake
Received: $138,300
Member Slots: 10
Location: Baltimore City

AmeriCorps members will assist in Habitat for Humanity’s mission to provide affordable housing to Baltimore City, which has the lowest median household income in Maryland. Members will be responsible for installing building materials and plumbing in 20-40 new homes in an area where the poverty rate is 23.4 percent.

Heroin and Opioid Prevention and Education (HOPE) Corps – Salisbury University
Received: $53,226
Member Slots: 11
Location: Caroline, Dorchester, Kent, Queen Anne’s, Somerset, Talbot, Wicomico, and Worcester Counties

AmeriCorps members will increase the number of individuals attending drug-related health education programs on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. AmeriCorps members will be responsible for leveraging volunteers that will be engaged in expanding naloxone trainings and awareness of services for individuals and families.

Interfaith Works AmeriCorps
Received: $137,861
Member Slots: 10
Location: Montgomery County

AmeriCorps members will provide wrap-around services to clients served at the Interfaith Works Clothing Center. Members will be responsible for helping households to build financial strength to secure basic needs. In addition, members will leverage volunteers who will support activities, including vocational services and prevention services.

The Light House
Received: $15,968
Location: Annapolis

Please note that The Light House received a Maryland AmeriCorps Planning Grant, which is to support the development of new AmeriCorps programs.

Maryland Conservation Corps – Department of Natural Resources
Received: $325,463
Member Slots: 35
Location: State-wide

AmeriCorps members will remove invasive species, restore wildlife habitat, plant native species, build or restore trails, and conduct other activities to improve at-risk ecosystems in seven state parks across Maryland. AmeriCorps members will recruit and lead volunteers, including Conservation Job Corps youth during the summer, to improve park land, and provide outdoor experience.

Maryland Reading Corps – The Literacy Lab
Received: $169,361
Member Slots: 13
Location: Baltimore City

AmeriCorps members will provide low-income pre-Kindergarten children with daily, targeted early literacy intervention through the Maryland Reading Corps Program in Head Start classrooms in Baltimore. They will be responsible for increasing the school readiness of pre-Kindergarten children and leveraging more volunteers to promote children’s literacy.

New Americans Initiative for Maryland – CASA de Maryland
Received: $169,451
Member Slots: 15
Location: Baltimore City and Baltimore, Montgomery, and Prince George’s Counties

AmeriCorps members will be responsible for enhancing the economic opportunity of Marylanders and providing a path out of poverty through financial education and services coupled with naturalization navigation to support low-income Legal Permanent Residents.

Playworks Maryland
Received: $145,751
Member Slots: 14
Location: Baltimore City, Baltimore County

AmeriCorps members will provide a school-wide evidence-based program designed to utilize play to create supportive environments with reduced bullying where all students feel safe, supported, and fully engaged in low-income schools.

Project CHANGE – George B. Thomas Sr. Learning Academy, Inc.
Received: $207,367
Member Slots: 16
Location: Montgomery County

AmeriCorps members will have a significant impact on the children and teens in the community while gaining invaluable job training, personal development, and leadership skills. During the same period, children and teens will experience increased academic engagement as a result of their participation in programs focused on the arts, team building, academic tutoring, recreation, and civic engagement, which are supported by these members.

Promise Heights – University of Maryland, Baltimore
Received: $138,176
Member Slots: 10
Location: Baltimore City

AmeriCorps members will facilitate individual assessments related to needed supports for economically disadvantaged K-12 students who
are at-risk to being chronically absent. Members will be responsible for conducting student assessments at five public schools, including follow up to referrals and attendance check-ins. Members will also leverage undergraduate and graduate student volunteers to provide literacy tutoring to students.

Reading Partners Baltimore
Received: $299,837
Member Slots: 25
Location: Baltimore City

AmeriCorps members will recruit, train, and support community volunteer tutors, in addition to tutoring kindergarten through fourth-grade students who are struggling with reading. This assistance will help to mobilize the community in order to provide students in under-resourced schools with the proven, individualized reading support they need to read at grade level by fourth grade.

Road Map AmeriCorps – Latin American Youth Center
Received: $134,129
Member Slots: 16
Location: Prince George’s County

AmeriCorps members will provide in-school academic support, after-school homework assistance, recreation, and workshops to Buck Lodge Middle School students in Langley Park. This assistance will help increase the students’ academic achievement in reading, writing, and math.

Service Corps – Civic Works
Received: $433,681
Member Slots: 110
Location: Baltimore City, Baltimore County

AmeriCorps members will tutor and mentor high school students, resulting in students who graduate on time with a diploma and enroll in post-secondary institutions. Members will serve low-income areas of Baltimore County and Baltimore City, where unemployment is high, populations without high school diplomas are high, and the number of college graduates is low.

ShoreCorps – Salisbury University
Received: $169,542
Member Slots: 20
Location: Caroline, Dorchester, Kent, Queen Anne’s, Somerset, Talbot, Wicomico, and Worcester Counties

AmeriCorps members will increase the capacity of Eastern Shore community agencies. The AmeriCorps members will be responsible for improving the lives of new underserved youth and seniors and leveraging additional volunteers to serve in the underserved communities.

Teach for America Baltimore
Received: $190,722
Member Slots: 239
Location: Baltimore City, Baltimore County, Prince George’s County

AmeriCorps members will teach in low-income schools in Baltimore City, Baltimore County, and Prince George’s County. Schools will benefit from decreased class size, increased teacher attention, and improved graduation rates. Members will serve in areas where the number of high school graduates is low and less than one-fourth of students pursue a college education.

Thread, Inc.
Received: $151,560
Member Slots: 12
Location: Baltimore City

AmeriCorps members will provide support to under-performing high school students to help them in successfully graduating from high school, engaging in internships and employment, and accessing individualized support services. Members will be responsible for students’ progress towards graduation by earning more credits than in the previous year as well as obtaining summer employment.

Volunteer Maryland
Received: $364,414
Member Slots: 32
Location: State-wide

AmeriCorps members will recruit volunteers and develop effective volunteer management systems resulting in increased organizational capacity. Organizations throughout Maryland will benefit from effective volunteer management practices and increased organizational efficiency.