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Our 2018-2019 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.

The Governor’s Office on Service and Volunteerism announced that Maryland organizations have received more than $4.6 million in AmeriCorps grants from the Corporation for National and Community Service for the August 15, 2018-August 14, 2019 grant year.

Grants were awarded to:

A STAR! In Western Maryland – Frostburg State University
Received: $392,273
Member Slots: 158
Location: Allegany, Washington, Garrett, and Frederick Counties

A STAR! In Western Maryland aims to engage students in education, increase resources to those in need, and manage volunteers in Western Maryland. AmeriCorps members engage K-12 disadvantaged youth through academic enrichment activities, provide outreach services to low-income, homeless, and underserved populations, and develop and participate in community service projects.

AIM for Excellence – Civic Works, Inc.
Received: $319,926

Member Slots: 77
Location: Baltimore City

Civic Works strengthens Baltimore’s communities through education, skills development, and community service. AmeriCorps members tutor middle and high school students in Baltimore County Schools and promote authentic science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) career experiences and exploration opportunities for middle and high school students and their teachers. AmeriCorps members also leverage volunteers engaged in service projects and college readiness activities at schools.

The Community Art Collaborative – Maryland Institute College of Art
Received: $160,420
Member Slots: 12
Location: Baltimore City

The Community Art Collaborative matches talented community artists as AmeriCorps members with nonprofits, schools, or community centers for a year-long residency. AmeriCorps members serve economically disadvantaged K-12 youth through after-school, arts-based community programs throughout Baltimore City. Members help youth participants achieve in school by fostering their sense of confidence and self-efficacy, creative expression, and skill-building. AmeriCorps members also leverage volunteers to engage in service-based projects and community building activities, such as neighborhood art festivals and community gardens.

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

Community Mediation Corps provides a social service with a focus on social change by offering free mediation and conflict resolution services to all Maryland residents. AmeriCorps members are trained as mediators to coordinate case management and mediate cases related to prisoner re-entry, school-based student-to-student conflict, youth-police dialogue circles. AmeriCorps members aim to establish housing plans for incarcerated individuals before release and lower recidivism, decrease discipline referrals and increase attendance in schools, and improve police-community relations.

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

Conquering Opiate Abuse Together (C.O.A.T.) was established in response to the growing epidemic of drug overdose. AmeriCorps members engage community members in open community forums, one-on-one meetings, hotlines, and other outreach activities to distribute information on resources.

Experience Corps Baltimore – AARP Foundation
Received: $124,927
Member Slots: 38
Location: Baltimore City

AARP Foundation Experience Corps is an intergenerational, volunteer-based tutoring program, engaging adults 50 and older as AmeriCorps members to improve literacy and academic achievement of children in kindergarten through third grade in Baltimore City Title I schools. AmeriCorps members also leverage additional volunteers in tutoring and mentoring students.

HabiCorps – Habitat for Humanity of the Chesapeake
Received: $149,320
Member Slots: 10
Location: Baltimore City

Habitat for Humanity of the Chesapeake AmeriCorps members serve in the HabiCorps Program comprised of on-the-job construction traineeships building and rehabilitating homes for economically disadvantaged individuals in Baltimore City and raising funds across the Central Maryland region to support affordable home construction. AmeriCorps members also leverage volunteers in support of these activities.

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

Heroin and Opioid Prevention and Education (HOPE) Corps was established in response to the growing epidemic of drug overdose. AmeriCorps members engage community members in drug-related health education programs on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. AmeriCorps members also leverage volunteers involved in expanding naloxone trainings and awareness of services for individuals and families.

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

Maryland Conservation Corps AmeriCorps members engage in environmental restoration and park improvement projects, environmental programming, and disaster preparedness outreach in Maryland’s state parks, including Patapsco Valley, Gunpowder Falls, Susquehanna, Deep Creek Lake, Tuckahoe, Assateague and Merkle Wildlife Sanctuary. AmeriCorps members also leverage volunteers engaged in park, public land, waterway, and trail improvement projects.

Maryland Reading Corps – The Literacy Lab
Received: $279,999
Member Slots: 20
Location: Baltimore City

AmeriCorps members provide low-income pre-Kindergarten children with daily, targeted early literacy intervention through the Maryland Reading Corps program in pre-K classrooms in Baltimore City. AmeriCorps members increase the school readiness of pre-Kindergarten children and leverage volunteers engaged in activities to promote children’s literacy.

New Americans Opportunity Project for Maryland – CASA de Maryland
Received: $169,393
Member Slots: 15
Location: Baltimore City and Baltimore, Montgomery, and Prince George’s Counties

CASA de Maryland AmeriCorps members provide programming in financial literacy education, citizenship support, legal support, and youth education. AmeriCorps members help economically disadvantaged Marylanders, including low-income immigrants and Latinos, gain financial literacy, achieve citizenship, and, in the case of youth, achieve improved educational outcomes and college and career readiness. AmeriCorps members also leverage volunteers in support of these activities.

Playworks Maryland – Playworks Education Energized
Received: $152,031
Member Slots: 15
Location: Baltimore City, Baltimore County

Playworks Maryland’s AmeriCorps members provide a school-wide evidence-based program designed to utilize play to create supportive environments where all students feel safe, supported and fully engaged in low-income schools in Baltimore City and Baltimore and Howard counties. AmeriCorps members positively impact the entire school environment, thereby creating a safe space for students to increase their overall academic engagement. AmeriCorps members also leverage volunteers engaged in assisting with components of the Playworks AmeriCorps program, including community engagement projects and events.

Project CHANGE – George B. Thomas Sr. Learning Academy, Inc.
Received: $223,980
Member Slots: 16
Location: Montgomery County

Project CHANGE (Collaboratively Helping America’s New Generations Emerge) AmeriCorps members improve student academic engagement including science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) instruction by conducting school and after school programs of study, homework support, and personal development with economically disadvantaged K-12 students in Montgomery County.

Promise Heights – University of Maryland School of Social Work
Received: $144,186
Member Slots: 10
Location: Baltimore City

Promise Heights is a collaboration between community-based organizations and five public PK-12 schools working with children and families living in high poverty neighborhoods in West Baltimore to improve educational outcomes to ensure youth graduate from high school ready for college and career. AmeriCorps members conduct individual assessments of needed support for students at-risk to being chronically absent, including follow up to referrals and attendance check-ins. Members also leverage undergraduate and graduate student volunteers to provide literacy tutoring to students.

Reading Partners Maryland
Received: $299,836
Member Slots: 25
Location: Baltimore City

Reading Partners AmeriCorps members manage volunteer recruitment and day-to-day operations a one-on-one literacy tutoring program for low-income students at several Title I elementary schools across Baltimore City. AmeriCorps members increased the literacy skills of high-need target students and leverage volunteers engaged in individualized tutoring for low-income students struggling to maintain proficient, grade-level skills.

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

Road Map AmeriCorps members help to improve the academic achievement of students attending Buck Lodge Middle School and William Wirt Middle School in Langley Park and Riverdale, Maryland. AmeriCorps members provide academic services to 6th through 8th grades in in-school, after-school, and/or summer programs. AmeriCorps members also leverage volunteers to engage in community service projects.

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

Service Corps AmeriCorps members make public land improvements, complete energy efficiency retrofits, tutor and mentor students, and help older adults age in place in Baltimore City. AmeriCorps members also engage volunteers in support of these activities.

ShoreCorps – Salisbury State University
Received: $184,907
Member Slots: 39
Location: Caroline, Dorchester, Kent, Queen Anne’s, Somerset, Talbot, Wicomico, and Worcester Counties

ShoreCorps AmeriCorps members increase the capacity of local agencies serving youth and aging adults on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. AmeriCorps members build capacity at agencies through volunteer management, and volunteers, in turn, provide direct services to area youth and aging adults.

Teach for America Maryland
Received: $178,753
Member Slots: 224
Location: Baltimore City, Baltimore County, Prince George’s County

Teach For America Maryland AmeriCorps members teach for two years in low-income and disadvantaged schools in Baltimore City and Baltimore and Prince George’s counties, going above and beyond traditional expectations to help their students achieve at high levels. AmeriCorps members increase the academic achievement of students and leverage volunteers to support students in schools and classrooms.

Thread, Inc.
Received: $208,691
Member Slots: 14
Location: Baltimore City

Thread provides support to under-performing high school students to help them in successfully graduating from high school and obtain employment. AmeriCorps members build relationships with a family of teachers, staff, and volunteers to support students in academic assignments, engaging in internships and employment, accessing individualized support services, and promoting student growth.

Volunteer Maryland
Received: $364,312
Member Slots: 32
Location: State-wide

Volunteer Maryland AmeriCorps members serve as volunteer coordinators at schools, nonprofits, or government organizations throughout Maryland. As a volunteer coordinators, AmeriCorps members conduct an agency needs assessment, develop volunteer program vision statements, implement tracking systems and evaluation procedures, develop volunteer program policies and procedures, position descriptions, and recruitment materials, and recruit, screen, train, supervise and recognize community volunteers.