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Our 2016-2017 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 19 Maryland organizations have received $4.4 million in AmeriCorps grants from the Corporation for National and Community Service for the September 1, 2016-August 31, 2017 grant year.

In addition to the $4.4 million in program awards, up to $3.5 million in Segal AmeriCorps Education Awards will be given to AmeriCorps members upon completion of their service commitments. These awards will be used to pay educational costs at eligible post-secondary educational institutions, as well as to repay qualified student loans.

Grants were awarded to:

A STAR! In Western Maryland – Frostburg State University
Received: $397,876
Member Slots: 132
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.

AIM for Excellence – Civic Works
Received: $314,527
Member Slots: 89
Location: Baltimore City, Baltimore County

AmeriCorps members will mentor and tutor students, providing them with college preparedness skills. Through the member services, students enrolled in the AVID program (Advancement Via Individual Determination) will be more likely to graduate and be accepted into college.

AmeriCorps Langley Park – 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.

The Community Art Collaborative – Maryland Institute College of Art
Received: $142,604
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 Mediation Corps – Community Mediation Maryland
Received: $292,930
Member Slots: 23
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.

Elev8 Baltimore – Humanim
Received: $131,217
Member Slots: 38
Location: Baltimore City

AmeriCorps members will provide educational support to fifth- to eighth-grade students in East Baltimore schools during the summer months. Through the members’ services, students will demonstrate improved academic engagement, including improved attitude toward school, increased attendance, and decreased suspension rates. Students will also demonstrate improved academic performance in literacy and math.

Experience Corps – AARP
Received: $125,437
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: $137,300
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.

Interfaith Works
Received: $20,277
Location: Montgomery County
Please note that Interfaith Works received a Maryland AmeriCorps Planning Grant, which is to support the development of new AmeriCorps programs.

Interfaith Works provides a wide range of services to the homeless and those struggling with housing in Montgomery County, which has experienced a 25 percent increase in homelessness over the past two years. Interfaith Works aims to explore the feasibility of developing an AmeriCorps program in Maryland, which will strengthen its current emergency, community, and housing services, and develop new programs and resources for the clients it serves.

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: $144,186
Member Slots: 13
Location: Baltimore City and Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Frederick, 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: $170,129
Member Slots: 13
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: $205,870
Member Slots: 15
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.

Reading Partners Baltimore
Received: $540,000
Member Slots: 45
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.

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/PALS – Salisbury University
Received: $125,007
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: $193,358
Member Slots: 242
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.

Volunteer Maryland
Received: $364,415
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.