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Our 2019-2020 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 $4.5 million in AmeriCorps grants from the Corporation for National and Community Service for the August 15, 2019-August 14, 2020 grant year.

Grants were awarded to:

A STAR! In Western Maryland – Frostburg State University
Received: $330,796
Member Slots: 130
Location: Allegany, Washington, Garrett, and Frederick Counties
A STAR! in Western Maryland is based at Frostburg State University and engages first-year college students and members of the community as AmeriCorps members. AmeriCorps members serving with A STAR! engage disadvantaged K-12 youth through educational activities, provide service opportunities for veterans, and provide outreach services to low-income, homeless, and underserved individuals in the four westernmost counties in Maryland. AmeriCorps member also engage volunteers in support of these activities.

The Community Art Collaborative – Maryland Institute College of Art
Received: $157,435
Member Slots: 10
Location: Baltimore City
The Community Art Collaborative (CAC) is based at the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) and matches talented community artists with nonprofits, schools, and community centers for a year-long residency. In these residencies, AmeriCorps members primarily facilitate after-school arts-based learning experiences at their host site organizations for K-12 youth in Baltimore City. Members also have the opportunity to facilitate art-making opportunities for community residents, recruit and manage volunteers, develop special projects, and gain valuable professional experience in the community arts and non-profit fields.

The Choice Program
Received: $22,176
Member Slots: 36
Location: Baltimore City and Baltimore, Howard, Montgomery, and Prince George’s Counties
The Choice Program is based at University of Maryland, Baltimore County. AmeriCorps members serving with The Choice Program provide community-based mentoring and intensive advocacy services to youth and families. AmeriCorps members aim to improve academic engagement, job-readiness and employment outcomes, and help to keep youth with their families instead of being placed in foster care. Members also recruit volunteers to engage in activities, events, and resource development for youth and families.

Community Mediation Corps – Community Mediation Maryland
Received: $314,478
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, and 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: $36,970
Member Slots: 9
Location: Allegany, Washington, Garrett, and Frederick Counties
Conquering Opiate Abuse Together (C.O.A.T.) is based at Frostburg State University and 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.

HabiCorps – Habitat for Humanity of the Chesapeake
Received: $224,625
Member Slots: 15
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 engage 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 is based at Salisbury University and 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 engage volunteers in expanding naloxone trainings and awareness of services for individuals and families.

Maryland Conservation Corps – Department of Natural Resources
Received: $318,161
Member Slots: 27
Location: State-wide
Maryland Conservation Corps is based in the Maryland Department of Natural Resources. 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 engage volunteers in park, public land, waterway, and trail improvement projects.

Maryland New Americans Opportunity Program – CASA de Maryland
Received: $235,775
Member Slots: 16
Location: Baltimore City and Baltimore, Montgomery, and Prince George’s Counties
AmeriCorps members serving with Maryland New Americans Opportunity Program provide programming in financial 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 engage volunteers in support of these activities.

Maryland Reading Corps – The Literacy Lab
Received: $340,300
Member Slots: 32
Location: Baltimore City
AmeriCorps members serving with Maryland Reading Corps provide low-income pre-Kindergarten children with daily, targeted early literacy intervention in pre-K classrooms in Baltimore City. AmeriCorps members increase the school readiness of pre-K students and engage volunteers in activities to promote children’s literacy.

Project CHANGE – George B. Thomas Sr. Learning Academy, Inc.
Received: $236,474
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: $192,553
Member Slots: 15
Location: Baltimore City
Promise Heights is based at the University of Maryland School of Social Work. The program 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 and ensure youth graduate from high school ready for college and career. AmeriCorps members conduct individual assessments of needed support for students at-risk of being chronically absent, including follow up to referrals and attendance check-ins. Members also recruit undergraduate and graduate student volunteers in providing literacy tutoring to students.

Reading Partners Maryland
Received: $410,184
Member Slots: 27
Location: Baltimore City
AmeriCorps members serving with Reading Partners manage volunteer recruitment and daily operations of one-on-one literacy tutoring programs for low-income students at several Title I elementary schools across Baltimore City. AmeriCorps members increase the literacy skills of high-need target students and engage volunteers in individualized tutoring for low-income students struggling to maintain proficient, grade-level skills.

Road Map AmeriCorps – Latin American Youth Center
Received: $113,289
Member Slots: 12
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 grade students in in-school, after-school, and summer programs. AmeriCorps members also engage volunteers in community service projects.

Service Corps – Civic Works, Inc.
Received: $609,225
Member Slots: 98
Location: Baltimore City, Baltimore County
AmeriCorps members serving with Service Corps 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 University
Received: $208,835
Member Slots: 58
Location: Caroline, Dorchester, Kent, Queen Anne’s, Somerset, Talbot, Wicomico, and Worcester Counties
ShoreCorps is based at Salisbury University. 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: $169,974
Member Slots: 213
Location: Baltimore City, Baltimore County, Prince George’s County
AmeriCorps members serving with Teach For America Maryland 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 engage volunteers to support students in schools and classrooms.

Thread, Inc.
Received: $252,953
Member Slots: 22
Location: Baltimore City
Thread provides support to under-performing high school students to help them successfully graduate from high school and obtain employment. AmeriCorps members build relationships with a family of teachers, staff, and volunteers to support students in academic assignments, internships and employment, accessing individualized support services, and promoting student growth.

Volunteer Maryland
Received: $301,244
Member Slots: 20
Location: State-wide
Volunteer Maryland AmeriCorps members serve as volunteer coordinators at schools, nonprofits, and government organizations throughout Maryland. As 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.