AmeriCorps grants to mentor youth and increase 911 capability

Posted June 06, 2011, at 10:02 p.m.

Statewide-Goodwill Industries of Northern New England received AmeriCorps grant funds from the Corporation for National and Community Service totaling $790,000. The grant will support more than 90 AmeriCorps members in two programs, the Emergency Response Corps and the Great Strides Rural Education Corps, across Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont.

Emergency Response Corps AmeriCorps members will recruit and support volunteers while serving as EMTs and firefighters in rural ambulance and fire stations resulting in an increased capability of the host sites to respond to emergency calls in 11 communities in Maine, Vermont and New Hampshire. Maine sites are in the following locations: Searsport Ambulance, St. George Fire Department, St. George Ambulance LifeFlight of Maine, Islesford EMS and NorthStar EMS- Farmington.

Great Strides Rural Education Corps AmeriCorps members will provide mentoring and academic support services addressing at-risk middle and high school students in rural communities in Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine. Maine sites are in the following locations: Maine BCOPE (Belfast), Telstar High School (Bethel), The Community School (Camden), Camden Hills Regional High School (Camden), Fort Fairfield Schools (Fort Fairfield), Greenville Schools (Greenville), Narraguagus High School (Harrington), Maine Seacoast Mission (Cherryfield), Hartland High School After School Program (Hartland), Maine Academy of Natural Sciences (Hinckley), Lebanon Elementary School (Lebanon), Jordan Small School (Raymond), Searsport Elementary (Searsport), Skowhegan High School (Skowhegan), Sumner Memorial High School (Sullivan) and Trekkers (Tenants Harbor).

“The Commission is pleased to see a strong focus on Maine’s rural areas in western, downeast, and northern Maine,” said Maryalice Crofton, executive director of the Maine Commission for Community Service.

The current year’s AmeriCorps grant cycle was highly competitive due to the strong and growing demand by organizations seeking AmeriCorps resources. Organizations requested nearly twice as many grant dollars and AmeriCorps positions as could be funded.

Since 1994, more than 700,000 Americans have provided more than 860 million hours of service to their communities and country through AmeriCorps. In Maine, more than 8,800 people participate in national service each year through 36 national service projects and programs.

The Maine Commission for Community Service builds capacity and sustainability in Maine’s volunteer and service communities by funding programs, developing managers of volunteers and service-learning practitioners, raising awareness of sector issues, and promoting service as a strategy. To learn more about the Maine Commission for Community Service visit the website at www.maineservicecommission.gov.

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