BANGOR — Eastern Maine Development Corporation has received a $72,058 AmeriCorps grant from the Corporation for National and Community Service to support 20 AmeriCorps members who will assist their nonprofit host sites to provide job skills enhancements and training sessions to economically disadvantaged individuals. This training will lead to individuals entering into employment, increased wages, higher education, national service, or military service.
These AmeriCorps members will leverage volunteers who will be working with our partners to complete their missions of providing job skills enhancements and trainings. This program will concentrate on the CNCS focus area of Economic Opportunity, specifically increasing economic opportunity for communities by engaging youth as AmeriCorps members.
This grant will support AmeriCorps members in the Maine counties of Penobscot, Piscataquis and Hancock. These AmeriCorps members will tackle the challenges of unemployment, underemployment, employment skills gaps, and disconnected youth, allowing EMDC and its community partners to expand its impact on these important local issues. At the end of the first program year, AmeriCorps members will have the opportunity to register for a college course, and will participate in this class as part of their member training during their term of service. This foundation of knowledge will set the members up for a more successful future in the workplace, regardless of their future occupation.
“AmeriCorps is an indispensable resource to help meet critical challenges facing our communities and nation,” said Michael Aube, President & CEO of EMDC. “We’re pleased that the Corporation for National and Community Service has recognized the value that AmeriCorps members serving with EMDC offer to communities. These AmeriCorps members will meet pressing local needs as they develop civic and leadership skills that last a lifetime.”
“AmeriCorps members are improving the lives of millions of citizens and having a positive and lasting impact on the toughest challenges facing our communities,” said Wendy Spence, former CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service. “While they serve others, AmeriCorps members also expand opportunity for themselves – gaining skills and experience to jumpstart their careers. We congratulate EMDC for their strong application, and thank all AmeriCorps members for their dedication to service.”
In addition to the grant funding, CNCS will make available Segal AmeriCorps Education Awards for the AmeriCorps members funded by these grants. After completing a full term of service, AmeriCorps members receive an award of up to $2,907 that they can use to pay for college or to pay off student loans.
AmeriCorps operates as a public-private partnership that leverages significant amounts of outside resources to stretch the federal dollar and increase community impact. This grant will generate an additional $19,000 in local matching support and other outside resources from businesses, foundations, and other organizations.
AmeriCorps engages 75,000 members in intensive service annually to serve through nonprofit, faith-based, and community organizations at 25,000 locations across the country. These members help communities tackle pressing problems while mobilizing millions of volunteers for the organizations they serve. Since 1994, more than 900,000 Americans have provided more than 1 billion hours of service addressing critical challenges from poverty and hunger to disasters and the dropout crisis.
AmeriCorps is administered by the Corporation for National and Community Service, a federal agency that engages more than five million Americans in service through AmeriCorps, Senior Corps, the Social Innovation Fund, and the Volunteer Generation Fund, and leads the President’s national call to service initiative, United We Serve. For more information, visit www.NationalService.gov.
Eastern Maine Development Corporation (EMDC) is a private, non-profit, 501(c)3 organization. Celebrating 50 years of service, EMDC is proud to create economic development opportunities in Eastern Maine through community, business, and workforce development. For more information about the services EMDC provides, please visit emdc.org or call (207) 942-6389.