U.S. Senator Tom Udall announced Wednesday that New Mexico will receive almost $1.6 million to support AmeriCorps projects across the state. Two agencies in Doña Ana County, AVANCE New Mexico and Families and Youth, Inc. will receive funding as part of the AmeriCorps grant.
The AmeriCorps grant comes from the Corporation for National and Community Service and will fund more than 282 positions in areas such as education, health and wellness and youth service programs.
“AmeriCorps allows members to engage in meaningful public service that will make a lasting difference in New Mexico,” said Udall. “This funding will help AmeriCorps members gain valuable work and leadership experience in areas that face growing social and economic challenges.”
AmeriCorps is a national service program that engages Americans of all ages and backgrounds in service to meet critical needs. Its members serve through thousands of nonprofit and faith-based organizations in rural and urban communities throughout the nation. Among other activities, AmeriCorps members tutor and mentor youth, expand health services, build affordable housing, run after-school programs, help veterans access employment and other services, respond to disasters, and recruit and train other volunteers.
AmeriCorps, which is administered by the Corporation for National and Community Service, engages 80,000 people each year in intensive, results-driven service through more than 14,000 organizations across the country. Since 1994, more than 775,000 Americans have provided more than 1 billion hours of service to their communities and country through AmeriCorps. Among other accomplishments, AmeriCorps members last year mobilized 3.4 million community volunteers, and tutored, mentored or served more than 3.5 million disadvantaged youth. Interested individuals can learn about available opportunities and apply online by visiting AmeriCorps.gov.