Purdy R-2 School District AmeriCorps team receives funding

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

The Purdy R-2 AmeriCorps Reading Coaches have received funding in the amount of $71,778 from the Corporation for National and Community Service.

The Missouri Community Service Commission (MCSC) announced that 18 Missouri organizations received funding for their services.

Purdy Reading Coaches help students learn to read, mentor at-risk youth, respond to disasters, provide food for those in need and help non-profits recruit volunteers and achieve their mission.

"Citizen service is an essential part of the solution to many of the social challenges facing our communities," said Linda Thompson, executive director of MCSC. "These AmeriCorps memberships will meet pressing local needs and strengthen our communities as they develop civic and leadership skills that can last a lifetime."

The MCSC is a division of the Missouri Department of Economic Development.

The Purdy Reading Coaches program was selected to receive the funds through a competitive selection process.

The grants focus on six key areas: strengthening education; fostering economic opportunity; preparing for and responding to disasters; improving health; meeting environmental and energy efficiency needs; and assisting veterans and military families.

On a national level, 80,000 AmeriCorps volunteers serve through 14,000 non-profit and faith-based organizations in rural and urban communities throughout the nation. AmeriCorps members last year mobilized 2.6 million community volunteers and tutored, mentored or served more than 2.5 million disadvantaged youth. Since 1994, more than 700,000 Americans have provided more than 860 million hours of service to their communities and country through AmeriCorps.

Some projects undertaken by AmeriCorps volunteers include: tutoring and mentoring youth; expanding health services; building affordable housing; after school programs; supporting veterans and military families; and recruiting and training volunteers.

For more information on AmeriCorps, visit www.americorps.gov.

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