Annapolis, MD – The Governor’s Office on Service and Volunteerism announced that 19 Maryland organizations will receive more than $4.5 million in AmeriCorps State grants
The money was awarded through a national competition by the Corporation for National and Community Service, the federal agency for volunteering and service.
In 2018, Maryland was ranked the No. 10 state and Baltimore the No. 1 major city in the country for producing AmeriCorps members per capita by the Corporation for National and Community Service.
Among the recipients is The Choice Program, an intensive advocacy and mentoring program serving disconnected youth based at The Shriver Center at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.
All of the grant funds will be used to provide living stipends and other program operating costs for AmeriCorps members – individuals who will commit up to one year of service to support the mission of these organizations and improve Maryland communities.
In addition to receiving a living stipend, AmeriCorps members who successfully complete their service during the 2019-2020 program year will be eligible to receive up to $6,095 through the Segal AmeriCorps Education Award to pay educational expenses at eligible higher education institutions or to repay qualified student loans. Maryland is one of only two states offering in-state tuition for individuals from out of state who have served as AmeriCorps members in Maryland.
AmeriCorps provides service opportunities for adults of all ages, whether they are currently in college or a new graduate, to those changing careers or entering retirement. These members can engage in a variety of activities including tutoring and mentoring youth, conservation in Maryland state parks, raising awareness about the opiate crisis, building the capacity of nonprofit organizations, and more.
2019-2020 Maryland AmeriCorps State Grantees
- A STAR! In Western Maryland – Frostburg State University – $330,796
- The Community Art Collaborative – MD Institute College of Art – $157,435
- The Choice Program — University of MD, Baltimore County- $22,176
- Community Mediation Corps – Community Mediation MD, Inc.- $314,478
- Conquering Opiate Abuse Together – Frostburg State University -$36,970
- HabiCorps – Habitat for Humanity of the Chesapeake – $224,625
- Heroin and Opioid Prevention and Education (HOPE) Corps – Salisbury State University – $53,226
- MD Conservation Corps – Department of Natural Resources – $318,161
- Maryland Reading Corps – The Literacy Lab- $340,300
- Maryland New Americans Opportunity Program – CASA de Maryland- $235,775
- Project CHANGE – George B. Thomas Sr. Learning Academy, Inc.- $236,474
- Promise Heights – University of Maryland, Baltimore- $192,553
- Reading Partners Maryland – $410,184
- Road Map AmeriCorps Program – Latin American Youth Center- $113,289
- Service Corps – Civic Works, Inc. – $609,225
- ShoreCorps – Salisbury State University – $208,835
- Teach for America Maryland- $169,974
- Thread, Inc.- $252,953
- Volunteer Maryland – $301,244
Total – $4,528,673