President Barack Obama signs H.R. 1388, the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act, at The SEED School of Washington, D.C. The legislation tripled the size of AmeriCorps and provides new service opportunities for millions of Americans at all stages of their lives.
The AmeriCorps grants, the first made under the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act signed by President Obama in April 2009, carry out the vision of the landmark law to expand theAmeriCorps program and target it on addressing critical national issues.
Today, the Corporation for National and Community Service announced that more than 325 organizations across the country will get a major boost in their efforts – thanks to $234 million in federal AmeriCorps grants. Patrick Corvington, Corporation CEO, discussed these grants:
In difficult times, working in some of America’s most distressed communities, AmeriCorps members are using service as a solution to our toughest problems. With these grants, we are not only expanding AmeriCorps, we are focusing AmeriCorps — by targeting it on the most critical issues facing our country — from illiteracy and the high school dropout epidemic to hunger and homelessness.
Fuente: White House.gov Blog Feed