POPLAR BLUFF, MO (KFVS) - Governor Jay Nixon announced that $4,209,544 in grants has been made available for the 2015 fiscal year to 21 Missouri organizations through the Corporation for National and Community Services.
The Poplar Bluff R-I School District was awarded $176,263 for education.
The CNCS awarded $325,288 to the Boys Hope Girls Hope multi-state program, to make 31 additional AmeriCorps positions in Bridgeton and $1,834,221 was awarded to the following Missouri nonprofit organizations and public agencies:
- AmeriCorps St. Louis Safety Service Corp was awarded $439,652.50
- Eldon R-1 School District was awarded $390,000
- Missouri College Advising Corps was awarded $524,000
- Waynesville R-VI School District was awarded $480,569
Around 802 AmeriCorps members commit to one year of civil service and receive support throughout Missouri. Members will receive help with tutoring and mentoring youth, assistance for military families and veterans, health education programs, environmental stewardship projects to conserve natural resources, and help for communities recovering from disaster.
"AmeriCorps Members make a powerful impact on the toughest challenges facing our nation," CNCS CEO Wendy Spencer said. "Building on Missouri's strong tradition of neighbor helping neighbor, AmeriCorps Members will improve lives and strengthen communities across the state. As they serve others, AmeriCorps Members will also expand opportunities for themselves, gaining skills, and experience to jump start their careers."
The competitive AmeriCorps grant cycle prioritized investments in economic opportunity, education, veterans and military families and disaster services.
"Volunteering our time and talents builds character while meeting critical challenges in our communities," Governor Nixon said. "These AmeriCorps Members will help strengthen communities as they develop civic and leadership skills to last a lifetime. I congratulate these outstanding organizations and thank all those who serve their communities through AmeriCorps."
The $2,104,772 that remains was awarded by the Missouri Community Service Commission to 16 organizations in Missouri:
- A Million Stars, dba College Bound was awarded $299,997
- Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Missouri was awarded $67,484
- Child Abuse Prevention Association was awarded $109,839
- Harvesters - The Community Food Network was awarded $151,021
- International Institute of St. Louis was awarded $137,299
- Jumpstart for Young Children was awarded $299,999
- Kingdom House was awarded $68,646
- Knowledge Management Associates was awarded $94,674 (Primaris/CLAIM)
- Metropolitan Lutheran Ministry was awarded $68,650
- Missouri Alliance of Boys and Girls Clubs, Inc. was awarded $68,263
- Purdy R-II School District was awarded $74,208
- Teach for America was awarded $150,000
- The Literacy Club was awarded $134,733
- YMCA of Greater Kansas City was awarded $66,957