WASHINGTON – Senators Jeanne Shaheen and Maggie Hassan announced today that New Hampshire has received more than $4 million in AmeriCorps funding from the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), the federal agency that administers AmeriCorps and other national service programs. The funding from CNCS will support 298 AmeriCorps members in New Hampshire. The funding is a significant increase from last year when New Hampshire received $2.9 million in AmeriCorps funding.
The federal funding will support AmeriCorps members at City Year New Hampshire, the Student Conservation Association, the New Hampshire Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence, the Campus Compact for New Hampshire, the Squam Lakes Association, Mary Hitchcock Memorial Hospital, and Harbor Homes.
“I’m pleased to see these federal resources going to AmeriCorps programs operating throughout our New Hampshire communities,” said Senator Shaheen. “AmeriCorps plays a significant role assisting our local organizations, helping to provide a wide array of services for Granite State families. These federal dollars are substantial investments in both New Hampshire organizations and AmeriCorps participants, who are budding members of our rapidly expanding workforce. As a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, I’ll continue to fight for additional assistance to support AmeriCorps and other important training programs.”
“AmeriCorps programs are helping to improve communities across the Granite State, while also fostering important skills for Corps members that will help them compete in the workforce and our 21st century innovation economy,” Senator Hassan said. “These organizations are helping to build a stronger New Hampshire, and I am pleased to announce these AmeriCorps grants to support them in continuing their important work. I will keep standing up against any senseless proposals to slash funding for the Corporation for National and Community Service.”
“AmeriCorps members in these programs provide critical assistance in the Granite State, helping victims of domestic and sexual violence, serving as interpretive rangers and environmental stewards, delivering mentoring and education programing to keep youth engaged in school, and offering access to higher education and skills building programs,” said Gretchen Berger, Executive Director of Volunteer NH. “With the expanded funding this year, we look to offer more programing, with members serving to assist individuals and families impacted by the opioid crisis and youth in foster care. In addition, the Formula funding awarded to NH shall assist with planning grants to multiple community organizations working on issues of transportation, health, rural program development and support to our aging population. Volunteer NH is pleased to be the stewards of this important work.”
The federal investment also includes nearly $700,000 in non-competitive formula funding for Volunteer NH to support additional AmeriCorps members in the coming months.
AmeriCorps engages more than 75,000 Americans every year in intensive service at places across the country, including nonprofits, schools, public agencies, and community and faith-based groups. The program is administered by the Corporation for National and Community Service. For more information, visit here.