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Iowa AmeriCorps State of Promise Program Receives New Funding

6/2/2008

AMES, Iowa -- In May the Iowa Commission on Volunteer Service voted to award more than $3.25 million in AmeriCorps State grants and education awards to support the placement of 442 AmeriCorps members within community-based organizations across Iowa. The Iowa AmeriCorps State of Promise Program is among the programs to receive additional funds. The program will receive a $343,389 grant.

The Iowa AmeriCorps State of Promise Program is hosted by Iowa State University Extension 4-H Youth Development in collaboration with Iowa’s Promise and the Iowa Commission on Volunteer Service. Under this program, AmeriCorps Promise Fellows serve with youth development programs in communities across the state. Membership is open to U.S. citizens or lawful permanent residents age 17 and older.

According to Judy McCarthy, program director for Iowa AmeriCorps State of Promise, “The program encourages people to be involved in their communities and helps them accomplish things for their communities.”

AmeriCorps members serve their community, state and country through local schools, governments or nonprofit organizations. Since 1994, more than 4,000 Iowa residents have provided more than 5.2 million hours to local communities through a number of AmeriCorps programs, including the Iowa AmeriCorps State of Promise Program.

When Gov. Chet Culver announced the expansion of AmeriCorps in Iowa he said, “AmeriCorps members are tackling our toughest problems, strengthening our communities, and improving the civic life of our state. I congratulate all of the organizations receiving these grants and thank all those who have answered the call to service by joining AmeriCorps.”

AmeriCorps members can serve on a full or part time basis. Full time members receive a modest living allowance, and all members receive an education award of up to $4,725, which can be used for higher education tuition or loan repayment after completing a full term of service.

To learn more about the Iowa AmeriCorps State of Promise Program, contact Judy McCarthy at (515) 294-1611 or mccarthy@iastate.edu. Or see the Website, www.extension.iastate.edu/4h/americorps/.

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Contacts :
Judy McCarthy, Iowa AmeriCorps State of Promise Program, (515) 294-1611, mccarthy@iastate.edu

Laura Sternweis, Extension Communications and External Relations, (515) 294-0775, lsternwe@iastate.edu