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Volunteer Tennessee announces $2.4 million in AmericaCorps funding

Volunteer Tennessee announces $2.4 million in AmericaCorps funding

Posted: Friday, September 23, 2011 8:03 pm

Volunteer Tennessee recently announced more than $2.4 million in formula grant funding for 2011-12 AmeriCorps programs across the state.
AmeriCorps is a national service program that engages more than 100,000 Americans to meet locally identified community needs in the areas of education, environment, public safety, homeland security and human needs.
“For more than 16 years, AmeriCorps members have cleaned up polluted urban streams, provided child abuse prevention services, taught children to read, and helped senior citizens live longer and healthier lives through preventative health education,” said Jim Snell, Volunteer Tennessee’s Executive Director.
“We are very proud to provide this funding because AmeriCorps programs help local agencies maximize their capabilities to serve.”
Volunteer Tennessee, a Governor-appointed, bi-partisan board that encourages volunteerism and community service, approved the following funding at its June 17 board meeting in Nashville:
• Appalachia Habitat for Humanity (Robbins) received $152,952 for its Housing Service Corps program, which builds safe and affordable new homes and repairs older ones for low-income families in Anderson, Knox, Morgan and Scott Counties.
• Clinch Powell RC&D Council (Greeneville) received $355,637 for Appalachia CARES, a school and community-based service-learning program that promotes community, action, responsibility, education and service to youth in rural areas.
• Emerald Youth Foundation (Knoxville) received $138,229 for its T.E.A.M. program, which serves inner-city youth by leading diverse after-school activities that demonstrate leadership.
• Exchange Club Carl Perkins Center (Jackson) received $126,310 for its One Child at a Time program, where AmeriCorps members help prevent child abuse and provide assistance to abused children and their families in west Tennessee.
• Memphis Teacher Residency (Memphis) received $182,000 to recruit outstanding leaders as co-teachers for Memphis’ most academically-challenged public schools.
• RISE Foundation (Memphis) received $91,000 for STEP Prep, in which AmeriCorps members act as “coaches” to provide at-risk students with activities outside of school hours to help them graduate from high school and enter post-secondary education and training.
• Porter-Leath (Memphis) received $273,000 for its Early Childhood Home Visitation program, which provides inner-city families with prenatal, preventive health and child development information to decrease infant mortality and increase the number of children entering school prepared for success.
• Public Education Foundation (Hamilton and Knox Counties) received $212,318 for TEACH/Here, an urban teacher residency program that improves learning and life outcomes of students by recruiting, preparing and supporting exceptional teachers.
• Vanderbilt University Medical Center (Nashville) received $114,171 for the Coalition for Healthy Aging, which provides health services and minor home repairs to help senior citizens in middle Tennessee remain living independently.
• Tennessee Community Services Agency (Cookeville) received $57,286 for Partners Achieving School Success (PASS), a school-based academic and tutoring program. AmeriCorps members assist children in grades K-8 in building language arts and math skills while encouraging regular school attendance.
• Exchange Club Family Center of the Mid-South (Memphis) received $99,750 for  Project TLC (To Love a Child), which helps break the cycle of child abuse, neglect and family violence through education, prevention, intervention and other support services.
• AIM Center, Inc. (Chattanooga) received $55,992 for AmeriCorps*Building Futures, a program that helps people in the Chattanooga area with mental illness re-integrate into the community.
• Tennessee’s Community Assistance Corporation (Morristown) received $280,236 for AmeriCorps Community Cares, which assists frail seniors and people with disabilities statewide by direct, in-home assistance so they can remain living independently. The agency also received $104,125 for Making Veterans Priority (MVP), a program that provides services for socio-economic challenged veterans and their families to improve their quality of life, while giving them resources, respect and encouragement they deserve to return to a productive living.
• Martha O’Bryan Center (Nashville) received $199,486 for its THRIVE program, which helps young people change their future by mentoring youth in local schools. AmeriCorps members also participate in after-school tutorials to generate excitement about learning and community service.
Federally, AmeriCorps is a program of the Corporation for National and Community Service. For more information, visit
For more information about Volunteer Tennessee and its programs, visit

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