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U.S. Representative Eddie Bernice Johnson, Representing the 30th District of Texas

Congresswoman Johnson Announces $2.5 Million in AmeriCorps Funding for Dallas, TX-30

May 8, 2020
Press Release

           Dallas, TX – Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson announced as a result of the FY2020 AmeriCorps State and National Grant Competition, Texas-30 will receive $2,489,641 million in AmeriCorps funding from the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), the federal agency responsible for AmeriCorps and other national service programs.

These grants will put 123 AmeriCorps members on the ground to serve with the following organizations:

  • City Year, Inc.’s Program, City Year Dallas – FPG will receive a total of $1,570,000.
  •  Reading Partner’s Program, Reading Partners Texas will receive a total of $919,641.

 “As a cosponsor of the legislation that established the AmeriCorps Program, I am proud to see that this program continues to assist communities with their critical needs through public service projects,” said Congresswoman Johnson. “I know the two organizations receiving the funding will continue to positively impact the communities they serve.”

 “For more than two decades, Americans have answered the call to serve by pledging to‘get things done’ as AmeriCorps members,” said Chester Spellman, director of AmeriCorps.  “Through their dedication and sacrifice, I know our nation is in good hands. We are so pleased to be supporting more AmeriCorps members in Dallas, where their service will help to create a brighter tomorrow for the communities they serve. I salute all AmeriCorps members – past, present, and future – and thank those who help make their service possible.”

The funding announced today includes more than $760,000 in Segal AmeriCorps Education Awards for the AmeriCorps members funded by these grants. After completing a full term of service, AmeriCorps members receive an award of approximately $6,000 that they can use to pay for college or to pay off student loans.

Every year, 75,000 AmeriCorps members serve through 21,000+ schools, nonprofits, and community and faith-based organizations across the country. These citizens have played a critical role in the recovery of communities affected by disasters and helped thousands of first-generation college students access higher education. They also tutor and mentor young people, connect veterans to jobs, care for seniors, reduce crime and revive cities, fight the opioid epidemic, and meet other critical needs.

AmeriCorps is funded by the Corporation for National and Community Service, the federal agency for volunteering and service, has recently marked its 25th anniversary.

Since the program’s inception in 1994, more than 1.1 million AmeriCorps members have served the nation, providing more than 1.6 billion hours of service and earning nearly $4 billion in education awards to pay for college or pay back student loans. Those interested in joining AmeriCorps can learn more at AmeriCorps.gov/Join.

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