Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Eight Kansas Organizations to Split $2M ; Grants to Support the Work of AmeriCorps Volunteers

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Eight Kansas Organizations to Split $2M ; Grants to Support the Work of AmeriCorps Volunteers

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Eight organizations across the state are receiving a total of $2 million in the coming year that will support the work of AmeriCorps volunteers, the CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service announced Friday in Topeka.

"This is a federal program that is supported with local contributions, local match, local foundations, local corporate gifts," Wendy Spencer said during a news conference at the Harvesters food distribution warehouse in downtown Topeka. "That's the beauty of this. That's how it should work where you have a federal-private sector, nonprofit foundation, combination of support."

Spencer said in 2015, Kansas has maintained its No. 4 ranking in the nation for volunteerism, behind Utah, Idaho and Minnesota.

"When you get citizens involved in service, you can tackle anything," she said. "Today about 5,600 Kansans are serving in one of the Senior Corps programs or AmeriCorps programs throughout the entire state, a robust state of service through national service, which is really great."

The Kansas Volunteer Commission will distribute $1.4 million in grants for the eight agencies to support their AmeriCorps volunteer efforts, and $600,000 will be provided in scholarships for AmeriCorps volunteers. Those organizations are as follows:

- Harvesters of Northeast Kansas: $68,648 grant

- YWCA of Shawnee County AmeriCorps Youth Program and Girls on the Run: $68,637 grant

- Kansas Department of Wildlife & Parks for Kansas Outdoor AmeriCorps Action Team: $491,908 grant

- Ashby House for Opportunity Knocks Workforce Development Program of Saline County: $67,644 grant

- Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence for Boys & Girls Club After- School Program: $222,990 grant

- Kansas City, Kansas Public School District, Teacher Assistant- Tutoring Program: $148,625 grant

- Youth Volunteer Corps at YMCA of Greater Kansas City: $67,150 grant

- United Way of Douglas County: $260,000 grant

Valerie Nicholson-Watson, CEO of Harvesters, said the organization's $68,648 grant from the Kansas Volunteer Commission will help five AmeriCorps nutrition educators distribute information about healthy eating practices in the 16 northeast Kansas counties served by Harvesters' community food network. …

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