VHCB AmeriCorps Program to Receive $1.1 Million, 3-Year Renewal Funding

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Montpelier, VT – August 12, 2011 – (RealEstateRama) — The Vermont Housing & Conservation Board (VHCB) announced today a $1,134,000 grant award from The Corporation for National and Community Service. The funding will allow VHCB to sponsor nearly 100 AmeriCorps members over three years to serve at more than 20 non-profit organizations throughout Vermont, addressing community needs in the areas of housing and homelessness, energy savings, and environmental protection.

Governor Peter Shumlin said, “In 2010 the VHCB AmeriCorps Program was honored as one of the most innovative AmeriCorps programs in the United States. This grant renewal funding reaffirms the value of this important program to our communities. I congratulate the Vermont Housing & Conservation Board for receiving this grant and thank all those who have answered the call to service by joining AmeriCorps.”

Program Director Joan Marie Misek said, “In a difficult budget year and through a very competitive application process, we are thrilled to be able to continue this successful program, now entering it’s 15th year. Our members provide exemplary public service at non-profit housing development organizations, homeless shelters, home ownership centers, and at conservation organizations such as the Catamount Trails Association, the Green Mountain Club, the Nature Conservancy, the Vermont Institute of Natural Science and the Vermont Natural Resources Council.”

Over the 3-year grant period, nearly 100 new AmeriCorps members will connect individuals and families with affordable housing, deliver financial literacy programs, tackle energy efficiency measures and home repairs, steward public parks and conserved lands and educate youth on environmentally sustainable practices.

AmeriCorps is a national service program that engages Americans of all ages and backgrounds in service to meet critical needs. Its members serve in thousands of nonprofit organizations throughout the nation, developing civic and leadership skills that can last a lifetime. Among other activities, AmeriCorps members tutor and mentor youth, expand health services, build affordable housing, run after-school programs, support veterans, help communities respond to disasters, and recruit and train volunteers.

The Vermont Housing & Conservation Board AmeriCorps Program is currently recruiting members for the 2011-2012 service year, which begins on September 19 and runs until August 17, 2012. Members receive a $13,702 stipend, professional skills development trainings, an education award of $5,350 upon completion of the program, health insurance and possible school loan forbearance. For a list of available positions, call 802 828 3253 or see the website, www.vhcb.org/acorps or apply online by visiting AmeriCorps.gov

Contact:
Joan Marie Misek 802 828 3249

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