In continuing collaboration with the Got Your 6 campaign, the Corporation for National and Community Service has announced an expanded commitment to support veterans and military families at the community level with new grants awarded last week to ten organizations and more than twenty-five sub-grantees that will support more than 1,000 new AmeriCorps and AmeriCorps VISTA members dedicated to serving veterans and military families in the Got Your 6 six pillars.
From expanded grants to increased “people power” at organizations that serve them, CNCS is the federal agency that leads President Obamas National Call to Service and has made the largest investment to date in funding local non-profits and state organizations with national service solutions for veterans and their families. In making the announcement at the National Conference on Volunteering and Service, the new CEO, Wendy Spencer punctuated her remarks with the growing call to action – “With this unprecedented investment, we definitely got your 6!”
These efforts will include serious multi-year investments in each of the Got Your 6 pillars:
Jobs - Employment placement services for unemployed veterans through the AmeriCorps AMVETS Career Center. The 2012 Award: $259,979 and $110,000 in eligible education awards will support 20 Full-Time AmeriCorps Members who will give 34,000 hours of dedicated AmeriCorps service combating Veteran unemployment and produce over $544,750.00 in value of service to their local communities.
Education – Campus support networks and counseling services by and for Student veterans through the Washington State VetCorps. The 2012 AmeriCorps Award: $650,000 and $275,000 in eligible education awards will support 50 Full-Time AmeriCorps members who will give 85,000 dedicated hours to assist student veterans in integration into an academic setting, improve retention, and better utilize education benefits. They will produce $1.8M in value of direct service by and for veterans and military families.
Health - Respite and other support services to veterans and family members through theUniversity of Maryland, Legacy Corps. The 2012 AmeriCorps Award: $1,871,466 and $792,720 in eligible education awards will support 540 part-time AmeriCorps members providing veteran and military family caregivers with support to decrease caregiver burden and stress, enabling families to remain in communities and postpone or avoid institutional care. They will produce 243,000 hours of dedicated service by AmeriCorps members, and generate $5,294,970 in value of direct service by and for veterans and military families at the community level.
Housing - The Rebuilding Together Capacity Corps will rebuild homes in 19 States with and for Veterans for low-income homeowners in need. The 2012 AmeriCorps Award: $769,730 and $357,500 in eligible education awards will support 65 Full-time AmeriCorps Members who will produce 110,500 hours of dedicated service repairing homes for veterans and combatting veteran homelessness. Their efforts will result in $2.4M in value of direct service to their communities by and for veterans and military families.
Family - The WestCare Foundation will implement a multi-state, AmeriCorps member peer-to-peer initiative to meet the needs of military families in the areas of housing, employment and substance abuse and mental health treatment. The 2012 AmeriCorps Award: $512,080 and $220,200 in eligible education awards will field 40 Full-time AmeriCorps Members serving veterans and military families
with 68,000 hours of dedicated assistance with substance abuse and other behavioral health challenges. The AmeriCorps members will produce 1.5M in value of direct services to their communities.
Leadership - Points of Light Community Blueprint VetCorps (GA and 7 other States) will engage Veterans in service to support returning military men and women as they seek to reintegrate into civilian life. The Full three-year Grant of $2,976,057 and $1,237,500 in eligible education awards will support 225 AmeriCorps members serving veterans and military families and produce 382,500 hours of dedicated service by veterans and military spouses as community engagement leaders to assist with job readiness. This will produce $8.3M in value of direct service impact at the community level by and for veterans and military families.
Most of the positions announced today will be available starting in the fall. Interested individuals can learn about available opportunities and submit an online application by visitingAmeriCorps.gov.
The Corporation for National and Community Service is a “Leadership” pillar supporter of the Got Your 6 call to action campaign led by The Mission Continues. In coordination with the Got Your 6 campaign, The Mission Continues, Team Rubicon, The Sixth Branch, and their partners will engage veterans in 1.5 million hours of volunteer service in communities nationwide by July 2013
The Corporation for National and Community Service is a federal agency that engages more than five million Americans in service through its Senior Corps, AmeriCorps, Social Innovation Fund, and other programs, and leads President Obama’s national call to service initiative, United We Serve. For more information, visit NationalService.gov.