POSTED: Monday, June 6, 2011 - 2:45pm
UPDATED: Monday, June 6, 2011 - 7:04pm
BATON ROUGE, La (Lt. Governor's Office) — Lt. Governor Jay Dardenne is announcing that Volunteer Louisiana is granting $1.98 million in AmeriCorps grants from the Corporation for National and Community Service to four Louisiana organizations. The grants will support 221 AmeriCorps members who will meet vital needs throughout the state. The selected organizations are City Year Louisiana, Presbytery of South Louisiana, St. Bernard Project and Teach for America. These organizations were selected in a highly competitive national process.
“Each of these organizations is working every day to make Louisiana a better place to live,” Lt. Governor Dardenne, who oversees Volunteer Louisiana, said. “These grants are an important investment in our citizens’ service and will to make a difference.”
Volunteer Louisiana will grant additional AmeriCorps funding from its AmeriCorps State Formula to other Louisiana organizations in July. AmeriCorps is a national service program that engages Americans of all ages and backgrounds in service to meet critical needs in education, the environment, public safety and other areas. Its members serve in thousands of nonprofit and faith-based organizations in rural and urban communities throughout the nation.
AmeriCorps programs are recruiting now. Applicants can choose from a wide variety of positions across the state. Benefits include a living allowance, health care, training and career skills and a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award worth up to $5,350 to pay for college or to pay off student loans. Interested individuals can learn about available opportunities on www.VolunteerLouisiana.gov  and apply online by visiting http://my.americorps.gov .