Tuesday, May 24, 2005

Commission Launches New Site

FALLON, Nev. - The Nevada Commission for National and Community Service, Inc. (NCNCS) announced the launch of a redesigned and updated web site. The new site www.americorpsnevada.org replaces one that had been in place since 2001. The site can be directly accessed from the NBCB.

“The website now reflects our expanding mission: to make service and volunteerism a positive experience and a commitment shared by all Nevadans,” said Executive Director Shawn Lecker-Pomaville.

The Nevada Commission for National and Community Service, Inc. (NCNCS) was established as a 501(c)3 organization in 1997 and, by executive order in 1998, given full authority as the governor’s commission for the administration of AmeriCorps programs. NCNCS was created to link community-building organizations with the resources to utilize people like you who can make a difference.

Since 1998, nearly 900 AmeriCorps members have served at 13 programs throughout Nevada. NCNCS continues to grow by expanding quality AmeriCorps programs, establishing new programs to meet the state’s changing needs, and by working with other organizations focused on community-building.

Today, NCNCS administers nearly $1.4 million in federal funding for AmeriCorps programs statewide. Seven programs in Las Vegas, Reno, Carson City and Elko utilize the skills of 160 highly trained AmeriCorps members: volunteers who dedicate between three and 12 months of their lives to community service. In exchange, they receive stipends for minimal living expenses as well as an education award of up to $4,725 for their own educational advancement.

With AmeriCorps programs returning $9 in services for every $1 in state funding, NCNCS has begun to expand its mission. Beginning in 2001, NCNCS has been working more closely with organizations to promote volunteerism to all Nevadans, train organizations to utilize volunteers more effectively, and recognize outstanding volunteers for their service.

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