Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Nevada Volunteers Grants More than $1 Million to State Programs

RENO, Nev. — The Corporation for National and Community Service in Washington DC has awarded grants totaling $1,289,916 to Nevada. This includes an additional $672,416 for AmeriCorps Nevada programs for grant recipients Nevada Outdoor School, Parasol Tahoe Community Foundation, United Way of Southern Nevada and U.S. Veterans Initiative, Inc. The commissioners of Nevada Volunteers, tasked with administering these funds, have approved grant awards for the 2008-2009 grant year.

"We look to answer needs within the community with the volunteers this funding allows," said Bryan Guiot, program director for Nevada Volunteers. "Each of these programs provide services that otherwise wouldn't be there without this funding source. This year we added United Way of Southern Nevada in Las Vegas which expanded AmeriCorps members in Clark County. Next year, there will be five AmeriCorps Nevada programs that will include two in Las Vegas, one statewide, one in Incline Village and one in Winnemucca.”

Each of the grants for AmeriCorps members will be used in specific areas that address community needs.

The Nevada Outdoor School will have 11 AmeriCorps members to serve Humboldt County. Its $134,997 grant award is used for education programs on Nevada 's unique environment. The school is partnered with Bureau of Land Management and the American Red Cross serving the community in those areas as well.

Parasol Tahoe Community Foundation (PTCF) supports 14 AmeriCorps members. Serving the greater Lake Tahoe region, its $176,006 grant will be used for a variety of needs ranging from domestic violence intervention to supporting the American Red Cross presence in the area.

The United Way of Southern Nevada program will administer ten AmeriCorps members. This new grant of $125,991 is targeted toward families. AmeriCorps members will serve families at risk for homelessness, as well as offering support service learning initiatives with K-12 students and kindergarten readiness programs.

Las Vegas-based U.S. Veterans Initiative, Inc. utilizes 19 AmeriCorps members. The $235,422 grant award serves homeless people in southern Nevada (Clark County). Services also include a collaboration with Central Christian Church, where AmeriCorps members assist with services for homeless teenagers through partnership with Street Teens.

Great Basin Institute (GBI) Nevada Conservation Corps (NCC), the statewide AmeriCorps program, was awarded an AmeriCorps grant competitively from the Corporation for National and Community Service. The grant expands the NCC to 125 AmeriCorps members from the current 86 members, providing valuable natural resource management services throughout Nevada .

Nevada Volunteers creates opportunities to inspire, teach, train and recognize individuals, organizations, and businesses across Nevada to develop a legacy of service and citizenship. Nevada Volunteers is the governor's commission that administers AmeriCorps programs statewide and hosts the annual Governor's Points of Light award. Since 1998, over 1,100 AmeriCorps members have served throughout Nevada recruiting more than 14,000 volunteers who donated over 97,000 hours of service to local communities.

Nevada Volunteers does a fantastic job of serving critical needs in urban, suburban and rural communities throughout the state of Nevada. From helping to rehabilitate homeless veterans to helping at-risk children stay in school and away from drugs, Nevada Volunteers is a tremendous value for the state.

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