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07 June 2010

Georgia Awarded $6 Million For 790 New AmeriCorps Positions

The Associated Press is reporting this morning that the federal government awarded more than $200 million in grants for the expansion of the AmeriCorps program [Sanner, Ann (2010-6-7). Gov't awards $234 million in AmeriCorps expansion. Columbus Ledger-Enquirer. Retrieved on 2010-6-7.].

Five AmeriCorps programs in Georgia are among the recipients of this new funding.

State
City
Organization
Program Name
Funds Awarded
Member Positions
GA
Atlanta
Boys & Girls Clubs
of America
Boys & Girls Clubs
of America
$124,000
310
GA
Atlanta
Habitat for Humanity
International, Inc.
Habitat for Humanity
AmeriCorps
$3,900,000
300
GA
Atlanta
Hands on Atlanta, Inc.
Hands on Atlanta
AmeriCorps
$991,520
80
GA
Atlanta
Points of Light
Foundation
HandsOn Corps
AmeriCorps Program
$793,285
82
GA
Jekyll Island
Jekyll Island
State Park Authority
dba
Georgia Sea Turtle
Center
Georgia Sea Turtle
Center Competitive
$223,907
18
5 Programs
Georgia Total
$6,032,712
790


[SOURCE: The Corporation for National and Community Service]

The $234 million in new AmeriCorps funding is part of the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act (H.R. 1388) signed into law by President Obama in 2009. The law, according to the Corporation for National and Community Service (AmeriCorps' umbrella organization), reauthorizes and expands AmeriCorps and increases opportunities for Americans of all ages to serve.

Georgia's congressional delegation was split on H.R. 1388 with all seven Republicans voting against the bill and all six Democrats voting for it [House Roll Call 140]. Georgia Senators Saxby Chambliss and Johnny Isakson both supported the legislation [Senate Vote #115].

Created in 1993, AmeriCorps is like a domestic Peace Corps. It allows Americans to give back to their community, serve those in need and make a dramatic impact upon the world they live in.