Three nonprofit organizations in southern and Eastern Kentucky will receive a total of $959,000 in AmeriCorps funding, U.S. Rep. Harold "Hal" Rogers announced Monday.
The grants will pay for 120 AmeriCorps members to work in schools on projects that include helping students with reading and math, and fighting substance abuse.
Operation UNITE will receive $543,400 for 44 AmeriCorps staffers to work in Bell, Breathitt, Harlan, Johnson, Knott, Laurel, Leslie, Perry, Pike, Rockcastle and Wolfe counties. The MSU Corps at Morehead State University will receive $379,050 for 30 AmeriCorps members to work in its service area, and Kentucky's Teach for America will receive $36,800 to help pay for 46 AmeriCorps members, according to a news release from Rogers' office.
"AmeriCorps members are an indispensable resource for nonprofits, communities, and the individuals they serve," Rogers said. "AmeriCorps members have helped our Eastern Kentucky students improve test scores, make healthier choices about food and exercise, and they have mentored thousands of students from broken homes."
The federally funded AmeriCorps program is run by the Corporation for National and Community Service.