CHARLESTON, W.VA. – Does your organization want to start an AmeriCorps program?
Volunteer West Virginia, the state’s Commission for National and Community Service, is now
accepting applications for 2017-2018 AmeriCorps program funding. Non-profits, educational
institutions, and state and local government agencies are encouraged to apply.
Through this funding process, Volunteer West Virginia hopes to expand programming to
address jobs and tourism, arts and music, grade-level reading, and college success, and to
invest in solutions related to opioid abuse epidemic and creating safer communities. The
agency is also seeking to expand programming in north central West Virginia and in the
“AmeriCorps and other national service programs provide support for local nonprofits
and public agencies statewide,” said Heather Foster, Executive Director of Volunteer West
Virginia. “AmeriCorps is a true public-private partnership which expands the capacity of our
service agencies, provides professional development for its members and builds a culture of
civic participation and volunteer service.”
West Virginia ranks third in the nation for producing AmeriCorps volunteers. Each year
over 1,000 individuals serve as AmeriCorps members in the state. Many AmeriCorps volunteers
serve in their hometowns, while others come from across the country to make West Virginia
their home for the year. AmeriCorps members change lives through mentoring, respond to
disasters -like the recent June 2016 flooding, increase access to healthy and local food, preserve
historic properties, and more.
AmeriCorps programs do more than move West Virginia communities forward; they
serve their members by creating jobs and providing pathways to opportunity for young people
entering the workforce. In exchange for a year of service, volunteers receive a living-allowance,
money for school, and work experience.
To be eligible applicants must file an intent to apply by Friday, March 24, 2017.
more about AmeriCorps funding opportunities please call 304-558-0111 or visit