California to Receive $34.5 Million to Fund AmeriCorps Programs

AmeriCorps California LogoFunding will help AmeriCorps programs address community needs 

CaliforniaVolunteers announced today that the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) has awarded California more than $33.2 million in competitive and formula grants to 57 projects that support the environment, educational and economic opportunities, and disaster assistance throughout the state.

CaliforniaVolunteers has also received nearly $1.3 million to fund planning grants for 18 different programs. Planning grants provide one-year funding to design and develop new AmeriCorps programs that can address community problems and demonstrate significant impacts.

“This is a banner year for AmeriCorps in California,” said California’s Chief Service Officer, Karen Baker. “We will be putting nearly 4,000 AmeriCorps members to work making a difference in high-need communities, all while having a dynamic service experience.”

One of the many programs funded, City Year Sacramento, will be serving over 4,000 of Sacramento’s most vulnerable students. “By improving key drop out indicators, we are helping to keep more students on track to graduate high school on time and college and career ready,” said City Year Sacramento Executive Director Jeff Owen. “This work would not be possible without the incredible investment of CaliforniaVolunteers.”

Since 1994, more than 120,000 California residents have served more than 150 million hours and have earned more than $360 million in education scholarships. CaliforniaVolunteers oversees AmeriCorps programs that engage nearly 4,000 AmeriCorps members who serve through nonprofit, faith-based, and local government at nearly 900 locations across the State of California. They are part of the nearly 8,000 AmeriCorps members who serve throughout the state.

“AmeriCorps members make a powerful impact on the toughest challenges facing our nation,” said Wendy Spencer, CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service, the federal agency that administers AmeriCorps. “Building on California’s strong tradition of neighbor helping neighbor, AmeriCorps members will improve lives and strengthen communities across the state. As they serve others, AmeriCorps members will also expand opportunity for themselves – gaining skills and experience to jumpstart their careers. We congratulate all the California organizations who received funding this year, and thank all AmeriCorps members for their service.”

A complete list of the 57 California programs that were awarded AmeriCorps competitive and formula grants can be found below:

Program Name

Legal Applicant City

Focus Area

Grant Amount

Grant Type

ACE Trails Enhancement Santa Cruz Environmental Stewardship $417,101 Competitive, Continuation
AmeriCorps Housing Support Partnership Eureka Economic Opportunity $306,444 Formula, New/Recompete
AmeriCorps Lectura Thermal Education $752,927 Formula, Continuation
Backcountry Trails Fortuna Environmental Stewardship $386,044 Competitive, Continuation
BAYAC San Rafael Education $1,949,648 Formula, Continuation
Birth and Beyond Sacramento Healthy Futures $1,206,437 Competitive, New/Recompete
Borderlands El Centro Education $468,000 Competitive, New/Recompete
Building Healthy Communities Bakersfield Education $444,499 Formula, Continuation
California Disaster Services Corps Los Angeles Disaster Services $399,968 Formula, New/Recompete
California Safe Corps Los Angeles Disaster Services $302,222 Competitive, Continuation
CalSERVES Expanded Learning Rohnert Park Education $489,850 Competitive, Continuation
CalSERVES Expanded Learning Rohnert Park Education $339,175 Formula, Continuation
CalSERVES VIP Rohnert Park Capacity Building $1,611,600 Competitive, New/Recompete
Career Connections AmeriCorps San Rafael Economic Opportunity $365,402 Competitive, Continuation
Child Welfare System Improvement Sacramento Healthy Futures $603,310 Competitive, Continuation
City Year LA Los Angeles Education $2,500,000 Competitive, Continuation
City Year LA Los Angeles Education $348,000 Formula, New/Recompete
City Year Sacramento Sacramento Education $849,948 Competitive, New/Recompete
Civic Spark Sacramento Environmental Stewardship $638,267 Competitive, Continuation
Climate Corps AmeriCorps San Rafael Environmental Stewardship $410,555 Formula, New/Recompete
Community Arts Partnership AmeriCorps Scholars & Fellows Program Valencia Education $335,606 Formula, New/Recompete
Disaster Resiliency for Vulnerable Populations Santa Ana Disaster Services $335,471 Formula, Continuation
Education Outside San Francisco Education $660,766 Formula, Continuation
Elev8 Youth Program Oakland Education $760,699 Formula, New/Recompete
First 5 Service Corps Alameda Education $1,137,384 Competitive, Continuation
Food Literacy Center’s AmeriCorps Program Sacramento Healthy Futures $273,314 Competitive, New/Recompete
Forest Aid Corps San Bernardino Environmental Stewardship $256,273 Competitive, Continuation
Healthy Choices AmeriCorps San Francisco Education $493,890 Formula, Continuation
Hope for the Homeless Los Angeles Economic Opportunity $297,683 Formula, New/Recompete
Jumpstart California San Francisco Education $1,341,327 Competitive, New/Recompete
JusticeCorps San Francisco Justice $1,083,740 Competitive, New/Recompete
Lake County Lakeport Education $288,850 Formula, Continuation
Los Angeles Promise Corps Los Angeles Education $583,070 Competitive, Continuation
Monterey County United for Literacy Salinas Education $477,023 Formula, Continuation
Muslim & Arab-American Resource Corps (MAARC) Anaheim Healthy Futures & Economic Opportunity $161,850 Formula, Continuation
North State Rural Assets Redding Healthy Futures $252,208 Competitive, Continuation
OCASA AmeriCorps San Rafael Education $274,743 Formula, Continuation
Our City Forest AmeriCorps San Jose Environmental Stewardship $741,442 Competitive, New/Recompete
Partnership for Veterans and Homeless Santa Barbara Economic Opportunity $320,160 Formula, New/Recompete
PASS AmeriCorps San Diego Education $505,479 Competitive, New/Recompete
Playworks CA Oakland Education $939,125 Competitive, Continuation
Promise Zone [Operation AmeriCorps] Los Angeles Education $165,326 Competitive, Continuation
Reading Partners Oakland Education $1,027,000 Competitive, Continuation
Reading Partners Oakland Education $338,000 Formula, Continuation
San Francisco Teacher Residency San Francisco Education $546,960 Formula, Continuation
Sierra Nevada AmeriCorps Partnership South Lake Tahoe Environmental Stewardship $363,309 Competitive, Continuation
Super Stars Literacy Oakland Education $363,958 Competitive, Continuation
Tree Mortality Mitigation Corps (CCC) Sacramento Environmental Stewardship $855,553 Formula, New/Recompete
UECC Riverside Education $289,602 Formula, New/Recompete
Up2Us Sports –  California Los Angeles Healthy Futures $235,655 Competitive, New/Recompete
VIP Service Enterprise Rohnert Park Capacity Building $805,805 Competitive, New/Recompete
Viva Bien, Coma Bien, Sientase Bien Hayward Healthy Futures $274,600 Competitive, New/Recompete
Water Action Corps Sacramento Environmental Stewardship $274,600 Competitive, New/Recompete
Watershed Stewards Project Fortuna Environmental Stewardship $426,950 Competitive, Continuation
Work Success Now! Santa Cruz Economic Opportunity $268,292 Formula, Continuation
Young Scholars San Bernardino Education $317,292 Formula, New/Recompete
Youth Investment Center Sacramento Education $366,637 Competitive, New/Recompete
Total Formula & Competitive: $33,229,039
Total Planning Grant: $1,273,059
Grand Total: $34,502,098

About CaliforniaVolunteers: CaliforniaVolunteers is the state office that manages programs and initiatives to increase the number of Californians involved with service and volunteering, including the state AmeriCorps program and the management of volunteers and monetary donations during times of disasters. For more information, please visit www.CaliforniaVolunteers.org.

About AmeriCorps: AmeriCorps is administered by the Corporation for National and Community Service, a federal agency that engages millions of Americans in service through AmeriCorps, Senior Corps, the Social Innovation Fund, and the Volunteer Generation Fund, and leads the President’s national call to service initiative, United We Serve. For more information, visit www.NationalService.gov.

 

 

 

 

CaliforniaVolunteers Now Accepting AmeriCorps Planning Grant Applications

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One-Year Grants with up to $75,000 in Funding Available 

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – CaliforniaVolunteers announced today that it is now accepting applications for 2016-17 AmeriCorps state planning grant funding in support of community partnerships that will engage AmeriCorps members to meet state and local challenges through service and volunteer action.

“CaliforniaVolunteers is committed to helping communities with the power and talent of AmeriCorps members,” said Chief Service Officer Karen Baker.  “This new round of federal planning grant funding will allow for organizations to create new and innovative AmeriCorps programs to address challenges within their neighborhoods.”

The AmeriCorps planning grants provide funding to design and develop new AmeriCorps programs that can address community problems and demonstrate significant impacts. A one-year planning grant can support staffing costs, travel, materials, and other costs necessary to conduct a community needs assessment, bring together community partners to help design appropriate service activities to address community needs identified, develop financial plans to support cost share, and develop high quality plans for managing program implementation.

The optional Notice of Intent to apply is due May 20, 2016 at 5:00 pm and the hardcopy application deadline is June 3, 2016 at 5:00 pm.

Informational call-in sessions will be held on both May 13 and 19, 2016, where interested applicants can learn more about the application process.

For more information, please visit www.californiavolunteers.org and click the “2016 AmeriCorps Planning Grant Applications” link under “Highlights.”

2016 California Governor’s Volunteering & Service Awards

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Eight Honorees to Receive Prominent Awards for Making Positive Impacts in Communities

 Today, April 7, 2016, California will be presenting the 2016 Governor’s Volunteering and Service Awards and the Hoffman Prize to honorees that have gone above and beyond in the world of service and volunteerism.

“The men and women that we recognize today are California heroes,” said California Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr.  “Their generosity and dedication are a real inspiration.”

Chief Service Officer Karen Baker will present the awards to the honorees in the Governor’s Council Room in the State Capitol in Sacramento today at 4 PM.

“We have the pleasure to be able to recognize these amazing men and women, who are dedicated to volunteerism and service,” said Karen Baker, California’s Chief Service Officer.  “Our communities are made better and more resilient thanks to these remarkable honorees that inspire us with their selfless acts of service, and we are excited to present them with these awards.”

The 2016 Governor’s Volunteering and Service Award winners and the Hoffman Prize winner are the following:

Hoffman Prize – Bobbi Silten, Executive Vice President of Global Talent and Sustainability at Gap Inc.
The Hoffman Prize recognizes an exceptional California business executive who demonstrates outstanding and impactful work fostering volunteerism in his or her local community, the State of California, the nation, and the globe. Bobbi Silten has led Gap Foundation at Gap Inc., overseeing its global community investments in women’s advancement and youth first jobs, and volunteer programs for employees worldwide.  Bobbi was tapped to lead Gap Inc.’s Global Sustainability practice, where she is tasked with vendor monitoring and capability building, environmental sustainability, global stakeholder partnerships, and sustainable innovation.  She served as a member of the White House Council for Community Solutions, which provided advice to President Obama on the best ways to mobilize citizens, nonprofits, businesses and government to work more effectively together to solve specific community needs. She co-led the Youth Employment Program working group, which developed the Connecting Youth & Business toolkit.  She co-founded “Reimagining Service,” a five-year national cross-sector initiative to increase the impact of volunteerism, and served as the chair of the Reimagining Service Council until 2014. She serves on the Leadership Council for Opportunity Nation and is also a volunteer mentor to alumni of Summer Search, a national youth leadership program.

 
California’s Volunteer of the Year – Cheryl Antony, Shelter Cove
This award honors an outstanding Californian whose volunteer service is exemplary and inspirational.  Cheryl Antony is a well-known asset in her Shelter Cove community, a small town in Humboldt County.  She is a firefighter, a first responder, a duty officer, a public information officer, a member of the Shelter Cove Community Emergency Response Team, a basic life support trainer, an EMT, and more.  She is also active with Meals on Wheels, with her church, and as a Board Member.  Cheryl received nine letters of support with her nomination.  She inspires others by her dedication and devotion.

Catherine Milton California AmeriCorps Member of the Year – Desiree Farnal, YouthSERVE (a program within CalSERVES, VIP at the Volunteer Center of Santa Cruz County)
This award honors a California AmeriCorps member who has made a substantial impact to their community.   As a third year AmeriCorps member with more than 3,500 hours served, Desiree Farnal currently serves at YouthSERVE in Santa Cruz.  She supports more than 400 teens to be the difference in their community with a number of service projects.  For example, under her leadership, these teens tutored 100 seniors in personal technology through weekly sessions at the local senior center and community hospital.  She always finds a way to say “yes” to teens who are interested in community service.

California’s Governmental Agency of the Year – The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department
This award honors an outstanding state, county, or city agency or department that has demonstrated a remarkable dedication to engaging volunteers.  Under the Community/Law Enforcement Partnership Programs Unit, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department has one of the largest Law Enforcement Volunteer Programs in the nation with over 3,500 volunteers assisting over 18,000 employees, who in turn serve over 10 million residents.   The Community/Law Enforcement Partnership Programs Unit’s extensive experience with volunteer roles and best practices has become a “go-to” resource for California agencies wanting to create or revitalize their respective volunteer programs.

California’s Disaster Volunteer Program of the Year – The San Francisco Neighborhood Emergency Response Team (SF NERT) Disaster Corps Unit
This award honors an outstanding California disaster volunteer program that has demonstrated an unwavering service commitment to the local community.  Volunteers from the San Francisco Neighborhood Emergency Response Team Disaster Corps Unit deployed to two areas of California – Lake County and Tulare County – that were experiencing a declared disaster and had an impact directly on residents, as well as assisted County officials by becoming a force multiplier for their efforts when there were too few staff to meet the need.

California’s Nonprofit of the Year – NextGen OC, Jewish Federation and Family Services of Orange County
This award honors a California nonprofit that has shown an extraordinary ability to leverage volunteers in service to their organization.  NextGen OC, Jewish Federation and Family Services of Orange County is a 100 percent volunteer organization of 21-45 year olds who work on a number of service projects.  One of their successful events was “Tikkun for Troops” in which over 2,000 care packages were assembled for those deployed in service to our country by volunteers from the Orange County community.  The care packages were assembled for the troops by over 200 volunteers, in 4 hours.  They now have plans to double the amount of care packages for the 2016 year.  (Special note: the nomination was submitted by a serviceman in Iraq.)

 California’s Business Volunteer Program of the Year – The Sacramento Kings
This award honors an outstanding California business with an innovative, high-impact employee volunteer program.  With values of “Do good,” “Impact the world,” and “Make Sacramento proud,” the Sacramento Kings engage volunteers to meet community needs focused on health, sustainability, and education.  By investing their time, resources, talent, and passion, they are not only about rallying the community around their team, but also rallying them around meeting community needs.

Service Spotlight Award – The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Los Angeles
This award honors a group or individual who has uniquely met a community need with the power of service. The 2015 Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles came with a need for tens of thousands of volunteers.  The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Los Angeles stepped in offering more than 10,000 volunteers for nearly two weeks, who worked tirelessly in different capacities along with the Southern California community. It was known as “one of the largest outpourings of community service in church history.”

2015 California Governor’s Volunteering & Service Awards, Hoffman Prize, & National AmeriCorps Swearing-In

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Eight Honorees to Receive Prestigious Awards for Impacting Communities, and Hundreds of New AmeriCorps Members to be Sworn-In

On October 15, 2015, California will be presenting the 2015 Governor’s Volunteering and Service Awards, and the Hoffman Prize to honorees that have gone above and beyond in the world of service and volunteerism.  In addition, hundreds of the more than 7,600 new members in California will be sworn-in as a new year of service has begun.

“It’s a privilege to be able to recognize these amazing men and women who are dedicated to volunteerism and service,” said Karen Baker, California’s Chief Service Officer.  “These remarkable honorees are making our communities better and stronger and it is our pleasure to present them with these awards.”

Chief Service Officer Karen Baker will present the awards to the honorees on the West Steps of the Capitol in Sacramento at 10 AM.   The 2015 Governor’s Volunteering and Service Award winners and the Hoffman Prize winner are the following:

Hoffman Prize – Susan Portugal, Bank of America’s Senior Vice President, Corporate Social Responsibility Philanthropy Director

The Hoffman Prize recognizes an exceptional California business executive who demonstrates outstanding and impactful work fostering volunteerism in his or her local community, the State of California, the nation, and the globe.  Susan Portugal is responsible for key employee engagement initiatives including the company’s nationally recognized global volunteer program and United Way Campaign. Under her direction, Bank of America Community Volunteers have driven more than 2 million hours annually of volunteerism by employees across the globe – from America to Singapore, India, Brazil, Mexico, Turkey, and the United Kingdom. Her leadership led to the company successfully achieving this impressive milestone, which gained national recognition as a top organization within Points of Light Foundation’s Civic 50 annual ranking. Susan is responsible for the company’s national United Way Campaign, through which Bank of America employees pledged $18.6 million to support thousands of nonprofits across the country in 2014.  Additionally, under Susan’s leadership, the company has made advances in integrating its volunteerism as a key component of broader corporate social responsibility initiatives, including campaigns focused on hunger, military, and financial education.

California’s Volunteer of the Year – Donna Johnson, East Porterville

This award honors an outstanding Californian whose volunteer service is exemplary and inspirational.  Donna Johnson, known to her East Porterville neighbors as the “Water Angel,” saw a need to bring attention to the disaster the current drought has become in her community.  Donna worked with local businesses to collect donations of water, paper products, and containers to be used for storing water.  She purchased pallets of water with her own funds and began delivering families bottled water to their doorsteps.  She went door-to-door introducing herself and offering drinking water along with her smile.  Donna developed routes and delivery schedules to deliver her gift of water.  Her list of water recipients has grown to nearly a hundred households.  The increasing need only fueled her desire to help.  As a result of her efforts, over 80 countries and dozens of both local and national media outlets have taken an interest in the small community of East Porterville.  Response efforts increased as local agencies, governments (Federal, State and Local), non-profit organizations, and the faith-based community, began a coordinated relief effort that has resulted in further development of both short and long term water solutions.

Catherine Milton California AmeriCorps Member of the Year – Sara Kokkeleberg, Sierra Nevada AmeriCorps Partnership/Eastern Sierra Land Trust

This award honors a California AmeriCorps member who has made a substantial impact to his or her community.  Sara Kokkeleberg has made a substantial impact to her community through her work and through her incredible attitude and personality.  Sara’s work on the Eastside Pollinator Garden Project has been exemplary.  Through her dedication, expertise, and organization, she has been the main reason the project has been so successful.  In just two short seasons, she co-created the project, which included promoting and educating our community about the importance of pollinator-friendly habitats, generating funds for this project in her service term, and certifying 37 gardens in the first year, with another 20 in progress for this year.  Through this project, Sara has helped broaden the Community Connections Program and has provided outreach to many youth groups and community members, instilling them with an appreciation for the Eastside that she has discovered.  Sara has exhibited professionalism, excellent communication skills, the ability to assimilate new information quickly, and how to then teach others this information.  Due to her engaging personality, many members of our community have increased their engagement with gardening, land conservation and volunteerism.

California’s Governmental Agency of the Year – LEAP (Lake Evacuation and Animal Protection) [Under Lake County Animal Care and Control Department]

This award honors an outstanding state, county, or city agency or department that has demonstrated a remarkable dedication to engaging volunteers.  LEAP (Lake Evacuation and Animal Protection), under the Lake County Animal Care and Control Department, worked tirelessly for 120 hours with nearly no rest to evacuate and shelter 400 large and small animals from the explosive Rocky Fire, which burned 69,438 acres and destroyed 96 buildings, including 43 homes.  Some of the notable animals rescued included and Italian-speaking parrot named Rupert who would wish his temporary caretakers ‘good night’ each night, and an exceptionally heavy tortoise that volunteers needed to help lift so it could be evacuated.

California’s Disaster Volunteer Program of the Year – San Bernardino County CERT (Community Emergency Response Team)

This award honors an outstanding California disaster volunteer program that has demonstrated an unwavering service commitment to the local community.  San Bernardino County CERT has strengthened countywide preparedness by coordinating a comprehensive program where residents receive CERT training, attend subsequent training throughout the year, and utilize this training in significant contributions of service during actual disasters. Two new unincorporated programs, four municipal programs, and one campus CERT program have been newly created, with another seven unincorporated programs and six municipal programs being revitalized. Additionally, a Spanish-based preparedness curriculum, Listos, has been delivered by CERT volunteers in two communities, training over 150 Spanish-speaking residents in its first year. This extensive training helped with the ability to activate CERT volunteers, most recently during the Lake and North Fires.  Eight different CERT programs were activated; utilizing 83 CERT volunteers to donate 1,636 hours of volunteer service.

California’s Nonprofit of the Year – ElderHelp of San Diego

This award honors a California nonprofit that has shown an extraordinary ability to leverage volunteers in service to their organization.  ElderHelp of San Diego delivers direct services to seniors through dedicated volunteers.  Through their services, they help seniors save thousands of dollars each year. Their services include free in-home services, which replace expensive services offered by home care agencies, as well as constant monitoring combined with strong health advocacy to keep seniors out of expensive nursing homes. Last year, ElderHelp assisted 5,592 seniors, either through direct services or by providing resources, and expect to serve thousands more in the future. In addition, ElderHelp services contribute to cost containment for the healthcare industry by providing continuing care, reducing hospital days for clients by nearly one-third, and preventing hospital readmissions due to falls by 91 percent. ElderHelp volunteer visits and caring assistance make a significant difference in reducing loneliness and isolation by two-thirds, as shown through impact studies.  Another vital service ElderHelp provides is a ride service called Seniors-A-Go-Go, which provides transportation for seniors from home to the store, to doctors or therapy appointments, or even to movies and social outings. Last year alone, ElderHelp volunteers logged over 10,000 hours serving seniors in the community.

California’s Foundation of the Year – Syar Industries Foundation, Napa

This award honors a California-based foundation that has made a successful investment in service and volunteering models in addressing community needs.  Syar Industries Foundation has valued civic involvement by encouraging employees, customers and foundation awardees to increase volunteerism. In the past, Syar Industries’ employees have participated in numerous days of service or holiday opportunities. To highlight a few, employees have participated in coat drives, fundraisers, women shelters, and many others. Syar and their subsidiaries host annual drives to produce toys and coats for local families.  Syar understands that an agency cannot successfully deliver on their mission without the funding for the sustainability of strong volunteer programs. Syar Industries Foundation provided the Center for Volunteer and Nonprofit Leadership’s Napa office funding in the amount of $29,000 each year for three years to provide Service Enterprise Initiative (SEI) training to nonprofit agencies in Napa County. The funding resulted in expanding SEI to Napa County with 13 local agencies in the first funding year. The generous three-year commitment provided by the Syar Foundation in support of this project has been instrumental to early success.

California’s Business Volunteer Program of the Year – AT&T California

This award honors an outstanding California business with an innovative, high-impact employee volunteer program.  AT&T has taken steps to encourage students to successfully complete high school and go on to college or a career.  Their Aspire Mentoring Academy provides flexible options to mentor students, designed to work around our employees’ schedules. Last year in California, AT&T employees attended 70 work and school events, impacting 5,800 students including over 26,000 hours of mentoring.  AT&T has also taken steps to assist in drought relief efforts.  In 2014, the leadership of AT&T California asked employees to reduce water usage, including a reduction in the washing of AT&T’s California fleet of more than 15,000 vehicles, reducing facility landscape irrigation by half, and turning off all decorative water fixtures in buildings.  Last year, AT&T reduced water use in California by almost 10 percent, equaling approximately 70 million gallons. Furthermore, AT&T supported a team of five robotics students from a Fresno Elementary school, nicknamed the “Fab 5,” who wanted to improve the way people learn about water conservation. They researched and conceived a mobile application to help local residents track their water use in real-time using their mobile device. AT&T’s $25,000 contribution, along with support from the City of Fresno and the Fresno Chamber of Commerce Foundation, provided full funding to develop and deploy the app in the City of Fresno. This commitment also jumpstarted additional fundraising efforts, now being led by the Fresno Chamber of Commerce, to support a public education and marketing campaign to promote use of the app among residents.

California to Receive $26.4 Million in AmeriCorps Grant Funding

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Funding will help AmeriCorps programs address community needs

CaliforniaVolunteers announced today that the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) has awarded $26.4 million in grants to 47 projects that support the environment, educational and economic opportunities, and disaster assistance throughout the state.

“California continues to be an innovation hub of high-quality, impactful programs, all using the power of AmeriCorps members and volunteers to get things done,” said California’s Chief Service Officer, Karen Baker.  “It is exciting to see the more than 13 percent increase in funding coming to our state.”

Annually, CaliforniaVolunteers oversees AmeriCorps programs that engage more than 3,000 AmeriCorps members who serve through nonprofit, faith-based, and local government at more than 900 locations across the State of California.  They are part of the nearly 7,600 AmeriCorps members who serve in more than 1,600 sites in California.

Since 1994, more than 900,000 Americans have provided more than one billion hours of service addressing critical challenges from poverty and hunger to disasters and the dropout crisis.  In California, nearly 120,000 AmeriCorps members have served close to 150 million hours and earned almost $341 million in education scholarships. California AmeriCorps members supported by these grants are eligible to earn approximately $15 million education scholarships to help pay for college or to pay off student loans.

“AmeriCorps members make a powerful impact on the toughest challenges facing our nation,” said CNCS CEO Wendy Spencer.  “Building on California’s strong tradition of neighbor helping neighbor, AmeriCorps members will improve lives and strengthen communities across the state.  As they serve others, AmeriCorps members will also expand opportunity for themselves – gaining skills and experience to jumpstart their careers.”

Of the 47 grants, 30 were awarded new grant funding for programs that will improve communities in the following priority areas:

  • Disaster Services – Programs in this area will help communities when disasters strike, as well as assist in pre-disaster training.
  • Economic Opportunity – Members will assist in job placement and training in these programs.
  • Education – Various tutoring methods will be used within these programs to assist high-need students from kindergarten through high school. Tutoring will include areas such as reading skills, anti-bullying, behavioral, and school gardening.
  • Environment – Programs in this area will improve the environment through restoration of watersheds and trails, as well as making wilderness areas safer and more accessible.
  • Health and Human Service Needs – Members in these programs will connect communities to healthcare and education resources, as well as strengthen parental education for positive impacts in families.

A complete list of the 47 California programs awarded AmeriCorps grants can be found below:

Legal Applicant City Program Name Focus Area Grant Amount Grant Type
Santa Cruz American Conservation Experience (ACE) California Environmental Stewardship  $         417,101 Competitive, New/Re-compete
Thermal AmeriCorps Lectura (Promote) Education  $         676,000 Formula, New/Re-compete
Santa Barbara AppleCorps Education  $         285,701 Formula, Continuation
Fortuna Backcountry Trails AmeriCorps Program Environmental Stewardship  $         386,044 Competitive, New/Re-compete
San Rafael Bay Area Workforce AmeriCorps Economic Opportunity  $         365,402 Competitive, New/Re-compete
San Rafael BAYAC (Bay Area Youth Agency Consortium) AmeriCorps Education  $      1,470,628 Formula, New/Re-compete
Sacramento Birth & Beyond Healthy Futures  $         979,889 Competitive, Continuation
El Centro Borderlands Education  $         485,395 Formula, Continuation
Bakersfield Building Healthy Communities Education  $         328,825 Formula, Continuation
San Francisco CA JusticeCorps Education  $         919,942 Formula, Continuation
Los Angeles CA Safe Corps Disaster Services  $         302,222 Competitive, New/Re-compete
Napa CalSERVES Education  $         489,850 Competitive, New/Re-compete
Napa CalSERVES II (Augment-Fixed) Education  $         339,174 Formula, New/Re-compete
Napa CalSERVES PREP (Fixed-Amount) Education  $         537,200 Formula, Continuation
Napa CalSERVES VIP Capacity Building  $      1,300,000 Competitive, Continuation
Sacramento Child Welfare Service Improvement Healthy Futures  $         603,310 Competitive, Continuation
Los Angeles City Year Los Angeles Education  $      2,500,000 Competitive, New/Re-compete
Sacramento CivicSpark Environmental Stewardship  $         638,267 Competitive, Continuation
Santa Ana Disaster Resiliency for Vulnerable Populations Disaster Services  $         160,000 Formula, New/Re-compete
San Francisco Education Outside Education  $         549,160 Formula, New/Re-compete
Oakland Elev8 Youth Program Education  $         694,980 Formula, Continuation
Alameda First 5 Service Corps Education  $      1,137,385 Competitive, New/Re-compete
San Bernardino Forest Aid Corps Disaster Services  $         256,273 Competitive, New/Re-compete
San Francisco Healthy Choices AmeriCorps Education  $         454,997 Formula, New/Re-compete
Los Angeles Hope for the Homeless Economic Opportunity  $         261,729 Formula, Continuation
San Francisco Jumpstart CA Education  $      1,168,322 Competitive, Continuation
Lakeport Lake County AmeriCorps Education  $         157,978 Formula, New/Re-compete
Los Angeles Los Angeles Promise Corps Education  $         583,070 Competitive, New/Re-compete
Salinas Monterey County United for Literacy Education  $         330,009 Formula, New/Re-compete
Anaheim Muslim & Arab American Resource Corps Healthy Futures & Economic Opp.  $         150,000 Formula, New/Re-compete
Redding Northstate Rural Assets Project Healthy Futures  $         252,208 Competitive, New/Re-compete
San Rafael OCASA AmeriCorps Education  $         251,049 Formula, New/Re-compete
San Jose Our City Forest Environmental Stewardship  $         987,871 Formula, Continuation
San Diego PASS AmeriCorps (Fixed-Amount) Education  $         452,845 Formula, Continuation
Oakland Playworks California Education  $         939,125 Competitive, New/Re-compete
Los Angeles Promise Zone Operation AmeriCorps Education  $         164,205 Competitive, New/Re-compete
Oakland Reading Partners II (Augment-Fixed) Education  $         390,000 Formula, New/Re-compete
Oakland Reading Partners California Education  $         819,000 Competitive, New/Re-compete
San Francisco San Francisco Teacher Residency Education  $         525,000 Formula, New/Re-compete
South Lake Tahoe Sierra Nevada AmeriCorps Partnership Environmental Stewardship  $         363,309 Competitive, New/Re-compete
Oakland Super Stars Literacy Education  $         363,958 Competitive, New/Re-compete
Riverside University Eastside Community Collaborative (UECC) Education  $         272,860 Formula, New/Re-compete
Los Angeles Veteran Resource Corps Veterans & Military Families  $         294,000 Formula, Continuation
Fortuna Watershed Stewards Environmental Stewardship  $         426,950 Competitive, New/Re-compete
Watsonville Work Success Now! Economic Opportunity  $         276,640 Formula, New/Re-compete
San Bernardino Young Scholars Education  $         323,040 Formula, Continuation
Sacramento Youth Investment Center Education  $         383,184 Competitive, Continuation
Grand Total  $    26,414,097

Volunteers of the Refugio Oil Spill

A wonderful overview done by the California Office of Emergency Services, highlighting volunteer efforts with the Refugio Oil Spill.

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Cal OES joined other state and federal agencies to form a Unified Command at the Santa Barbara County EOC. There, the UC coordinated all response and recovery efforts to the Refugio Oil Spill. Critical to our efforts were the teams of volunteers. But getting those teams together and ready to hit the beach is not as easy as it may seem.

The Volunteers’ Story

RefugioBusTour05232015_0309 Crews Clean Crude Oil at Refugio State Beach (Photo by: Shawn Boyd, Cal OES)

THE SPILL:
The Refugio Oil Spill occurred on May 19, 2015, just north of Refugio State Beach in Santa Barbara County, California. The oil spill came from a pipeline owned by Plains All American Pipeline. The ruptured pipeline typically moves crude oil from Exxon Mobil’s three offshore platforms situated in a nearby offshore oil field. Up to 101,000 U.S. gallons (2,400 barrels) leaked from the pipeline. The spill flowed through a highway…

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CaliforniaVolunteers Now Accepting 2016 AmeriCorps Grant Applications for State Priorities, Including Drought Efforts

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CaliforniaVolunteers announced today that it is now accepting applications for 2016-17 AmeriCorps state grant funding in support of community partnerships that will engage AmeriCorps members to meet state and local challenges through service and volunteer action. This year’s grant program will add drought relief efforts as a funding preference priority.

“CaliforniaVolunteers is committed to supporting partnerships that effectively engage AmeriCorps members to address community problems,” said Chief Service Officer Karen Baker.  “With California entering its fourth year of extreme drought conditions, we felt it necessary to add drought efforts as an additional priority for funding, as this is one of the biggest challenges California is currently facing.”

Today’s Request for Applications comes about six months earlier than normal to give applicants additional time to prepare a well-thought-out and complete application. The extended timeline also allows CaliforniaVolunteers extra time to work with applicants to strengthen their proposals, if funded, for successful implementation and to be more competitive in securing federal grants.

Informational sessions will be held in the month of May, where interested applicants can learn more about the application process, as well as more about the specific priorities for funding, including drought relief.  For more information, please visit www.californiavolunteers.org.

For more than two years, California has been dealing with the effects of drought. To learn about all the actions the state has taken to manage our water system and cope with the impacts of the drought, visit Drought.CA.gov.

Every Californian should take steps to conserve water. Find out how at SaveOurWater.com.