EMCC Awarded $210,336 AmeriCorps Grant

Jul 11, 2013

EASTERN MAINE COMMUNITY COLLEGE AND THE CITY OF BANGOR AWARDED
$210,336 AMERICORPS GRANT TO ENHANCE LIVES IN BANGOR

BANGOR, ME– The State of Maine, the City of Bangor, and Eastern Maine Community College (EMCC) have collaborated to create the Bangor AmeriCorps Program, “Strategy to enhance the lives of people in Bangor,” which will be funded by an initial federal grant of $210,336. This grant will benefit the Bangor community through cooperation with 11 community-oriented partner organizations by providing 12 full-time and 20 part-time volunteers to assist with projects at each organization. EMCC will be the manager and fiscal agent of the project, assisting in trainings, management, and overall administration of the program. Three of the full-time volunteers will work on campus, assisting EMCC in its mission to provide Technical, Career, and Transfer Education to over 2,700 students annually.

Dr. Pamela Proulx-Curry, Academic Dean, stated, “This is an excellent opportunity to partner with some incredible organizations in the Bangor community and work together towards the common goal of enhancing the lives of Bangor’s citizens.” EMCC and the City of Bangor Health and Community Services will be collaborating with organizations around Bangor including: the Eastern Maine Development Corporation, Salvation Army, Girl Scouts of Maine, Bangor Housing Authority, MaineStream Finance, Food AND Medicine, United Way of Eastern Maine, Unlimited Solution, and the University of Maine Bodwell Center for Volunteerism.

In exchange for 1700 hours of volunteer service per year focusing on Veterans, Healthcare, Education, Housing Access, and Financial Literacy, each full-time volunteer will receive a modest living allowance and an education award. Part-time volunteers serving from 300 to 450 hours per year will receive an education award that they can apply to their own college costs or apply to the college costs of a child, foster child, or grandchild.  Since AmeriCorps’ founding in 1994, more than 800,000 members have contributed more than 1 billion hours in service across America, while tackling pressing problems and mobilizing millions of volunteers for the organizations they serve.

To learn more about this program and to get involved, contact the program coordinator, Erin Vinson, at Eastern Maine Community College at 974-4610 or evinson@emcc.edu.

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