NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) – When it comes to AmeriCorps members, New Haven ranks #10 among midsize cities. New data from the federal agency in charge of the AmeriCorps program says New Haven has produced more than 1400 AmeriCorps members who’ve given more than 1.5 million hours of service and received more than $4 million in scholarships.
Currently there are 221 AmeriCorps volunteers serving in New Haven and there are nearly 800 statewide. In giving back, the Corporation for National and Community Service will invest more than $2.5 million in national service for the city including Jumpstart, Teach For America and Experience Corps.
“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. “Building on Connecticut’s strong tradition of neighbor helping neighbor, AmeriCorps members from New Haven will improve lives and strengthen communities across the nation. I salute the AmeriCorps members from Connecticut for their dedication, and thank our outstanding partners who make their service possible.”
AmeriCorps has more than 75,000 members in intensive service annually to serve through nonprofit, faith-based, and community organizations at 21,000 locations across the country. These members face challenges of educating millions of students for jobs of the 21st century; supporting individuals, families, and neighborhoods on the road to economic recovery; supporting veterans and military families; helping communities rebuild after natural disasters; improving at-risk ecosystems; and providing healthy futures.