Greenville, South Carolina – Impact America is pleased to announce that it has received a grant from AmeriCorps, the federal agency for national service and volunteerism. This funding will support Impact America’s presence across the Southeast where it has worked to address the consequences of poverty through health, economic, and education-based initiatives for almost 20 years.
“The AmeriCorps model has been vital to our organization's scope, and this award will enable us to reach thousands of children and families throughout the Southeast in the coming year. Our AmeriCorps Members believe in the ability to make a real difference in the lives of those living in or near poverty, and they think critically about every aspect of our programs in order to better serve our communities,” Impact America Executive Director Melanie Rhodes said.
Impact America is currently recruiting AmeriCorps members in Alabama, South Carolina, North Carolina, and Tennessee to support its three initiatives. FocusFirst conducts vision screenings for preschoolers and ensures children receive required follow-up care; SaveFirst provides free tax preparation services, saving families millions of dollars in tax preparation fees and securing millions more in tax refunds; and SpeakFirst coaches and supports students in a Birmingham-based debate program that prepares members for excellence in college and beyond.
Those interested in serving with Impact America’s AmeriCorps program can apply on the organization’s website at impactamerica.com/corps.
AmeriCorps State and National engages more than 65,000 Americans in intensive service each year. Full-time AmeriCorps members in the AmeriCorps State and National program receive a modest living allowance, healthcare and childcare. At the successful completion of each service term, members earn a Segal AmeriCorps Education award to repay qualified student loans and to pay current education expenses at eligible institutions of higher education and training programs.
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