Meeting Community Needs in Colorado: More than 12,000 people of all ages and backgrounds are helping to meet local needs, strengthen communities, and increase civic engagement through national service in Colorado. Serving at more than 1,200 locations throughout the state, these citizens tutor and mentor children, support veterans and military families, provide health services, restore the environment, respond to disasters, increase economic opportunity, and recruit and manage volunteers. This year, the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) will commit more than $31,790,000 to support Colorado communities through national service initiatives. Through a unique public-private partnership, this federal investment will leverage an additional $8,810,000 in other resources to strengthen community impact, build local support, and increase return on taxpayer dollars.
This year, AmeriCorps will provide more than 5,400 individuals the opportunity to provide intensive, results-driven service to meet education, environmental, health, economic, and other pressing needs in communities across Colorado. Most AmeriCorps grant funding goes to the Serve Colorado Governor's Commission on Community Service, which in turn awards grants to nonprofit groups to respond to local needs. Most of the remainder of the grant funding is distributed by CNCS directly to multi-state and national organizations through a competitive grants process. Other individuals serve through AmeriCorps VISTA, whose members help bring individuals and communities out of poverty by serving full-time to fight illiteracy, improve health services, create businesses, and increase housing opportunities, and AmeriCorps NCCC (National Civilian Community Corps), a 10-month, full time residential program for men and women between the ages of 18 and 24. In exchange for their service, AmeriCorps members earn an education award that can be used to pay for college or to pay back qualified student loans. Since 1994, more than 27,000 Colorado residents have served more than 23 million hours and have qualified for Segal AmeriCorps Education Awards totaling more than $53,990,000.Download: AmeriCorps in Colorado (PDF)
More than 6,900 seniors in Colorado contribute their time and talents in one of three Senior Corps programs. Foster Grandparents serve one-on-one as tutors and mentors to more than 7,800 young people who have special needs. Senior Companions help more than 1,800 homebound seniors and other adults maintain independence in their own homes. RSVP volunteers conduct safety patrols, renovate homes, protect the environment, tutor and mentor youth, respond to natural disasters, and provide other services through more than 740 groups across Colorado.Download: Senior Corps in Colorado (PDF)
Social Innovation Fund
The Social Innovation Fund transforms lives and communities using limited federal investment as a catalyst to grow the impact of nonprofits with evidence of strong results. It harnesses the expertise of grantmaking intermediaries to identify, evaluate and expand effective nonprofits and engages funding partners to contribute nearly three dollars to every one federal dollar invested. As the Social Innovation Fund network grows programs that work in Colorado, more people are able to overcome their most pressing challenges in the areas of economic opportunity, health, and youth development. The Social Innovation Fund is investing $1,350,000 in expanding the impact of 10 nonprofits in Colorado, selected and supported by 1 intermediary.Download: Social Innovation Fund in Colorado (PDF)
The Corporation for National and Community Service is a federal agency that improves lives, strengthens communities, and fosters civic engagement through service and volunteering. CNCS annually engages more than five million Americans in service to meet local needs through Senior Corps, AmeriCorps, and national days of service; improves communities through the Social Innovation Fund, and leads President Obama's national call to service initiative, United We Serve. To learn more visit NationalService.gov or Serve.gov or call 202-606-5000 or TTY 1-800-833-3722.