Contact Information

520 Market St
Camden, NJ 08102 - 1300
(856) 757-7200
FY 2015 AmeriCorps State Commission

Executive Summary

The State of New Jersey seeks to partner with the City of Camden to launch Camden PowerCorps, a program that will deploy 60 (30 per each six month cohort) AmeriCorps members to maintain parks, stormwater inlets, and other green infrastructure projects in Camden City. During the three-year program period, the AmeriCorps members will be responsible for maintaining over 53 green infrastructure installations including 20 rain gardens, 10 city and county parks, 400 vacant lots, and 5500 stormwater inlets that comprise Camden City's network. In addition, the AmeriCorps members will leverage an additional 400 volunteers who will be engaged in environmental projects throughout the city including cleaning our waterways, planting trees, and helping to maintain and beautify Camden City. The State and City will partner with: Center for Family Services, based on their considerable national service expertise and leadership in youth development; Cooper's Ferry Partnership, based on their expertise in coordinating Camden's citywide environmental collaborative; and the CamdenCounty Municipal Utilities Authority, a national leader in green infrastructure development.

This program will focus on the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) focus areas of environmental stewardship and economic opportunity. The three-year CNCS investment of $402,900.00 per year for three years will be matched with an additional $515,124.00 per year for three years from Camden City, the Camden County Municipal Utilities Authority, Center For Family Services, and the Camden County Parks Department.

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