WA State Employment Security Department

Contact Information

640 Woodland Square Loop SE
Lacey, WA 98503 - 1045
(360) 407-1341
FY 2015 AmeriCorps State Commission Fixed Amount

Executive Summary

Washington Service Corps (WSC), a multi-focus intermediary program overseeing a consortium of approximately 350 partner sites across the state, will have 567 AmeriCorps positions who will provide services at under-resourced partner sites that offer: (1). disaster-preparedness education; (2). financial literacy education and job development services; (3). tutoring and engaging enrichment activities; (4). education and training about environmentally-conscious practices and services to treat parkland; (5). information about health programs; health education for adults; nutrition education for children; outreach and direct supports for seniors; and (6). volunteer opportunities for veterans.

At the end of the first program year, the members will be responsible for the following outcomes: (1). 17,500 individuals will increase their knowledge of disaster preparedness; (2). 450 low-income individuals will have improved financial knowledge and 900 low-income individuals will improve their workplace readiness; (3). 2,400 students will increase proficiency in literacy and/or math; 1,050 students will demonstrate improved engagement attitudes; and 420 students will demonstrate improved engagement behaviors; (4). 9,000 individuals will have increased knowledge of environmentally-conscious practices; 3,000 will express intent to protect the environment or reduce energy consumption; and 900 acres of treated parkland or other public/tribal lands will be improved; (5). 4,900 individuals will increase their knowledge about health programs; 2,100 will increase their knowledge of community health status, health care needs and positive health behaviors; 1,800 students will increase their knowledge of healthy eating habits and resources; and 420 seniors will report having increased social connections and/or perceived social support; (6). 150 veterans will articulate at least one benefit they received as a result of volunteering and express their intent to volunteer in the future. In addition, through WSC's technical assistance, training, and support, 350 under-resourced organizations will expand their ability to address community needs.

The program will focus on the CNCS Focus Areas of Disaster Services, Economic Opportunity, Education, Environmental Stewardship, Healthy Futures, and Veterans and Military Families. In addition, locally-defined focus areas will also be addressed. AmeriCorps members will recruit and leverage the efforts of an additional 20,000 volunteers, who will extend and enhance AmeriCorps members' service, increasing members' capacity to provide the services listed above.

With the CNCS investment of $7,149,870, WSC will leverage $2,927,521 in member-placement fees from project sites.

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