Meeting Community Needs in West Virginia: More than 3,200 people of all ages and backgrounds are helping to meet local needs, strengthen communities, and increase civic engagement through national service in West Virginia. Serving at more than 740 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 $13,920,000 to support West Virginia communities through national service and social innovation initiatives. Through a unique public-private partnership, this federal investment will leverage an additional $7,380,000 in other resources to strengthen community impact, build local support, and increase return on taxpayer dollars. Nationwide, CNCS, its grantees, and project sponsors generated more than $1.25 billion in outside resources from businesses, foundations, public agencies, and other sources in FY 2015.
Mapping National Service in Your State
Explore the map below to see where programs were located and members and volunteers were serving in your state/territory during the 2016-2017 program year. This data comes from the 2016-2017 State Profiles reports and can be explored in detail by clicking on the map name in the viewer.
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This year, AmeriCorps will provide more than 1,100 individuals the opportunity to provide intensive, results-driven service to meet education, environmental, health, economic, and other pressing needs in communities across West Virginia. Most AmeriCorps grant funding goes to the Volunteer West Virginia, 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 hunger and illiteracy, improve health services, 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 12,000 West Virginia residents have served more than 18 million hours and have qualified for Segal AmeriCorps Education Awards totaling more than $30,420,000.
More than 2,000 seniors in West Virginia 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 850 young people with exceptional needs. Senior Companions help more than 280 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 290 groups across West Virginia.
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 millions of 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 volunteer initiatives across the nation. To learn more visit NationalService.gov or Serve.gov or call 202-606-5000 or TTY 1-800-833-3722.