WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) announced today that 12 programs in Wisconsin will receive more than $13 million in funding through grants and education awards from AmeriCorps, the federal agency for national service and volunteerism. The funding comes from the Senator Baldwin-supported American Rescue Plan and the Fiscal Year 2023 federal budget.
These grants awarded through the FY2023 AmeriCorps State and National Grant Competition will support 598 AmeriCorps members who will collaborate with organizations across the state on public service projects. Their efforts will address a variety of issues including supporting runaway and homeless youths, offering tutoring and career services, expanding access to affordable housing, and providing veterans with intensive personal care.
“Wisconsinites proudly step up and serve their communities to educate our youth, help our veterans, feed the hungry, and meet the state’s most pressing challenges. And those who serve not only have the opportunity to make a difference, but they develop valuable skills that will serve them for years to come," said Senator Baldwin. “That’s why I voted for the American Rescue Plan Act, to invest in our premiere national service organization, AmeriCorps and our future. I want to thank all of the AmeriCorps members from all backgrounds who are rising to the challenge and working to strengthen communities across Wisconsin.”
A full list of funded programs is available here. In Wisconsin, 12 programs received funding totaling over $13 million, including:
- Easter Seals Wisconsin (ESW) – AmeriCorps Partnership to support 25 AmeriCorps members who will provide intensive personal care and lead therapeutic recreation activities for individuals with disabilities, youth in transition, and veterans and their families at ESW Camps in Wisconsin Dells.
- United Way of Dane County – Achievement Connection to support 15 AmeriCorps members who will tutor High School students in Algebra and Geometry in four high schools in Madison and Middleton.
- United Way of Dane County – Schools of Hope AmeriCorps Project to support 16 AmeriCorps members who will serve as tutors and tutor coordinators in elementary schools in the Madison Metropolitan School District and Sun Prairie Area School District.
- Renewal Unlimited – Fresh Start Program to support 25 AmeriCorps members who will construct two affordable, energy-efficient, single-family homes, while working to obtain a HSED/Diploma and leadership, job training, and life development skills in Columbia County.
- Racine Zoological Society to support 15 AmeriCorps members who will give educational programs in public schools for students in kindergarten, third, fourth, seventh, and ninth grades.
- Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee – ClubCorps to support 96 AmeriCorps members who will be responsible for providing targeted core area programming to Club Members in Club locations across Milwaukee and Camp Whitcomb-Mason.
- Marquette University – 414 Fellows AmeriCorps Program to support 27 AmeriCorps members who will provide one-on-one serve and return activities for children ages zero to three years old in Milwaukee in Early Head Start classrooms.
- Milwaukee Public Library Foundation to support 20 AmeriCorps members who will foster academic engagement and social-emotional learning through strong developmental relationships with elementary through high school students.
- Public Allies – National, an organization headquartered in Wisconsin that supports 257 AmeriCorps members and operates around the country to advance racial equality and economic opportunity.
- Public Allies – Wisconsin AmeriCorps to support 60 AmeriCorps members who will provide capacity building services to 36 Partner Organizations in Milwaukee, Racine and Kenosha Counties.
- College Possible – Wisconsin to support 42 AmeriCorps members who will support students from low-income backgrounds for success in post-secondary education through academic and college preparation programming in Milwaukee, and surrounding areas.
- Western Dairyland Economic Opportunity Council – Chippewa Fresh Start to support 17 AmeriCorps members who will participate in the construction of three new single-family homes in Eau Claire, Chippewa, and Ashland/Bayfield counties, including two full-time Mentor and Volunteer Coordinators.