New federal grants will support AmeriCorps members serving Wisconsin communities with local organizations.

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-Madison) sits on the Senate Appropriations Committee. “It’s with great joy and pride that I’m announcing AmeriCorps investments totaling more than $17.3 million for the state of Wisconsin.”

The funding includes $12 million in grants to Wisconsin nonprofits and $5.2 million in education scholarships for AmeriCorps members.

In making the announcement, the Wisconsin Democrat touts the benefits of AmeriCorps. “National service is critical and cost effective as an approach to solving problems. It helps organizations to expand their reach and impact, and engages citizens and brings communities together.”

Baldwin says there are $18.6 million in local matching support.

AmeriCorps volunteers provide service to meet educational, environmental, health, economic, and other pressing needs and, Baldwin says, they acquire a passion for service that lasts a lifetime. There are 1,400 AmeriCorps members serving in about 1,300 locations around the state.

Since 1994, more than 22,000 Wisconsin residents have served more than 33 million hours and have qualified for Segal AmeriCorps Education Awards totaling more than $81,140,000.

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