Posted on May 31, 2012
“Tennessee is called the Volunteer State for a reason—we believe in the importance of giving each other a helping hand—and the AmeriCorps grant winners in Nashville, Knoxville, and Robbins reflect that spirit.” – Lamar Alexander
WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today congratulated the three Tennessee winners of this year’s AmeriCorps grants--the Martha O’Bryan Center in Nashville, the Knoxville Knox County Community Action Committee in Knoxville, and Appalachia Habitat for Humanity in Robbins:
“Tennessee is called the Volunteer State for a reason—we believe in the importance of giving each other a helping hand—and the AmeriCorps grant winners in Nashville, Knoxville, and Robbins reflect that spirit. I congratulate them and am encouraged by their commitment to meeting the community’s needs.”
AmeriCorps grants are awarded to organizations that sponsor national service programs—helping to cover part of the cost of operating the program.
At the Martha O’Bryan Center, AmeriCorps members will support K-8 academic achievement in Nashville's high-poverty schools through tutoring, providing out-of-school time services, and reaching out to parents. The 30 members will also support the O'Bryan center by recruiting volunteers and participating in direct service projects such as Meals on Wheels.
At the Knoxville Knox County Community Action Committee, AmeriCorps members will teach environmental education, implement organic gardening programs, recycling programs, home energy audits, and environmental service learning and clean-up projects targeting youth and adult residents of Knoxville and the surrounding area.
At Appalachia Habitat for Humanity, AmeriCorps members will serve on housing construction teams and as volunteer managers, in addition to providing support services with partner organizations to assist individuals and families access housing services within a four county region in East Tennessee.
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