August 17, 2013 2:29:21 PM
Volunteer Mississippi will present an information session Tuesday, Aug. 20 in Starkville to discuss the availability of federal funds to support local national service programs, as well as opportunities to access national service resources, including AmeriCorps State, VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America), National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC), and Senior Service Corps programs. Educational institutions, volunteer centers, state and local government agencies, and nonprofit and faith-based organizations are eligible to apply for national service funding.
Tuesday's program from 9-11:30 a.m. at the Greater Starkville Development Partnership, 101 S. Lafayette St., is one of several scheduled in the state during August and September. All sessions will be an hour and a half long. Those interested in submitting an application for an AmeriCorps State program to operate in 2014 will meet for an additional hour after the presentation, for Nuts & Bolts of AmeriCorps State.
Other sessions will be Aug. 21 in Hernando, Aug. 22 in Clarksdale, Aug. 29 in Jackson, Sept. 3 in Hattiesburg and Sept. 4 in Gulfport.
AmeriCorps is a grant-funded national service network providing resources to Mississippi communities. Service program members pair with nonprofit and faith-based and community organizations and public agencies to build volunteer capacity and meet locally-identified needs. AmeriCorps members also recruit area volunteers to directly address core issues -- education, disaster, health, veterans, and the environment -- forging self-sustaining communities. To learn more or register for an information session, contact AmeriCorps Mississippi Program Officer Judy Stein at 601.842.6700 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
During the public information sessions, Volunteer Mississippi invites informal comment from the public concerning the use of service and volunteerism as strategies to meet critical community needs. Volunteer Mississippi engages and supports Mississippians of all ages and backgrounds in service to their communities. As the state office of volunteerism, Volunteer Mississippi administers AmeriCorps programs, supports a network of Volunteer Centers, and coordinates other initiatives fostering community engagement and building volunteer capacity throughout the state. Contact MCVS at 888.353.1793, or go to volunteermississippi.org, facebook.com/volunteeryall or Twitter @volunteeryall.