“AmeriCorps members are the everyday heroes who serve on the frontlines of our nation’s housing, education, health, and climate crises,” said Senator Markey. “From Boston to the Berkshires, this $23 million in federal funding for the Massachusetts Service Alliance will ensure that AmeriCorps members have the support they need to further their essential public service to communities across Massachusetts.”
Happy Friday! MSA has been awarded $23,226,321 in AmeriCorps funding from AmeriCorps, the federal agency for national service and volunteerism. These grants will support over 1,800 AmeriCorps members across the state to serve with 31 AmeriCorps state programs.
Curious about our three new programs? Read about them below!
For more information and the full list of our 2023-2024 AmeriCorps state programs, check out MSA’s full press release.
Old Sturbridge Village
Old Sturbridge Village is the largest outdoor history museum in the Northeast, depicting a rural New England town of the 1830s. With their first AmeriCorps programming grant, they will host 16 reduced full-time AmeriCorps members who will partner with afterschool programs/providers serving children with limited English proficiency and disabilities in Worcester County, Massachusetts. Corps members will provide 7 week long project-based-learning units focused on 19th century history.
Learn more about Old Sturbridge Village’s AmeriCorps program here.
Perkins School for the Blind
Perkins School for the Blind serves children and young adults with multiple disabilities, their families, educators, researchers and professionals around the globe through educational services, accessibility, professional development and innovation. With their first AmeriCorps programming grant, Perkins will host 15 AmeriCorps members supporting dozen of students with multiple disabilities and visual impairments and deafblind students in increased access to expanded core curriculum (ECC) activities in Watertown, MA.
Walker Therapeutic & Educational Programs is a nonprofit based in Needham that runs programming in welfare, children's behavioral health, and special education. With their first AmeriCorps programming grant, they’re initiating a groundbreaking program featuring 20 part-time AmeriCorps members as Wellness Coaches. These members will attend a college-level training program before being matched with a Boston public school system to support the mental health of hundreds of youth.
“This year’s AmeriCorps programs are bringing innovative models to engaging AmeriCorps members to meet pressing local needs and strengthen communities,” said MSA’s CEO Emily Haber. “Through their service, the AmeriCorps members across all programs will develop civic and leadership skills to last a lifetime. I congratulate these outstanding organizations and thank all those who serve their communities through AmeriCorps.”