Local Learning Academy, Immigrant Advocacy Group Get Grants To Support AmeriCorps Members

Local Learning Academy, Immigrant Advocacy Group Get Grants To Support AmeriCorps Members

A total of $4.6 million in funding was awarded to 21 Maryland groups

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Dr. George B. Thomas Sr., who died in 2016, stands surrounded by students at the Saturday School he founded more than 30 years ago.


A Montgomery County learning academy and CASA de Maryland are among the beneficiaries of more than $4.6 million in AmeriCorps grant funding awarded to Maryland organizations.

Twenty-one groups are slated to receive the grants, which will go toward providing living stipends for AmeriCorps members for a year starting Aug. 15.

“Through funds provided by the Corporation for National and Community Service and generous donors, AmeriCorps members address issues of utmost importance to our state—changing Maryland for the better,” Van Brooks, director of the state’s office on service and volunteerism, said in a prepared statement.

AmeriCorps is a national service program that supports individuals as they spend set periods of time working in community organizations.

The George B. Thomas Sr. Learning Academy Inc., which runs programs such as the Saturday School to provide academic support and tutoring for Montgomery County students, is slated to get $223,980, enough to support 16 AmeriCorps members, according to the state. These individuals will help with school and after-school programs for economically disadvantaged students in kindergarten through 12th grade.

CASA is getting $169,393 in grant funding to offer stipends to 15 AmeriCorps members, who will provide financial literacy education, citizenship support, legal support and youth education, the state reported. The nonprofit, which advocates for Latino and immigrant people, has offices in Silver Spring, Rockville and Wheaton and other places across the state.

In addition to receiving the AmeriCorps grants, the 21 organizations will raise $7.5 million in matching funds from nonfederal sources. They can use these matching funds for various aspects of their programs.

When AmeriCorps participants in Maryland finish their year of service, they will receive a total of $3.5 million in funds that they can use to pay for higher education and to repay qualified student loans.

Bethany Rodgers can be reached at bethany.rodgers@bethesdamagazine.com.

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