W.Va. AmeriCorps Programs Receive $2 Million in Grants

By: WSAZ News Staff Email
By: WSAZ News Staff Email

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Four AmeriCorps programs in West Virginia have been awarded federal funding to help out the communities they serve.

Senators Jay Rockefeller and Joe Manchin announced Tuesday that $2.6 million has been awarded to the state.

The funding comes from the Corporations for National and Community Service, which oversees AmeriCorps programs.

Appalachian Forest Heritage Area in Charleston will receive $260,000 to enhance assets to benefit communities. AmeriCorps members will use the money to help remove invasive species in the area and restore forest habitat. They will also assist in weatherizing low-income homes and public buildings.

United Way of Central West Virginia in Charleston will receive $252,000 that will be used to provide job skills training for veterans and military families in the state.

The United Way of Central West Virginia also received $930,000 to use to work to improve academic engagement among K-12 students and to improve retention among college students. Members will also assist in job skill and financial literacy training for low income residents, and will lead nutrition education classes throughout the state.

WVU Research Corporation in Morganton will receive nearly $1.2 million to provide literacy assistance and maintain nutritional status for low-income 1st-6th grade students during summer break.

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