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PRESS RELEASE / ANNOUNCEMENTS Friday, August 26, 2016

National School Lunch Program at Peabody Charter School

Applications for new Santa Barbara County AmeriCorps Partnership
For Veterans and People Experiencing Homelessness Now Being Accepted.

AmeriCorps is a national network of programs that engage more than 80,000 volunteers each year in intensive community service work with the goal of “helping others and meeting critical needs.” Applications for participation in the Santa Barbara County AmeriCorps Partnership are available at: (www.SBCAmericorps.org)
The United Way of Northern Santa Barbara County and a partnership of public and nonprofit agencies have established a new AmeriCorps program. The AmeriCorps program has been designed to assist veterans and individuals and families experiencing homelessness with supports needed to attain and/or retain housing, and become self-sufficient. AmeriCorps resources are also focused on building capacity of partner agencies to provide services through the use of volunteers.

Nationwide AmeriCorps members’ activities address critical needs in education, healthy futures, clean energy/environment, veterans, economic opportunity and other unmet human needs specific to a local program design. In return for their service, AmeriCorps members receive a modest cash living allowance and other benefits while serving. Upon successful completion of their service, members receive an Education Award that can be used to pay off existing student loans or to pay continuing education costs. AmeriCorps grants are awarded annually to organizations to operate an AmeriCorps program through a competitive application process. AmeriCorps grantees have the responsibility to recruit, select, train and manage their own AmeriCorps members, and design and operate their program. In California, the program is administered by the state commission, CaliforniaVolunteers, and sponsored by the national Corporation for National and Community Service.

“I’m excited about the potential this new AmeriCorps program has to help meet our County’s goals to reduce the number of people experiencing homelessness, minimize the impacts of homelessness as well as helping to meet the needs of our veterans.” Eddie Taylor, Executive Director of the United Way of Northern Santa Barbara County said. “This program will also support the great work of public agencies and non-profits across the county.”

If you are interested in becoming a founding donor of the Partnership for Veterans and People Experiencing Homelessness, there are a number of sponsorship opportunities that include exciting and meaningful benefits (like your company banner at our events, in our event programs, on our website and in a high circulation publication in Santa Barbara County). To learn more about the Santa Barbara County AmeriCorps Partnership For Veterans and People Experiencing Homelessness visit: www.SBCAmericorps.org

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