Applications for Grants for Volunteer Programs Now Available, Cox Says
Rep. Jim Cox (R-Berks) announced today that grant applications are available for 2008-09 AmeriCorps programs in Pennsylvania.
These grants, available through PennSERVE, the Governor’s Office of Citizen Service, help support volunteer programs for local communities in areas including education, the environment, public safety and homeland security. The funding is also designed to help organizations strengthen communities by implementing innovative service programs that address community needs through the use of volunteers.
“Volunteer service is a key element in the success of every community,” Cox said. “Funding for sustainable programs that produce quality volunteers is essential to guarantee their ongoing success.”
Services provided by programs funded through PennSERVE include:
  • Training hundreds of new volunteers.
  • Tutoring and mentoring high-risk youth.
  • Organizing neighborhood watch organizations.
  • Assisting crime victims.
  • Helping to build affordable housing.
  • Helping seniors live independently.
  • Cleaning up rivers and streams.
  • Providing assistance to victims of natural disasters.
This available funding enables communities to accomplish tasks and implement programs that benefit all citizens,” Cox said. “I urge all community leaders and residents alike to take advantage of these grants.”
AmeriCorps is a national service program that operates, in part, through grants from PennSERVE to local organizations which recruit, train and manage AmeriCorps members for the purpose of serving communities in the Commonwealth.

Visit  to access additional grant application information. The deadline for submission is Nov. 2.


Rep. Jim Cox
129th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
(610) 670-0139
(717) 772-2435
Contact: Joe Pistorio
(717) 787-2932
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September 25, 2007