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    Cohen: Memphis Organizations Receiving $4 Million for AmeriCorps and Senior Corps Programs

    MEMPHIS, TN – Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09) today announced that Memphis-area organizations have received federal investments of $4,022,791 this year for AmeriCorps and Senior Corps programs.  The funds are distributed by the Corporation for National & Community Service (CNCS) to increase access to early childhood education and other educational-related programs and to engage seniors in community service.
    “I am pleased that AmeriCorps and Senior Corps have made such an investment in the 9th District,” said Congressman Cohen.  “Programs like AmeriCorps and Senior Corps strengthen our community by educating our youth and providing opportunities for seniors to make a difference.  More than 9,500 citizens of all ages are serving in CNCS programs across the state.  Without AmeriCorps and Senior Corps, these individuals might not otherwise interact and work together to improve our community.”
    Recipients of the funding from CNCS include: BRIDGES USA, the Porter Leath Children Center, the Save the Children Field Office, the Metropolitan Interfaith Association, Teach For America – Memphis, and the Exchange Club Family Center of the Mid-South.
    In Tennessee more than 37,000 children have been tutored or mentored through the AmeriCorps and Senior Corps programs to date.  Senior Corps has helped more than 650 community organizations expand their reach and impact on community challenges.
    The Corporation for National and Community Service is a federal agency that engages more than five million Americans in service through its Senior Corps, AmeriCorps, Social Innovation Fund, and other programs, and leads President Obama's national call to service initiative, United We Serve. For more information, visit NationalService.gov.