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AmeriCorps, the domestic Peace Corps, engages more Americans in intensive, results-driven service each year. They are teaching children to read, making neighborhoods safer, building affordable homes, and responding to natural disasters. In Louisiana, more than 1,200 members are currently providing service to their communities. Most of these AmeriCorps members are selected by and serve with projects like Louisiana Delta Service Corps, ShrevCorps, Boys and Girls Clubs, and many more local and national organizations. Others serve in AmeriCorps*VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) and AmeriCorps*NCCC (the National Civilian Community Corps). After their term of service, AmeriCorps members receive education awards to help finance future education or pay back student loans.
For the 2012-2013 program year, Volunteer Louisiana awarded $3.5 million in AmeriCorps*State grants to community-based programs serving 15 parishes in Louisiana. These AmeriCorps grants support 10 local service programs which connect citizens of all ages and backgrounds with opportunities to give back to communities throughout Louisiana.