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Regional sponsors of National Service Programs seek local organizations as partners

By October 20, 2009General

The Center for Community and Economic Development at Delta State University and the lower Mississippi Delta Service Corps, Inc., will host a series of forums across the Delta for organizations who are interested in hosting AmeriCorps and/or AmeriCorps*VISTA members for the 2010 – 2011 program year. The program year will begin as early as January 2010 for some of the programs.

“These forums are designed so that non-profit organizations in Delta communities can learn about AmeriCorps funds and how their organizations can benefit from hosting AmeriCorps and AmeriCorps*VISTA members,” said Deborah Moore, Director of the Center for Community and Economic Development at Delta State University.
AmeriCorps, founded under the Clinton Administration, was championed by President Bush after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks as a way for Americans to serve their country and communities at home.
“National service programs have become popular to many non-profit organizations which are finding their grant funds decreasing. Agencies are also turning to the programs as an affordable way in which their agencies can provide the much needed services to communities,” said Valeria Pennington, Executive Director of the Lower Mississippi Delta Service Corps, Inc.
All forums will be held from 10 a.m. – noon, with registration beginning at 9:30 a.m.
Community forums are scheduled as follows:
Monday, October 26 – Cleveland – Center for Community and Economic Development, 1417 College Street.
Tuesday, October 27 – Vicksburg – AmeriCorps NCCC Southern Regioncampus, 2715 Confederate Avenue.
Thursday, October 29 – Clarksdale – Coahoma County Higher Education Center, 109 Clark Street, (old St. Elizabeth’s School).
Thursday, October 29 – Itta Bena – Leflore County Business & Manufacturing Development Center, 45000 highway 82 (across from MVSU).
For more information or to register, contact the Center for Community and Economic Development at (662) 846-4358.