FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Elder Justice AmeriCorps
Taí Merey Alex, Senior Manager, Public Programs
202.466.3686 ext. 141
Veterans Legal Corps
Toya Lynch, Senior Manager, Public Programs
202.466.3686 ext. 127
Equal Justice Works Receives Two National AmeriCorps Grants Totaling $2.85 million
Funding will enable AmeriCorps members to provide critical legal support to vulnerable veterans and victims of elder abuse.
Washington, DC, June 30, 2016 – Equal Justice Works has received two AmeriCorps grants from the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) to support AmeriCorps members who will provide legal representation to thousands of seniors and veterans.
The grants will support AmeriCorps members at dozens of host sites in approximately 23 states across the country. AmeriCorps members will provide legal support to help veterans navigate housing, employment, and benefits challenges, and help seniors defend themselves against various forms of abuse including financial exploitation and neglect. Low income veterans and elders face devastating voids in legal representation that Equal Justice Works is eager to address through these programs.
“AmeriCorps members make a powerful impact on the toughest challenges facing our nation,” said Wendy Spencer, CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service, the federal agency that administers AmeriCorps. “As they serve others, AmeriCorps members will also expand opportunity for themselves - gaining skills and experience to jumpstart their careers. We congratulate Equal Justice Works for their strong application, and thank all AmeriCorps members for their service.”
"We're thrilled that the Corporation for National and Community Service recognizes that law students and lawyers are a valuable asset – sometimes an indispensable asset -- in addressing problems faced by under-served communities,” said David Stern, executive director of Equal Justice Works. “We are proud of the results our Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps members have achieved in helping homeless and vulnerable veterans, and we are very excited about our new program focused on addressing elder abuse.”
In addition to the grant funding, CNCS will make available $968 thousand in education scholarships for the AmeriCorps members funded by these grants to help pay for college, vocational training, or pay back student loans.
AmeriCorps operates as a public-private partnership that leverages significant amounts of outside resources to stretch the federal dollar and increase community impact. This grant will generate an additional $3.4 million in local matching support and other outside resources from businesses, foundations, and other organizations.
AmeriCorps engages more than 75,000 members in intensive service annually to serve through nonprofit, faith-based, and community organizations at more than 21,000 locations across the country. These members help communities tackle pressing problems while mobilizing millions of volunteers for the organizations they serve.
Since 1994, 980,000 AmeriCorps members have given more than 1.3 billion hours of service to their country, earning more than $3 billion in education scholarships. Later this year, the one millionth AmeriCorps member will take the AmeriCorps pledge, committing to "get things done" for America.
Equal Justice Works is the national leader in creating public interest opportunities for law students and lawyers. Collaborating with the nation’s leading law schools, law firms, corporate legal departments and nonprofit organizations, Equal Justice Works offers a continuum of opportunities that provide the training and skills that enable attorneys to provide effective representation to underserved communities and causes. Equal Justice Works is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. For more information, visit www.equaljusticeworks.org.
AmeriCorps is administered by the Corporation for National and Community Service, a federal agency that engages millions of Americans in service through AmeriCorps, Senior Corps, the Social Innovation Fund, and the Volunteer Generation Fund, and leads the President's national call to service initiative, United We Serve. For more information, visit www.NationalService.gov.