FLINT, Michigan — Six more AmeriCorps VISTA members are headed to Flint through a $300,964, three-year federal grant to the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Flint.
“The grant from the Corporation for National and Community Service to support the AmeriCorps VISTA program at the Club is crucial to building capacity at our organization,” said Tauzzari Robinson, CEO of the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Flint. “National service members have made a great impact at the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Flint by focusing on educational services and healthy futures programs. We are grateful to continue this partnership with AmeriCorps.”
AmeriCorps members work to address high school graduation rates, citizenship and decision-making skills with young people in Flint.
Founded in 1965, AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) members work nationwide through organizations that help eradicate poverty. AmeriCorps VISTA members living and working with community members to address challenges and push local solutions.
The Boys and Girls Club of Greater Flint offers a number of programs designed to benefit children socially, physically, economically and educationally.
U.S. Rep. Dan Kildee, D-Flint Twp., announced the grant, which adds to previous investments in Flint to support response efforts to the water crisis.
Flint's AmeriCorps program is unique and intensive. Coordinated through the United Way of Flint and Genesee County, there are 480 AmeriCorps and Senior Corps workers supporting blight elimination efforts, community education, K-3 literacy, food security, nutrition, senior care and much more. Their work even drew the attention earlier this year
of Chester Spellman, director of AmeriCorps for the Corporation for National and Community Service.