DIXON – Sauk Valley Community College will be receiving around $230,000 in federal funding to benefit the AmeriCorps program.
The funding was part of about $15 million announced this week that will go to 14 organizations in Illinois from the Corporation for National and Community Service, which administers AmeriCorps and other national service programs.
It will help more than 750 AmeriCorps members serve local communities, pay back student loans, and cover the cost of college after their service is completed.
"From big cities to rural towns, the AmeriCorps National Service Program has been a source of assistance and support in communities throughout Illinois," U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin said. "AmeriCorps Members come from all ages and backgrounds to mentor students, help people access affordable homes, rebuild after disasters, and much more."
At Sauk, $161,915 will go toward AmeriCorps program funding and $69,066 will be for education awards.
The mission of Sauk's ABC AmeriCorps program is to work with children, youth, and families in education programs and community based agencies to improve academic and life skills.
"AmeriCorps national service programs bring together people from all walks of life to address pressing challenges in local communities and strengthen our nation," U.S. Sen. Tammy Duckworth said.