Tallahassee — Volunteer Florida congratulated five community service organizations today for receiving funding from the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) for education.

The grants were awarded to the following programs:

AmeriCorps Orlando Partnership for School Success (O-PASS), City of Orlando
• $404,305
• 32 AmeriCorps member positions

AmeriCorps City Year Miami, City Year, Inc.
• $776,530
• 67 AmeriCorps member positions

AmeriCorps City Year Orlando, City Year, Inc.
• $665,000
• 50 AmeriCorps member positions

AmeriCorps Student Turnaround Project, Communities in Schools of Miami
• $259,350
• 28 AmeriCorps member positions

AmeriCorps Teach for America Miami, Teach for America
• $232,000
• 290 AmeriCorps member positions

“Volunteer Florida is proud of our AmeriCorps funding recipients,” said Chester Spellman, CEO of Volunteer Florida. “We are grateful for CNCS’ recognition of the impact that these programs are having in communities across Florida, and we look forward to working closely with them throughout the next year.

Volunteer Florida administers over $23 million in federal, state and local funding to deliver high-impact national service and volunteer programs in Florida. Thanks to CNCS funding, Volunteer Florida supports AmeriCorps members across the state. 88 percent of Volunteer Florida’s 1,366 AmeriCorps members served in an education-focused program during the last fiscal year.

This year’s federal grant cycle was highly competitive, with strong demand by organizations seeking AmeriCorps resources. Given the high level of competition, Florida is honored to be awarded an increased level of AmeriCorps funding.

Additionally, AmeriCorps members in Florida are projected to earn $2,588,214.00 in education awards to support their pursuit of higher education. These awards may be used to pay for college or vocational training or to pay back student loans.

“AmeriCorps members make a powerful impact on the toughest challenges facing our nation,” said CNCS CEO Wendy Spencer. “Building on Florida’s strong tradition of neighbor helping neighbor, AmeriCorps members will improve lives and strengthen communities across the state. As they serve others, AmeriCorps members will also expand opportunity for themselves – gaining skills and experience to jumpstart their careers. As we mark the 20th anniversary of AmeriCorps and Volunteer Florida, we thank our outstanding partners who make their service possible.”

To learn more about the 2014 grantee recipients, visit http://www.nationalservice.gov/newsroom/press-releases/2014-americorps-grantee-list.