Tallahassee – Recruitment for 2015-2016 AmeriCorps programs is in full swing, and Volunteer Florida is encouraging Floridians to explore service opportunities in the Sunshine State.  As more and more Floridians seek ways to serve in their communities, Volunteer Florida is excited to highlight AmeriCorps recruitment for 2015-2016,” said Chester Spellman, CEO of Volunteer Florida. “Floridians have the opportunity to apply for service opportunities in a variety of high-impact AmeriCorps programs across the state, and the time to apply is now!”

AmeriCorps members dedicate a year of their life to service, including tutoring students, assisting job-seekers, and restoring Florida’s natural resources. Volunteer Florida administers $31.7 million in federal, state, and local funding to deliver AmeriCorps programs in Florida through non-profits, schools, educational foundations, and other organizations in communities from the Pensacola to the Keys.  These organizations put AmeriCorps members to work in their communities, meeting critical needs and providing job skills to the members who serve. . AmeriCorps members receive a living stipend and also qualify for an education scholarship upon successful completion of their service.

“Volunteer Florida encourages Floridians of all ages and backgrounds to explore opportunities to serve in some of the nation’s best AmeriCorps programs,” continued Spellman. “Communities are increasingly turning to national service as a solution to meet Floridians’ needs while saving taxpayer dollars, and we are thrilled to provide a pathway to service.”

To see AmeriCorps service opportunities in Florida, visit http://www.volunteerflorida.org/apply/. Volunteer Florida encourages those interested in serving, AmeriCorps members, and AmeriCorps alums to use #ServeFL on social media to help promote 2015-2016 AmeriCorps recruitment.

CONTACT: Erin VanSickle – evansickle@volunteerflorida.org