Trout Lake, WA – Mt. Adams Institute has received a $1,149,768 grant from AmeriCorps the federal agency responsible for national service and community volunteerism.
This funding will support up to 74 AmeriCorps members across the country participating in Mt. Adams Institute’s career development programs: VetsWork, VetsWork FireCorps (formerly VetsWork GreenCorps), and Land Stewards (formerly Public Lands Stewards). These programs are designed to improve recreation, access, and conservation of our natural resources, while launching military veterans and young adults into careers within the public lands management field.
“We are excited to receive this grant as it provides funding for up to three years to operate our VetsWork and Lands Stewards program. This is the 10th year in a row that AmeriCorps selected our organization as a grantee and that is a testament to the positive impact that these programs have on our communities and the veterans and young adults that they serve,” said Brendan Norman, Executive Director of Mt. Adams Institute.
Mt. Adams Institute AmeriCorps members serve on conservation projects such as trail maintenance; visitor engagement, wildlife research, environmental education, geographic information mapping, invasive species monitoring, and community volunteer coordination.
This grant comes as a direct result of the success of the program. Since 2014, 84% of VetsWork participants who completed the program have been offered employment within the field. With this growth, Mt. Adams Institute looks forward to establishing new local partnerships and providing more opportunities for veterans and young adults to experience the outdoors while shaping their career path.
AmeriCorps will provide an additional $351,000 in Segal AmeriCorps Education Awards for the AmeriCorps members funded by this grant. After completing a full term of service, AmeriCorps members receive an award of up to approximately $6,500 that they can use to pay for college or to pay off student loans.
AmeriCorps, the federal agency for national service and volunteerism, awarded state service commissions and 342 nonprofit, faith and community-based organizations more than $580 million in AmeriCorps State and National federal funding.
One of the largest investments in agency history, this funding allocates more than $139 million of AmeriCorps’ historic $1 billion American Rescue Plan investment. Grants totaling more than $431 million will support more than 42,000 AmeriCorps members.
As the federal agency for volunteering and service, AmeriCorps brings people together to tackle the county’s most pressing challenges. Since the agency’s inception in 1994, nearly 1.2 million AmeriCorps members have served the nation.
Mt. Adams Institute matches the grant funding with additional support from project partners, including but not limited to the U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Columbia River Gorge National Fish Hatchery Complex, King Conservation District, Oregon State Parks, Willamette Resources and Education Network, and Willamette Riverkeeper.
Locally, VetsWork and Land Stewards AmeriCorps members have provided over 45,000 hours of service at local Gorge sites over the past five years including the Conboy Lake National Wildlife Refuge, Columbia River Gorge National Fish Hatchery Complex, Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, and the Gifford Pinchot and Mt. Hood National Forests.
Mt. Adams Institute is a nonprofit organization with a mission to strengthen the connection between people and the natural world through education, service learning, career development and research. More information about the organization can be found at: mtadamsinstitute.org
AmeriCorps, the federal agency for volunteerism and national service, provides opportunities for Americans to serve their country domestically, address the nation’s most pressing challenges, improve lives and communities, and strengthen civic engagement. Each year, the agency invests in grants for local nonprofit, community, tribal, and state organizations; places more than 250,000 AmeriCorps members and AmeriCorps Seniors volunteers in intensive service roles; and empowers millions more to serve as long-term, short-term, or one-time volunteers. Learn more at AmeriCorps.gov.