Washington Campus Coalition for the Public Good receives $2.2M AmeriCorps Grant
Bellingham, WA – Washington Campus Coalition for the Public Good, which is hosted at Western Washington University, was awarded over $2.2 million from AmeriCorps to support the Civic Leadership and Engagement Corps program in its third year.
The Civic Leadership and Engagement Corps (CLEC) will place over 250 AmeriCorps members on campuses and in community organizations across Washington state and Idaho in support of several focus areas including K-12 and postsecondary academic engagement and success, access to medical and mental health services, food security and environmental stewardship and education. Members will carry out direct service activities that promote an integrated approach to supporting underrepresented and underserved students and communities.
“The Civic Leadership and Engagement Corps engages campuses and programs serving critical needs in our communities. We are pleased to be able to continue to build and grow this program in its third year and partner with campuses across our region,” said Jennifer Hine, Washington Campus Coalition for the Public Good executive director.
“This program is designed based on the needs we’ve heard about across our state and supports direct service in these areas. A big focus of the program is supporting students engaging in service which leads to greater engagement, increased retention and improved well-being in addition to the valuable service hours provided in communities.”
Programs or students interested in more information about the CLEC program or eligibility for enrollment can visit the program website or contact AmeriCorps Program Director Amy Brown at Amy.Brown@wwu.edu. Opportunities are available year-round and students may directly apply to serve.
About the Washington Campus Coalition for the Public Good
Washington Campus Coalition for the Public Good, hosted at Western Washington University, is a network of higher education institutions committed to advancing the public purpose of colleges and universities, educating students for the workforce and civic leadership, and working in partnership to cultivate vital and sustainable communities. For more information, please visit www.wacampuscoalition.org.
AmeriCorps, the federal agency for national service and volunteerism, 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 places more than 200,000 AmeriCorps members and AmeriCorps Seniors volunteers in intensive service; and empowers millions more to serve as long-term or short-term volunteers. Learn more at www.americorps.gov.
Jenny Spurgin, Associate Director, Washington Campus Coalition for the Public Good, Jenny.Spurgin@wwu.edu or (360) 650-6476