Goodwill Announces New AmeriCorps Programs in Maine and New Hampshire

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For Immediate Release

September 24, 2012

Goodwill Announces New AmeriCorps Programs in Maine and New Hampshire

Northern New England– Goodwill Industries of Northern New England announces the start of two new AmeriCorps programs in Maine and New Hamsphire. The Multilanguage Leadership Corps places AmeriCorps members with English Language Learners (ELL) in schools and nonprofit organizations in greater Portland and Lewiston, Maine. AmeriCorps members focus on mentoring, school skills support and community engagement to increase academic engagement among English Language Leaners. The Granite State Education Corps places AmeriCorps members in schools and nonprofits throughout the state of of New Hampshire to work with students to increase education attainment.

In Maine, close to 20 AmeriCorps members will serve at 14 different sites, including the Lewiston and Portland Housing Authorities, Westbrook School Department, The Telling Room and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Maine.

In New Hampshire, close to 20 AmeriCorps members will serve at 13 different sites, including the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center in Concord, Boys & Girls Clubs of Manchester and Nashua, Rochester Youth Safe Haven, Allenstown School District, New Heights in Portsmouth and YMCA of Manchester.

Last year, Goodwill AmeriCorps volunteers recruited 3,523 new volunteers at more than 40 nonprofits and schools, who contributed nearly 50,000 hours of service. You can view videos of past AmeriCorps members discussing their experience at www.youtube.com/goodwillnne.

AmeriCorps members serve 9 to 11 months and receive a stipend and educational award that can be used for college or repayment of student loans. Members also engage in training opportunities throughout their year of service, including mentoring and counseling, grant writing, public relations and project planning.

Those interested in becoming an AmeriCorps volunteer or organizations wishing to host a member, can contact Joely Ross, Goodwill AmeriCorp Program Manager, at joely.ross@goodwillnne.org.

The Multilingual Leadership Corps is funded by the Maine Commission for Community Service. The Granite State Education Corps is funded by the Corporation for National and Community Service through Volunteer New Hampshire.

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Goodwill Industries of Northern New England provides community resources that eliminate barriers to opportunity and help people reach their fullest potential through the power of work. A social enterprise for over 100 years, Goodwill reflects economic, social and environmental sustainability, with a focus on connecting people to marketplace employment. Our services are funded by revenue from retail and recycling operations, grants, fees, and philanthropic gifts.  Please visit www.goodwillnne.org for more information.

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