HAYS, KS -- ProjectSERV AmeriCorps at Fort Hays State University been awarded $175,154 for the 2000-2001 year, an increase of more than $80,000 from past years.
Debra Ring, director of ProjectSERV, said the increased amount will allow more ProjectSERV members to serve each community host site. Some of the team placements for the 2000-2001 year will include the American Red Cross office, the Mary Elizabeth Maternity Home, Felten Middle School, Hays High School, Dream Inc., First Call For Help and Washington Elementary School.
The money will also provide a small living allowance for each team leader. Team leaders are in charge of the larger service projects in the non-profit agencies and schools in the Hays community.
"The new grant provides for the assistant director position to increase from half time to full time," Ring said.
AmeriCorps is a national organization recognized as the "domestic Peace Corps." ProjectSERV is the FHSU division of AmeriCorps. This organization provides teams of members who serve in non-profit agencies and schools in the Hays community.
Members commit to 900 hours of service to the community over a span of one or two years. In exchange, they receive an education award of $2,362.50, which helps pay for college tuition.
ProjectSERV also sponsors the Read Hays program in cooperation with the Hays Public Library.
For more information about ProjectSERV AmeriCorps, contact Ring at (785) 628-5977 or firstname.lastname@example.org.