The state Employment Security Department has awarded $83,000 to Educational Service District 112 to improve literacy in four Washington counties bordering the Columbia River.
The money will pay for 26 Washington Service Corps members to create or expand tutoring programs in Clark, Cowlitz, Klickitat and Skamania counties. The team also will work one-on-one with families to support struggling readers.
"The Service Corps enlists the energy and enthusiasm of young adults in projects that benefit our local communities," said Employment Security Commissioner Paul Trause. "The investment pays for itself many times over and makes a lasting difference in the lives of the Service Corps members and those they serve."
Statewide, more than $1.7 million is being distributed to school districts, counties, learning centers, housing authorities and non-profit groups to support 515 Service Corps members working on 15 team projects over the coming year. Team members will provide services in 34 of Washington's 39 counties from September 2011 through August 2012.
Funding for the grants comes from the federal AmeriCorps programs. Employment Security distributes the money to local communities throughout Washington to cover operating costs and to provide stipends to Service Corps members to serve on a wide range of public-service projects.
Created by the state legislature in 1983 and administered by the Employment Security Department, the Washington Service Corps engages the talents, energy and enthusiasm of civic-minded adults, aged 17 and up, in serving their communities.