U.S. Senators Amy Klobuchar and Tina Smith Announce Major Federal Funding For AmeriCorps Seniors in Minnesota

WASHINGTON, D.C. [02/08/22]—Today, U.S. Senators Amy Klobuchar and Tina Smith (Both D-Minn.) announced new federal funding for AmeriCorps Seniors in Minnesota. The program will receive over $600,000 in American Rescue Plan funding.

The award significantly expands AmeriCorps’ ability to bolster local communities’ COVID-19 response and support critical public health needs as the country works to recover from the pandemic.

“National service programs represent the best of our country, with Senior Corps members playing an important role as volunteers and community leaders,” said Klobuchar. “This funding will increase opportunities for seniors to remain engaged and connected to their communities through volunteering. As a longtime advocate for AmeriCorps, I’ll keep pushing for resources to support and enhance our state’s service programs.”

“From the beginning of this pandemic, we’ve seen Minnesotans step up and make a difference in their communities through national service programs like AmeriCorps Seniors,” said Sen. Smith. “I’m so glad this critical program is receiving well-earned recognition and the funding it deserves so that they can continue empowering Minnesotans to help their communities.”

The AmeriCorps American Rescue Plan Senior Demonstration Program provides funding for new AmeriCorps Seniors projects that engage adults age 55+ to help local communities as they recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. The increased funding will help AmeriCorps make service more accessible and inclusive while stabilizing existing national service programs and allowing for expansion into new communities.

You can read more about AmeriCorps American Rescue Plan funding here.