Monday at PS 112 in Long Island City, U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-Queens, Manhattan) helped us announce our 2011 – 2012 AmeriCorps grant. We are thrilled to have the support from Congresswoman Maloney, and the New York delegation who have continued to advocate for the Corporation of National and Community Service and AmeriCorps programs like ours.
“With tough budgets in Washington, federal education grants are becoming tougher to secure… Citizen Service is an essential part of the solution to many of the problems facing our city, especially in difficult economic times. Thanks to this grant, City Year corps members will be helping our children learn and strengthening our community as they develop civic and leadership skills that will last a lifetime.” -Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney
Also in attendance for Monday’s announcement; Queens Borough President Helen Marshall, Susan Stern of the New York State Commission on National & Community Service, District 30 Superintendent Dr. Philip Composto, P.S. 112 Principal Rafael Campos, Representatives from the offices of Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer and Assemblywoman Catherine Nolen.
Not in attendance on Monday but sharing his thoughts was New York State Senator Michael Gianaris. “The receipt of millions of dollars for an essential education initiative like City Year is reason to celebrate, particularly as we continue to struggle with severe budget cuts forced upon us by the difficult economy.”
Congressman Jose E. Serrano (D – Bronx) also shared this announcement last week from his office in Washington DC. “The Bronx has benefitted greatly from the work of the City Year volunteers and we are thrilled that they will continue to serve in our community,” said Congressman Serrano. “As a part of the great AmeriCorps program, they are both helping our community, while learning more about the nation – and the experiences of Bronx residents. The learning flows both ways, and the experiences can be life-changing. I congratulate City Year for receiving this grant and thank all those who have answered the call to service by joining AmeriCorps.”