WILMINGTON, Del. – U.S. Senator Chris Coons (D-Del.), a co-chair of the National Service Congressional Caucus, and Barbara Stewart, head of the Corporation for National and Community Service are slated to meet AmeriCorps members with Reading Assist Intervention Corps on Thursday, August 29, from 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., at the Community Services Building here. Press is invited to attend.

Coons and Stewart will convene with the Reading Assist Institute for a brief discussion about its Delaware-based program. Afterward, they will join about 20 AmeriCorps members for a town hall discussion. The dialogue will serve as an opportunity to hear directly from AmeriCorps members about national service, why they joined the program, and what they hope to achieve during the service term.

There are more than 590 AmeriCorps and Senior Corps members who have served in Delaware in the last year at about 145 locations. The Corporation for National and Community Service, the federal agency that administers AmeriCorps, invested more than $4.9 million to support local programs through national service. These investments will leverage another $4.8 million in other resources to strengthen community impact, build local support, and increase return on taxpayer dollars.

Since 1994, more than 2,900 Delaware residents have served approximately 4.3 million hours through AmeriCorps, earning Segal AmeriCorps Education Awards totaling more than $10.7 million.

WHO: U.S. Senator Chris Coons; CEO Barbara Stewart, Corporation for National Community Service (CNCS); Representatives of the State Office of Volunteerism; AmeriCorps Members with Reading Assist Intervention Corps; Leaders of the Reading Assist Institute.

WHAT: A town hall with AmeriCorps members about national service.

WHEN: Thursday, August 29, 2019, at 11:15 a.m.

WHERE: Reading Assist Institute, Community Services Building, 100 West 10th Street, Wilmington, DE 19801.

PRESS RSVP: Brendan Mackie at Brendan_Mackie@coons.senate.gov.

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