Walla Walla County public-service programs receive grant

The funds are aimed at at-risk children and youth tutoring, youth and family advocacy, volunteer recruitment and environmental education.

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Walla Walla County's public-service programs were awarded $112,000 in grant funds from the state Employment Security Department.

The Blue Mountain Action Council received the money to help pay for 34 Washington Service Corps members who provide at-risk children and youth tutoring, youth and family advocacy, volunteer recruitment and environmental education, according to an announcement today from Employment Security.

A portion of the funds -- $35,000 -- was provided by the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act.

Walla Walla's allocation is part of the nearly $2 million being distributed to school districts, counties, learning centers, housing authorities and nonprofit groups to support 26 team projects over the coming year. Team members will provide services in 26 of Washington's 39 counties from September 2009 through August 2010.

The money comes from the federal AmeriCorps and Volunteers in Service to America programs. Employment Security distributes the money to cover operating costs and provide stipends to 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.

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