Congresswoman Nikema Williams Announces $569,250 in AmeriCorps Grants for Addiction Recovery, LGBTQ+ Street Outreach, and Increasing Access to Healthcare

Mar 17, 2023
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ATLANTA Today, Congresswoman Nikema Williams (GA-05) announced three organizations in Georgia’s Fifth Congressional District were awarded $569,250 in AmeriCorps grant funding for 2023. The announcement was made to celebrate AmeriCorps week, which runs until March 18. 

The three funded programs are: the Center for Black Women’s Wellness, which will receive $78,360 for a new healthcare data manager; Covenant Community, Inc., which will receive $197,040 to help individuals and families recover from addiction; and the Georgia State University Alonzo A Crim Center for Urban Educational Excellence, which will receive $293,850 for LGBTQ+ youth street outreach programs. 

AmeriCorps is a federal agency that brings people together to tackle the country’s most pressing challenges through national service and volunteering. AmeriCorps members and AmeriCorps Seniors volunteers serve with organizations dedicated to the improvement of communities. AmeriCorps helps make service to others a cornerstone of our national culture.

AmeriCorps members serving in the VISTA program serve full-time for one full year at a community organization, such as a nonprofit, faith-based organization, college or university, local government agency, and more, on anti-poverty projects across the country. AmeriCorps members work on projects that build the capacity of their organization. The AmeriCorps VISTA Summer Associate program offers individuals the opportunity to become engaged in a community through an existing AmeriCorps VISTA project for 8, 9, or 10 weeks during the summer.

Congresswoman Nikema Williams (GA-05) said: 

“I secured funding for AmeriCorps VISTA grants because these grants work. The three VISTA Grant recipients in Georgia’s Fifth Congressional District now have more volunteers to improve the lives of thousands of people. I am proud to work with AmeriCorps, the Center for Black Women’s Wellness, Covenant Community, and the Georgia State University Alonzo A Crim Center for Urban Educational Excellence as we uplift marginalized communities.” 

Michael D. Smith, CEO of AmeriCorps said: 

“AmeriCorps Week gives us an opportunity to lift up and celebrate the inspiring AmeriCorps members and AmeriCorps Seniors volunteers who strengthen communities across the great state of Georgia. I continue to be inspired by the innovative service opportunities in Atlanta that address urgent community needs while opening pathways for those who serve. AmeriCorps was proud to invest more than $500,000 in three Atlanta community organizations—the Center for Black Women’s Wellness, Georgia State University’s research foundation and Covenant Community, Inc.—to support 28 full-time AmeriCorps members from our VISTA program and five Summer Associates. These national service members will serve as volunteer leaders, build capacity for these organizations, and help empower thousands of Black women and children in the greater Atlanta region. I am grateful to our partners in these vital organizations and Rep. Nikema Williams for her enduring support of national service.”  

Jemea Dorsey, CEO of the Center for Black Women’s Wellness said: 

“The AmeriCorps VISTA program has had a measurable impact on our organization and community because as members have lent their skills in the areas of data management, volunteer recruitment, and patient navigation it has yielded more resources and volunteers for our organization to provide needed patient care for the uninsured. These new grant funds will help us grow and manage our VISTA program, and we are grateful to Congresswoman Nikema Williams for her support.” 

Christine Love, Chief Executive Officer of Covenant Community, Inc. said: 

“We’re so grateful to AmeriCorps VISTA for their renewed support and to Congresswoman Williams for approving the funds. Our program provides residential treatment for up to 14 men and strategic recovery support to thousands of individuals and families grappling with addiction and mental health challenges, helping them regain control of their lives. The AmeriCorps VISTA Awards will allow us to enhance our processes and partnerships to provide more people with comprehensive treatment and expand our impact in the community.” 

Brian Williams, Executive Director of the Georgia State University Alonzo A Crim Center for Urban Educational Excellence said: 

“Georgia State University’s Alonzo A. Crim Center for Urban Educational Excellence will use the VISTA funding to support its LGBTQ+ Street Outreach program. AmeriCorps members serving with the program will work to connect LGBTQ+ youth experiencing homelessness with community services and resources, develop an LGBTQ+ sensitivity and trauma-informed care training program, and create tools to better inform the public about the challenges facing homeless youth in our communities. Thank you to Congresswoman Williams and AmeriCorps for investing in our program.”

CONTACT: PressGA05@mail.house.gov; pressoffice@cns.gov 

Congresswoman Nikema Williams proudly serves Georgia’s Fifth Congressional District on the exclusive Financial Services Committee. She is a champion of voting rights and builds on the Fifth District’s legacy as the cradle of the civil rights movement as co-Chair of the Congressional Voting Rights Caucus. Congresswoman Williams is committed to closing the racial wealth gap and ensuring the promise of America for all–regardless of your ZIP code or bank account.

AmeriCorps, the federal agency for national service and volunteerism, provides opportunities for Americans to serve their country domestically, address the nation’s most pressing challenges, improve lives and communities, and strengthen civic engagement. Each year, the agency places more than 200,000 AmeriCorps members and AmeriCorps Seniors volunteers in intensive service roles; and empowers millions more to serve as long-term, short-term or one-time volunteers. Learn more at AmeriCorps.gov.

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