Today, Congressman Steny H. Hoyer (MD-5) announced that the University of Maryland Center on Aging has received a $1,871,466 AmeriCorps grant from the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) to fund the Legacy Corps for Health and Independent Living. The grant will support 540 AmeriCorps members who are veterans and military family members. These AmeriCorps members, along with other volunteers, will support veterans and military families at fifteen sites located in eleven states by providing respite care and reconnecting them to their communities.
"I congratulate the University of Maryland Center on Aging on this important funding, which will support 540 AmeriCorps members," stated Congressman Hoyer."These Americorps members will help meet important needs in our community by assisting fellow veterans and military families and providing them with the care and resources they need. I thank the Corporation for National and Community Service for making this critical investment in our community, as well as the men and women who continue to serve our country through AmeriCorps."
"We are extremely gratified to use our public health expertise to meet the needs of veterans and military families in 11 states," said University of Maryland President Wallace Loh. "We are well equipped to provide the training and oversight needed to produce services for these families, and we are dedicated to this kind of work. Our thanks to Congressman Hoyer and our congressional delegation for helping us win this award."
The University of Maryland Center on Aging is an all-university, interdisciplinary institution designed to foster basic, applied and policy research, education and public service in the areas of health promotion, disease prevention and human aging. The Center launched the Legacy Corps for Health and Independent Living in 2001 to test the most effective methods to create sustainable and cost effective respite services in disadvantaged communities through the recruitment and retention of baby boomers as volunteers.