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AmeriCorps Members Bring Passion and Enthusiasm to Year of Service With CHP

Christiansburg, Va. - CHP extends a big welcome to its newest AmeriCorps members, a group of 16 individuals working to meet critical needs and improve resident life at CHP properties across Virginia.

AmeriCorps is a network of local, state, and national service programs that enroll over 75,000 citizens per year in various organizations to meet the country’s needs in education, public safety, health, and the environment.

With CHP’s Project RISE (Resident Integrated Services and Education), an organization-wide network that combines human services with economic development programming, AmeriCorps members work directly with residents to increase literacy, teach conflict resolution skills, and provide service learning projects which address community needs and issues.

“Our AmeriCorps members are very important to CHP because they are the folks out in the field working with residents to give them a hand or to just give them a high five,” explained CHP’s AmeriCorps program director, Jasmin Cotman. “They increase our capacity and help our resident services team serve a greater population while expanding the services we offer.”

“We are fortunate to have such a passionate and committed group of individuals working with us. They are eager to bring about positive changes in their communities, specifically through the lives of our residents,” added Cotman.

After successful completion of their term of service, AmeriCorps members earn a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award that can be used to pay for college or graduate school at Title IV schools, or to repay qualified student loans. Full-time AmeriCorps members also receive a modest living allowance, health care benefits, and child care assistance.

Angie Roberts-Dobbins, CHP’s director of resident services said, “The AmeriCorps program is special because it offers its members an exclusive year to learn the ins and outs of the nonprofit world, especially in the area of community building. AmeriCorps really gives people a chance to gain valuable hands-on experience that can be applied to virtually any path they take in the future.”