FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: AUGUST 28, 2017
Contact: Casi (kc) Callaway, Executive Director & Baykeeper. email@example.com.
Mobile Baykeeper awarded $41,000 grant to hire 6 Americorps Members
Grant will expand Baykeeper’s efforts for watershed patrol, monitoring, education, and volunteer recruitment
6 Available Part-Time Positions (Two members per position)
(Mobile, Ala.) - Mobile Baykeeper has been awarded a federal grant in the amount of $41,490 from the Governor’s Office of Volunteer Services to add six part-time AmeriCorps Members to its staff for the 2017-2018 program year. AmeriCorps grants support organizations who address critical community needs in environmental stewardship, education, veterans and military families, economic opportunity, health, and disaster services.
Alabama Governor Kay Ivey is excited to welcome Baykeeper as one of the state’s funded programs this year and looks forward to seeing the impact it will have on the surrounding community. “The Governor’s Office of Volunteer Services, under the leadership of ADECA, is committed to helping individuals make a positive impact in their local communities,” Governor Kay Ivey said. “The grant given to Mobile Baykeeper, to help protect Mobile Bay and the surrounding area, is just the latest iteration of that effort.”
Under the AmeriCorps priority areas of environmental stewardship and education, funding will enhance Baykeeper’s existing efforts to raise awareness of its mission by assigning AmeriCorps Members to cover the following focus areas: 1) Watershed patrol and monitoring, 2) Environmental education through Baykeeper’s Strategic Watershed Awareness and Monitoring Program (SWAMP), and 3) Volunteer recruitment, training, and implementation. The long-term goals of each program include increasing the number of citizens educated on environmental issues, which will ultimately improve local water quality and cultivate more environmental stewards in Coastal Alabama.
“The AmeriCorps program involves a very competitive selection process and we are thrilled to be invited by the Governor’s Office of Volunteer Services to participate this year,” said Casi (kc) Callaway, Mobile Baykeeper Executive Director & Baykeeper. “Adding six part-time members to our team will significantly expand our efforts to work for clean water, clean air, and healthy communities throughout the Mobile Bay Watershed.”
Callaway adds that she believes this is the perfect opportunity for an upper-level college student or recent graduate looking to gain hands-on experience while making a difference in our community. “This program will enable us to provide invaluable experience to young people and inspire them to become stewards of our environment for generations to come. We are very excited to get it started.”
The program is expected to begin on September 15, 2017 and last until June 30, 2018. Mobile Baykeeper is currently accepting applications for each of the six available positions.
Click here to view a detailed job description and read specific instructions on how to apply. For more information, please contact Education & Outreach Coordinator Jamie Bullock at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 251-433-4229