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Fri June 19, 2009
Americorps announces volunteers
By Renny MacKay
Laramie, WY – The Corporation for National and Community Service has announced which programs will get Americorps volunteers. The Wyoming Coalition against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault was again on that list, and will have 15 members serving around the state.
The executive director of the coalition, Jennifer Zenor, says these service members do a tremendous amount to support the coalition's efforts: "For example in Douglas, they have a thrift store that Americorps and Vistas are helping to operate. This is something that is needed in Douglas, can benefit the local program and definitely benefits the victims they are serving. It's just a project that is much needed but the program didn't have the capacity and Americorps coming in can help with that program."
The thrift store provides revenue for the domestic violence shelter and provides clothes for people leaving abusive relationships. The Americorps program started working with the Coalition Against Domestic Violence in 2005. Participants get paid a small stipend of 11 thousand dollars a year and receive money to pay off student debt or pay for future education.