Corporation for national, community service grants 11 new positions starting
Congresswoman Gwen Moore recently recognized young people for their dedication to
the community, and notable efforts to improve the quality of life
inMilwaukee’s central city.
Sunne Perry – anAmeriCorps volunteer who helps home-owners in the
Harambee neighborhood connect with resources to restore and beautify
their homes – shared her story about
made a difference.
“I was assigned to Riverworks Development Corporation help residents and
families in need of assistance with home rehabs in the Harambee
neighborhood. Eartha Collins, a 30-year resident who is now wheel
chair dependent. I connected her to the Heroes at Home program and in
a few months a gorgeous new ramp was installed on her home. She no
longer had trouble coming and going from her own home.
“What is even more exciting is the fact thatMrs. Collins is currently still
in the process of receiving more repairs to her home,” said
Perry about her experience.
Congresswoman Gwen Moore also announced that LISC Milwaukee been awarded 11
AmeriCorps positions starting September 1st, 2011, to continue this
These funds come through the Corporation for National and Community
Service, and the program is often compared to a “domestic Peace
“We’re thrilled that the Corporation for National and Community Service
recognizes the value that LISC AmeriCorps members offer to low-income
communities,” said Leo Ries, LISC Milwaukee Executive Director.
“AmeriCorps members are invaluable assets to neighborhood nonprofits and the
community,” Ries noted.
“But they also represent the future of our city, as they use their
experience to become lifelong leaders in our most challenged
LISC AmeriCorps members serve in LISC’s five target
neighborhoods—Harambee, Washington Park, Lindsay Heights, Clarke
Square and Layton Boulevard West.
Agencies hosting LISC AmeriCorps members included Riverworks Development
Corporation, Journey House, United Methodist Children’s Services,
WalnutWay Conservation Corp, Urban Ecology Center, Urban Strategies,
Layton Boulevard West Neighbors, Northcott Neighborhood House,
Wisconsin Community Services, and Neighborhood Improvement