NEWS: DRA’s DeltaCorps adds 21 new sites, invests $1.2 million to support under-served communities

July 14, 2017

Program celebrates 1-year anniversary

MISSISSIPPI RIVER DELTA – DeltaCorps has added 52 new members at 21 sites across the Mississippi River Delta Region and the Black Belt of Alabama as the program celebrates its 1-year anniversary. DeltaCorps is adding four new sites in Alabama; four in Arkansas; one in Illinois; six in Louisiana; one in Missouri; four in Mississippi; and one in Tennessee. DeltaCorps provides boots-on-the-ground members who are dedicated to serving the Delta by building communities and changing lives.

The program has members serving local communities and organizations in all eight states covered by the Delta Regional Authority (DRA). DeltaCorps, supported by a DRA investment of $1.2 million, focuses on education, environmental stewardship, disaster recovery, economic opportunity, veterans and military families, and healthy futures. DeltaCorps members have recruited and managed over 2,000 volunteers and supported 300 displaced residents throughout the Delta as they returned to safe, stable housing during the inaugural first year.

“The enthusiastic response from communities and organizations has reaffirmed the importance of national community service,” DRA Chairman Chris Masingill said. “DRA launched DeltaCorps one year ago today, and this effort is serving under-resourced communities across the Delta region. DeltaCorps members are making a difference every day to enhance community capacity and improve the quality of life in our region.”

Here is a list of the 21 sites listed by state:

Alabama

  • Black Belt Treasures Cultural Arts Center | Camden
  • Impact America | Birmingham
  • Southeast Alabama Area Health Education Center | Lowndes County
  • West Central Alabama Area Health Education Center | Greensboro

Arkansas

  • Central Arkansas Planning & Development District | Lonoke
  • Crowley’s Ridge Development Council | Jonesboro
  • Hispanic Community Services Inc. | Jonesboro
  • Kiwanis Activities – Pfeifer Camp | Little Rock
  • Share Foundation | El Dorado

Illinois

  • Unity Christian School | Energy 

Louisiana

  • Bastion Community of Resilience | New Orleans
  • Playbuild | New Orleans
  • Presbytery of South Louisiana | Baton Rouge
  • Preservation Alliance | New Orleans
  • Second Harvest Food Bank | New Orleans and Acadiana 

Mississippi

  • Delta Health Alliance | Leland/Indianola
  • Habitat for Humanity | Clarksdale
  • Jackson Zoo | Jackson
  • Spring Initiative | Clarksdale

Missouri

  • The Delta Area Economic Opportunity Corporation | Portageville

Tennessee

  • Artesian Schools | Memphis

DeltaCorps is a program of AmeriCorps and DRA that engages individuals and organizations in intensive service in the DRA footprint. DeltaCorps is modeled after the highly successful AmeriCorps program, which since 1994 has attracted 1 million members who have contributed more than 1.2 billion service hours to communities across the nation.

DeltaCorps is a partnership with the Corporation for National and Community Service, which is providing $302,380 in education awards to the 52 new members. This is an addition to the $386,925 in education awards already committed to the 67 DeltaCorps members in 2016-2017.

In 2017-2018, DRA plans to contribute $17,500 per DeltaCorps member placed at an organization, with a total of 52 positions in Alabama, Arkansas, Illinois, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri and Tennessee. Participating organizations must provide a $2,000 match per DeltaCorps member that is applied toward a living allowance.
 

About The Delta Regional Authority

The Delta Regional Authority is a federal-state partnership created by Congress in 2000 to help create jobs, build communities, and improve lives through strategic investments in economic development in 252 counties and parishes across eight states. To date, the DRA’s SEDAP investments, together with its state and local partners, have leveraged federal resources into nearly $3.5 billion in public and private investment into local small business owners, entrepreneurs, workforce improvement, and infrastructure development projects. DRA investments have helped to create and retain more than 37,000 jobs, train more than 7,300 workers for 21st Century jobs, and deliver water and sewer improvements to more than 66,000 residents. Learn more at dra.gov.

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Media Contact:
Andrew Moreau
202-744-3558
amoreau@dra.gov