- Associated Press - Friday, June 5, 2015

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - About $3 million in federal money is coming to South Carolina to support AmeriCorps programs across the state, U.S. Rep. James Clyburn announced Friday.

The 6th District Democrat said $755,000 will support AmeriCorps workers working at City Year Columbia helping students on their school studies. About $500,000 is going to WINGS for Kids, a Charleston-based program teaching social and emotional skills to youngsters.

The rest goes to the United Way Association of South Carolina for programs statewide. The South Carolina money comes from $200 million distributed nationwide.

Under the federal law that created AmeriCorps two decades ago, the federal dollars must have a local match. The $3 million brings an additional $1.7 million in local money in South Carolina where about 1,000 AmeriCorps members are working on projects.

Clyburn spoke with reporters in a conference call from Washington along with Bill Basl, the national director of AmeriCorps.

Clyburn said he sees a growing sense of volunteering in the country.

“I’m a great believer in volunteer service,” Clyburn said. “I have watched AmeriCorps participants work with students and I see in them a sense of wanting to help students get to where their potential can take them.”

The money that South Carolina is receiving is about $100,000 less than last year and Clyburn said it can be difficult getting money for such programs in the current political environment.

“Everything is difficult these days. It’s harder to afford anything at the state and federal levels,” he said. “But in view of what we had last year and what we have this year, I think we’re in a pretty good place.”

Each year, AmeriCorps employs about 75,000 Americans nationwide in service for nonprofits, schools, public agencies, and other groups.

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