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Economic Mobility

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Partner Logos: Governor Polis, Lt. Governor Primavera, Serve Colorado, Colorado Department of Health and Human Services, and AmeriCorps. Photo of two hands reaching out to one another.

In November 2021, The Polis-Primavera Administration, AmeriCorps, Serve Colorado, and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) signed a Memorandum of Understanding to support the economic mobility of Coloradans. As of November 2022, after the initial success of this collaboration, the Economic Mobility MOU was extended for two additional years.


Partners are working to increase enrollment in the Child Tax Credit (CTC), Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), and Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit (CDCTC). The partnership also supports financial literacy training, tax filing assistance, unified benefit enrollment, education assistance, increasing affordable housing options, and other strategies. Working together, all streams of AmeriCorps service are looking for ways to prioritize the economic mobility of Coloradans. 

Strategies

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AmeriCorps will prioritize economic mobility projects for AmeriCorps NCCC Southwest Region members and engage AmeriCorps VISTA members and AmeriCorps Seniors grantees in supporting economic mobility priorities. AmeriCorps NCCC had two teams of members serving at VITA sites in Program Year 21-22 and three teams in Program Year 22-23. There are also several AmeriCorps VISTAs serving various tax projects, including one with CDPHE. AmeriCorps Senior RSVP volunteers are supporting tax preparation efforts at several different sites.

Serve Colorado will give priority consideration to economic mobility programs through its AmeriCorps State grant competitions. CDPHE’s Title V Maternal and Child Health Program will work with partners to identify priority needs for economic mobility programming for AmeriCorps consideration.

Serve Colorado's Programs

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Serve Colorado currently has one operational program focused on this initiative, and five planning grants working to develop programs.

Rural Alliance for Dignity (RAD) is a program of La Puente which empowers rural nonprofits in the San Luis Valley and Southern Colorado to meet their mission by utilizing AmeriCorps members. Members facilitate direct-service programs that address economic insecurity, homelessness, hunger, health, education, and more. Activities include: case management and development training to support clients achieving self-sustainability, community education and engagement to increase involvement, benefit navigation and resources to supply quality care and financial assistance, and food distribution to expand the capacity of food banks throughout the valley. Learn more about RAD here: http://www.lapuentehome.org/

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Programs in Development

Parent Possible is developing an AmeriCorps program to increase access to tax credits and other public benefits. The program will look to provide tax assistance and financial education services, and is exploring other needs in the communities they serve.

Colorado Nonprofit Development Center is exploring an AmeriCorps program that would help High School Seniors, who are at the highest risk of dropping, embrace their potential and set them up for post-graduation success.

Easterseals Colorado works to ensure that those the agency serves have the rights and resources to thrive, creating a more equitable and inclusive Colorado. They envision engaging AmeriCorps members within their Employment Services, Neurological Rehabilitation Adult Day program, Disability Benefit Services, and other program areas.

Kids at Their Best has been working with their partners to develop plans to address the economic, racial, and cultural divides in their communities. During their planning period, they will explore developing an intermediary AmeriCorps program which expands mobile food distribution, and supports youth training and employment.

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Ways to Get Involved

Apply for Funding: Grants are available for nonprofit organizations, federally recognized Tribes, institutions of higher education, and state/local agencies to plan or operate an AmeriCorps program. Learn more here.

Serve in a Program: Contact a program above to learn more and apply! 

Partner to Increase Impact: Strategic partnerships strengthen AmeriCorps programs and their service impact in local communities. Interested in partnering? Contact Teralyn Dorst, teralyn.dorst@state.co.us for more information on how you or your organization can get involved.