UPDATE: AmeriCorps expanding for Joplin recovery

Wednesday, June 13, 2012 | 6:57 p.m. CDT

JOPLIN — The national service group AmeriCorps is boosting its Joplin volunteer force with 150 new full-time corps members over the next three years.

Seventh District U.S. Rep. Billy Long, R-Springfield, joined AmeriCorps leaders on Wednesday afternoon in announcing a $2.8 million federal grant for the program.

The nonprofit group Rebuild Joplin will recruit local residents for the new positions, adding 50 a year over three years beginning in August. The positions will come with a living allowance and a $5,550 college scholarship.

The new AmeriCorps members will manage volunteers and help repair and rebuild homes for families affected by the May 2011 tornado, which destroyed thousands of buildings and left 161 people dead.

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