United Way Partners with Americorps

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The United Way of east Mississippi announced Thursday morning that funding has been approved for the program "Americorps Rebuilds Mississippi."

This program will allow local residents to learn skills and possibly find a career in construction trades or emergency management.

Meridian Housing Authority executive director Derwin Jackson said the Americorps program is great for this community.

"It's just a win-win situation for us and for our residents and that's what it's all about, us partnering together with other agencies to help our residents become self-sufficient, become home owners, and get a job and move out of public housing," said Jackson.

Not only will local non-profit organizations like the Housing Authority, Habitat for Humanity, and multi-county Community Service Agency benefit from Americorps' work.

Americorps volunteers will get a stipend, health insurance, child care and a $4,000 educational award for a year of service.