More than 20 institutions across the Show-Me State will benefit from more than $4 million through grants from AmeriCorps, whose 695 members tackle critical challenges including tutoring and mentoring youth, protecting our environment, and helping communities when struck with disaster.

21 total organizations will receive $4,232,627.00 in grants from AmeriCorps, Missouri Governor Jay Nixon announced last week. Among the benefactors are Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Missouri in Columbia, $66,500; Boys and Girls Clubs of Sedalia, $106,399; Jumpstart for Young Children of the Greater Kansas City and Columbia areas, $299,999; and the Child Abuse Prevention Association in Independence, $106,399.

Across America, AmeriCorps brings together more than 75,000 members in service annually to serve through nonprofit, faith-based and community organizations. To learn more about the grants and to see a full list of benefactors, visit the Missouri Department of Economic Development’s website.