“For decades, our AmeriCorps program has provided opportunities for people to launch or further their careers, while engaging in meaningful service in our communities,” said Debbie Phillips, Rural Action’s CEO. “This award will enable our team to provide more focused support for people to get on-the-job training and connections to good employment opportunities.”

The Department of Labor, in conjunction with both the Appalachian Regional Commission and the Delta Regional Authority, recently announced funding for thirteen projects, and Rural Action is one of the recipients.

The Workforce Opportunities for Rural Communities (WORC) program has provided over $60.7 million throughout Appalachia and the Delta region that are designed to help people find family-sustaining jobs.

Paul Patton is excited about this opportunity to work more directly with people facing challenges. “Our high school internships and national service programs provide great opportunities for young people to start their professional networks. But we know that this economy and the scourge of substance use disorder have taken a toll on far too many people. This program will allow us to provide wraparound support and paid training opportunities for folks looking for a new job or a fresh start.”

Stay tuned as new positions open up!

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