More than 2,200 community service opportunities for Pennsylvanians will be available through $9.9 million in federal AmeriCorps grants, Department of Labor & Industry Secretary Sandy Vito said Thursday.

The funds are distributed through PennServe: The Governor’s Office of Citizen Service.

Among the grant recipients is Appalachia Intermediate Unit 8: Pa. Mountain Services Corps, which will receive $1.4 million to create 145 positions.

The PMSC partners with nonprofit and government organizations across 16 southwestern counties to provide tutoring in math and reading and after-school and educational activities.

The counties involved include Cambria, Somerset, Bedford, Blair, Clearfield, Fayette, Indiana and Westmoreland.

“These opportunities will provide our citizens with the opportunity to learn new skills and enable them to make their neighborhoods better places to live,” Vito said in a release.

“Citizen service is a great way to participate in something of which you can be proud.

“It’s also one of the best ways to make a difference in your community – making it a better place to live, work and play.”

AmeriCorps engages residents 17 years old and older in intensive service to meet community needs in education, the environment, public safety, homeland security and other areas.

In exchange for performing one year of service, AmeriCorps members earn an education award that can be used to pay for college or repay qualified student loans.

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