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COMMUNITY SERVICE ACT IS TOPIC OF ERIE PUBLIC BRIEFING TUESDAY

 HARRISBURG, Pa., Jan. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- PennSERVE, the Governor's Office of Citizen Service, will hold a public briefing Tuesday, Jan. 18, in Erie to discuss local community service opportunities and details of the new National and Community Service Trust Act.
 The briefing, one of six planned statewide, will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. in city council chambers, Erie City Hall Municipal Bldg., 625 State St. Local information may be obtained by calling Marilyn Pol at 814-870-1200.
 Community and civic organizations, schools and others involved in community service projects in Northwest Pennsylvania are invited to attend.
 State Labor and Industry Secretary Tom Foley, whose department administers the act in Pennsylvania, said the new federal law, called Americorps, expands the impact of youth and community service programs already operating in Pennsylvania under PennSERVE.
 "Americorps will reach out to solicit new youth service programs to improve our communities," Foley said.
 The federal act encourages grant applications from a wide array of programs -- from those that engage a handful of volunteers to state or multi-state networks of service organizations.
 Programs may be run by not-for-profit organizations, by local, state and federal government entities, Indian tribes, institutions of higher learning, local school and police districts, and by partnerships of these groups.
 Under the act, Pennsylvania will apply for federal funds to promote community service programs. College and tuition grants of up to $4,725 a year are offered for some programs.
 Program applications must be submitted through a special state commission to the federal Corporation on National and Community Service.
 Federal funding for the three-year federal program is slated at $300 million for fiscal 1994, $500 million for fiscal 1995 and $700 million for fiscal 1996. The law is projected to bring an additional $10 to $12 million to Pennsylvania in the first year, and $20 million to $30 million over the following two years.
 Current youth programs already operated under PennSERVE in Northeast Pennsylvania include the Pennsylvania Conservation Corps, Pennsylvania Library Corps, Summer Youth Service Corps, Pennsylvania Literacy Corps, Pennsylvania Service Corps, and school-based and local conservation and urban corps.
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 /NOTE TO EDITORS: For state information, contact the L&I Press Office, 717-787-7530, or Margaret Madigan of PennSERVE, 717-772-5431./
 /CONTACT: John Currie of the Department of Labor and Industry, 717-787-7530/


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