PATERSON, NJ – The New Jersey Development Corporation has received $419,418 in AmeriCorps funding, U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ-09) announced Tuesday. The funding will help place 20 AmeriCorps members on the ground to serve with the NJCDC in Paterson.

Calling the AmeriCorps program “one of America’s best ideas,” Pascrell said that he was “thrilled that a team will be sent to Paterson to assist the NJCDC in their important work.”

“For more than two decades, NJCDC has worked to revitalize the Silk City through education, social programs, and restoration of historic areas. The COVID-19 pandemic has undoubtedly challenged NJCDC in new ways, but the arrival of AmeriCorps members will help us meet these new challenges head on.”

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Also celebrating the announcement was Robert F. Guarasci, CEO of the NJCDC. 

“This will be our 27th annual AmeriCorps grant, which we first received in 1994 when Congressman Pascrell was Paterson’s Mayor, Guarasci said. “Congressman Pascrell supported our AmeriCorps initiative at its start in 1994, and we’ve been able to rely upon his support every year since. As a result, more than 500 individuals have served in our AmeriCorps program, providing countless hours of assistance to students in need of mentoring and tutoring.”

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