Source: United States House of Representatives – Congressman John Katko (24th District of New York)
June 19, 2020
SYRACUSE, NY— U.S. Rep. John Katko (NY-24) today announced that On Point for College has received $110,394 from the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), the federal agency that supports service and volunteering organizations including AmeriCorps, Senior Corps, and the Volunteer Generation Fund. The funds were awarded as part of the CNCS Days of Service Grant Program, and will support local On Point for College volunteers at a September 11th Day of Service event in 2021. In Congress, Rep. Katko has advocated for increased funding for the CNCS.
September 11th is Patriot Day and a National Day of Service and Remembrance. On this day Americans across the country are called to volunteer in their local communities in tribute to the individuals lost and injured in the attacks, first responders, and the many who have risen in service to defend freedom. On Point for College will use the award to train 100 volunteers to become mentors and drivers for low-income college students in Central New York.
“I recognize the far-reaching impact local volunteer and service organizations have in our community, and know that On Point for College provides tremendous opportunities for young people in our community. In Congress, I’ve consistently worked to empower these organizations and I am pleased to announce On Point for College has received over $110,000 to support its September 11th Day of Service Event,” said Rep. Katko. “With this funding, On Point for College will train 100 volunteers in Central New York so they can safely transport On Point students from college while providing advice and support as mentors. I’m proud to have advocated for these funds and applaud On Point for College for their continued work to improve the lives of students in our community.”
“On Point for College, Inc. is grateful to receive the September 11th Day of Service and Remembrance grant from the Corporation for National & Community Service,” said Samuel Rowser Executive Director for On Point for College. “We appreciate our elected officials and the many volunteers who help to break down the barriers that prevent young, underserved individuals from achieving education and career success. As a community we recognize the importance of access to post-secondary education and training programs as a long-term solution to overcome problems including poverty, homelessness, and incarceration. On Point volunteers serve as mentors and drivers for low-income college students in Central New York and supplement the important work of our college and career advisors. Now more than ever, with the economic obstacles that our students face, coupled with the funding challenges that On Point for College and other nonprofit organizations face, we really need the community support that this grant affords us to continue doing the important work of helping first-generation students succeed in college and beyond.”