Federal community service workers will provide support to two local organizations serving local residents.

AmeriCorps, the federal government's community service program, announced last month that 59 workers will be supported by federal grants to work for Lutheran Family Services and College Possible. Spokeswomen for those local groups said at least six will be assigned to work with residents of Bellevue, Papillion, La Vista and Ralston.

College Possible Omaha, which helps low-income high school students enroll in colleges, will place five members, or “coaches,” in three local high schools, Operations Coordinator Ashlei Spivey said.

Coaches, she said, give students academic support, financial aid consulting and college application assistance.

“They invest in those students who would otherwise be unable to attend college,” Spivey said. Ralston and Papillion-La Vista high schools will each receive two coaches, Spivey said, and Papillion-La Vista South High School — a newcomer to the organization — will receive one.

Lutheran Family Service will place at least one AmeriCorp member with At Ease USA, a veteran support organization headquartered in Bellevue, spokeswoman Abby Sjogren said. She also said AmeriCorps members could be thought of as Peace Corps members on the local level.

ServeNebraska announced in a press release last month that Lutheran Family Services will receive $340,686 for 39 AmeriCorp members. College Possible will receive $228,000 for 20 members. The applications were “highly competitive,” ServeNebraska said.

College Possible, Spivey said, credits its previous work for it being selected in the national process.

“Our outcomes — our past success and cost-effective model put us at a competitive edge,” she said, “You can quantize our success.”

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