Board lauds work of independent living group
The Idaho Transportation Board commended the Idaho State Independent Living Council (SILC) and the Division of Public Transportation for pooling and leveraging resources through an inspirational partnership with the goal of creating “Local Mobility Management Networks” throughout the State of Idaho in support of efficient, effective, and intelligent transportation options that are accessible and seamless.
More specifically Buckland wishes to support the final development of the Local Mobility Management Networks, including the generation of coordinated public transportation service plans for each of Idaho’s seventeen local mobility networks as identified through IMAP.
The focus of Idaho SILC is to maximize opportunities and incorporate people with disabilities into all walks of life through personal empowerment. Idaho SILC also provides leadership development opportunities to empower grassroots advocates, who, in turn, will develop systemic changes in public policy to positively impact people with disabilities.
Since 1994, nearly 500,000 AmeriCorps members have served with thousands of nonprofit organizations, public agencies, and faith-based organizations nationwide-from small community groups to nationally known organizations such as Habitat for Humanity, the Red Cross and Boys and Girls Clubs of America.
Members tutor and mentor youth, build affordable housing, clean parks and streams, and recruit, train and manage community volunteers. In return for their service, AmeriCorps members receive an AmeriCorps Education Award that they can use to pay for college or to pay back qualified student loans; members have earned more than $1 billion in education awards since 1994.
Roughly three-quarters of all AmeriCorps grant funding goes to the Governor-appointed Serve Idaho, Governor's Commission on Service & Volunteerism, which in turn awards grants to nonprofit groups to respond to local needs. Since 1994, more than 2,700 Idaho residents have qualified for AmeriCorps Education Awards totaling more than $9.2 million.