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A federal grant will place at least 50 AmeriCorps workers in the Triangle to provide services for new immigrants, the Raleigh News & Observer reported July 19.

The workers will come to Wake, Durham, Orange and Chatham counties. They will translate public information brochures into Spanish and other languages, and interpret for immigrants trying to communicate with health departments, school systems, potential employers, social services departments and other agencies. The program will also provide after-school mentoring programs, English classes, citizenship education and transportation.

The AmeriCorps personnel will work through existing groups and agencies, such as Durham community center El Centro Hispano.

The AmeriCorps Cross Cultural Education Service Systems, a project of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro’s social work department, will coordinate the project.

The $514,042 grant from the Corporation for National Service also covers six other North Carolina Counties: Alamance, Buncombe, Forsyth, Guildford, Surry and Yadkin.

For full story, go to the Raleigh News & Observer.

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