CEO Michael D. Smith and Congresswoman Susie Lee (NV-03) joined AmeriCorps members serving in Nevada nonprofit organizations for a roundtable discussion, school visit and recognition of service milestone

WASHINGTON, DC— AmeriCorps, the federal agency for national service and volunteerism, announced more than $7 million in investments to strengthen Nevada communities at Opportunity Village in Las Vegas June 29. CEO Michael D. Smith was joined by Congresswoman Susie Lee (NV-03) and leadership from Nevada Volunteers, the State Service Commission to highlight the recent funding, which includes grants from AmeriCorps State and National, VISTA, Volunteer Generation Fund, and state commission resources.

Twelve local Nevada organizations were awarded funds focused on a wide range of community-based solutions. This funding supports AmeriCorps members and volunteers as they tackle some of the state’s toughest challenges, including environmental issues, educational learning services and enrichment, reading programs, job skills, nutrition and food security services, opioid and drug abuse prevention, and more.

“I’m proud to continue this tradition by awarding a Presidential Service Award – a true testament to the culture of service and civic engagement here in Nevada. On behalf of President Biden and the Biden-Harris Administration, I’m honored to present today’s Presidential Volunteer Service Award to Tranae Phillips,” said Michael D. Smith, AmeriCorps CEO. “Tranae not only has a heart for service—but also a talent for connecting with young students to help them build the confidence and skills they need to be strong readers.”

Following the announcement, Smith participated in a roundtable discussion at Opportunity Village with Randy Robinson, City of Las Vegas, director of government and community affairs; Jaret Reyes, national service alumni, Reinvent Schools Las Vegas AmeriCorps and AmeriCorps members and volunteers. 

Smith also presented AmeriCorps member Tranae Phillips with a President’s Volunteer Service Award from President Biden. Phillips has served more than 3,600 hours with AmeriCorps, volunteering with United Way of Northern Nevada and the Sierra and Washoe County School District Volunteer Services.

“Tranae is a natural leader in our program,” said Krystal Nevada, program director, AmeriCorps. “She has volunteered to be the member that other members turn to when they are facing adversity or just need someone to talk to. She also invites other members to observe her sessions with students to help improve their mentoring skills. Teachers at her school have shared student success stories with me and they all appreciate her services at the school greatly.”

Last year, more than 1,400 Americans served at more than 100 locations across Nevada, including schools, food banks, homeless shelters, health clinics, veterans' facilities, nonprofit organizations and more. AmeriCorps invested more than $6.9 million in federal funding to support cost-effective, community-based solutions in Nevada. In Las Vegas, AmeriCorps members and AmeriCorps Seniors volunteers served in more than 48 locations, part of more than $1.6 million in federal funding to support community-based solutions. 


  • Walker Basin Conservancy, $606,723
  • Truckee Meadows Parks Foundation, $690,302
  • Truckee Meadows Parks Foundation, $287,963
  • The Great Basin Institute, $1,316,736
  • City of Las Vegas, $872,180
  • United Way of Northern Nevada and the Sierra, $414,710
  • Opportunity Village, $245,555
  • Nevada Outdoor School, $426,239
  • City of Henderson, $244,782
  • Healthy Communities Coalition, $244,174
  • Nevada System of Higher Education, $371,808
  • Nevada Volunteers, $1,286,103